The Eagles Push Play is not going anywhere. Despite a ton of talk this offseason that it would be banned, it will be sticking around for at least one more season. There is no rule proposal by the Competition Committee to ban the play. Meaning next season the Eagles Qb sneak will once again be unstoppable.
The idea behind the push play is you don’t just sneak the ball, but line up players behind the Qb to help push him in. Pushing other offensive players used to be banned outright. But in 2005 the NFL changed the rule. Still, until now, you didn’t see it used quite like the Eagles did. The Eagles ran 41 QB sneaks last season. They converted 90.5 % of them. It was especially deadly in the red zone. Hurts ran for 13 TDs, and several came off these QB sneaks.
Jalen and the endzone meet again🤝#PHIvsAZ | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/M3HR7n1Xxa— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 9, 2022
Good. If it is an “unskilled” play like some claim it is, why didn’t every other team do it? It just seems another way to out some great offensive line play as less skillfully. The Bills, Ravens, and Bengals also did forms of the play. But no one else had the success the Eagles had. Maybe that will change this year. But as long it is just the Eagles doing this at this level, it is hard to call it unskilled.
It is surprising that it is not even on the docket to be voted on. There was such a big deal made of it this off-season. But apparently, it wasn’t that important to the NFL owners and rule makers. We will see if it gets revisited next off-season. For now, we have another season where 3rd/4th and 1 will be automatic for the Eagles.