Jason Kelce, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, is sick of hearing about the tush push. Since the rugby-style quarterback sneak has been essential to the Philadelphia Eagles’ dominance over the previous two seasons, the conversation about the “Tush Push” has reached a fever pitch.
The NFL Competition Committee has the Eagles’ Tush Push right in the middle of things; according to a recent story by The Athletic, Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the play eliminated completely.
Kelce isn’t having nightmares about getting suspended. He actually had something to say to Roger Goodell.
“At this point, I don’t care. I’m over the discussion about it,” Kelce said. “We were really good at running quarterback sneak before we did the push. I don’t think it’s a necessary part for it. It certainly helps, there’s no question about it. I don’t have the energy to care about whether it gets banned or not. We’re going to run it right now because we’re good at it and it’s effective, and whatever they decide to do next season we’ll find a way to do something at a high level.”
WOW: #Eagles star Jason Kelce tells Commissioner Roger Goodell to “BAN” the “TUSH PUSH.”
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Two words you never expected Jason to say about the shove: Ban It
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Other NFL clubs have attempted, but failed, to imitate the play in 2023 because it has become a mainstay of the Eagles’ attack.
Jason Kelce’s take on the Tush Push
In response to two common criticisms from supporters, Kelce stated that he hasn’t noticed a rise in injuries brought on by the play and that other teams haven’t been as successful in executing it.
“If they do ban the ‘Brotherly Shove’ there will be a good reason behind it that the commissioner wants to get done,” Kelce said. “Whether people agree with it or not, it is what it is and we move forward.”
He added that even before they used the push, the team was 36–38 on QB sneak.
“The Tush Push gets a lot of the hype, but ever since [Eagles offensive line coach] Jeff Stoutland’s been here, we’ve been pretty darn efficient on quarterback sneaks.”
NFL clubs would be forced to continue using traditional quarterback sneaks, in which the quarterback follows his blockers rather than being pushed forward from behind, if the Tush Push were to become illegal.