The Eagles Gave NFL Another Reason Not to Ban the Brotherly Shove
Yesterday the Eagles gave the NFL another reason not to ban the “tush push”, and “brotherly shove” from the game. The Eagles fail at it too. The Eagles fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line during a QB sneak attempt, proving once more that the play is stoppable. It just so happens that the Eagles need to stop themselves by fumbling the ball, but it can be done! That’s not the only reason it shouldn’t be taken out of the game. It is just a QB sneak that the Eagles have perfected with a mix of leverage from their great offensive line and QB that squats 600 lbs. Late in the game against the Commanders the Eagles had a 3rd and 2, they were lined up to shove their way into another first down. Instead of doing the usually unstoppable QB sneak they handed it off to D’Andre Swift who took it around the end for the clinching touchdown – watch here.
The fact is that the Eagles run multiple plays out of this formation, and the NFL has no business banning it. It’s a testament to the ability of the offensive line, the power of Jalen Hurts, and the creativity of the offensive coaching. I’m waiting to see them throw a pass out of this formation. That’s the only logical next step in the trickeration of the brotherly shove. Devonta Smith is always lined up at the end of the formation because he’s 170 lbs and how is he really going to help move the pile? He’s not. Don’t be shocked if they, at some point, have Smith shoot out for a quick pass and score a TD. This idea holds more weight if they’ve successfully run the real Brotherly Shove play multiple times. The cornerback might be sneaking in a bit to add to the pile. Just an idea… Nick, it’s yours if you want it.
Nick Sirianni said after the Sunday night game against Miami, “If everybody could do it, everybody would do it.” Watch his response.