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No other team made the most of the ‘tush push’ in NFL history like the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles.
Nick Sirianni sent multiple guys out there pushing Jalen Hurts in short-yardage situations, converting on 90% of their QB sneaks.
That was on full display in the biggest game of the season, as they got six first downs on QB sneaks in the Super Bowl alone.
And, while that’s not illegal by any means — and it’s evident that it works — the rest of the league might not be all that happy about it.
Pushing a runner has been perfectly legal since 2005, but that might as well change for next season.
The Competition Committee is reportedly weighing in on potentially changing the rule for 2023, with NFL executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent admitting that it will be a point of emphasis in the discussions.
Needless to say, that didn’t exactly sit well with Eagles coach Nick Sirianni, who’s obviously a big fan of this play:
“I think some defensive coaches are bringing that up,” Sirianni said. “I thought it was good for the game. Obviously I’m biased. We had a lot of success with it.”
#Eagles coach Nick Sirianni on the possibility of the push play being banned: “I think some defensive coaches are bringing that up. … I thought it was good for the game. Obviously I’m biased. We had a lot of success with it.” pic.twitter.com/o9IGTiyUeP
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 28, 2023
Once prohibited, pushing a runner is now actually a part of play-designing, so why not embrace it?
In fact, Sean Payton has openly admitted to being a fan of this and hinted at the possibility of using it regularly if the rule doesn’t change.
The Eagles were one of the most dominant offensive teams in the league last season, and it wasn’t just because of this ‘tush-push’ play.
Good teams will always find ways to hurt their rivals, regardless of how much the league wants to change the rules just because something is actually working.
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