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Opinion: Stop the Call to Ban Eagles’ Controversial “Tush Push” Quarterback Sneak

Kevin Burkett

The Philadelphia Eagles seem to have mastered the art of the quarterback sneak, and football fans are now calling for the version of the play to be banned. 

But there’s only one problem: there is nothing wrong with what the Eagles are doing.

The Eagles have been running their seemingly unstoppable quarterback sneak play — dubbed the “Tush Push” or “Brotherly Shove” by fans across the National Football League — since the beginning of the 2022-23 season.

The monikers come from the formation of the play, where two players line up next to Philadelphia’s quarterback, Jalen Hurts, with one player behind him, and they all push Hurts forward toward the line. The play is extremely effective for achieving both first downs and touchdowns.

The play’s wild success rate has left the NFL world astonished. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles’ Tush Push succeeded more than 90 percent of the time during the 2022-23 season, working on 29 out of 32 attempts.

The Tush Push’s effectiveness hasn’t changed much in the 2023-24 season. CBS Sports reports that the Eagles have been successful on 17 of their 21 quarterback sneak attempts this season — a success rate of 81 percent.

Despite numerous calls by NFL fans to ban the play, it doesn’t actually break any rules, which is why it should remain as legal as any other play. 

What the Eagles are doing is utilizing the strengths of their players in a way that only they can. Other teams across the league have tried to replicate this anomalous play, but none have had nearly the same success as the Eagles running this play.

“You’ve seen it across the [NFL] that people can’t do it like we can do it,” said Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. “If everybody could do it, everybody would do it.”

To reiterate: the Tush Push is not illegal. It is nothing like the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal in 2015, where Patriots’ personnel deflated game used footballs after they were inspected by referees.

“It’s not cheating, it’s not using illegal equipment,” said Colin Cowherd, a sports media personality and host of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Fox Sports 1.

“It is a coaching staff that says we have two unique athletes, a quarterback that can deadlift 600 pounds and the best center in football in over a decade, and we’re going to use these super talented players because they can do things other players can’t.”

The fact is this: the Eagles have simply identified two very unique strengths that only they have, and figured out a way to capitalize on them in games. They should not be stripped of their ability to use their strengths to their advantage.

Because no other team has had nearly the same success running the Tush Push as the Eagles, it would be incredibly unfair if the NFL were to ban the play.

As Cowherd put it, “It’s innovation, it’s ingenuity. Nobody else can do it this well.”

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