Love it or hate it, the "Tush Push" or "Brotherly Shove" is at risk at being banned. The most effective short yardage play in the NFL has been the Eagles go-to on third and one, fourth and one, and at the goal line. Philly does it well and better than anyone else.
The play has gotten the attention of many around the league. Some teams have copied it, while having success, but others struggle with it because they do not have the manpower like what the Eagles have. Unfortunately, the extra eyes on the play is not good for the Eagles who love calling it. Other players have gotten injured, and some see it as a way of cheating. None of this makes sense, and the latest naysayer will make Philly fans mad.
Who Wants To Ban The Eagles Signature Play?
The latest person to want the Eagles famous short yardage play banned is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This is per The Athletic.
"Though it will all come down to the voting, the most important opinion about the play may come from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. I was told by a league source that Goodell wants to see this play removed from the game permanently."
The NFL competition committee will ultimately have to vote on banning the play. Seeing the Eagles success and other teams struggling to stop it, it would not be surprising if it becomes illegal. Philly runs it successfully and opponents have no answer for it. Injury concerns might be a valid defense against it, but Philadelphia has not had anybody injured as a result of it.
The other argument people use is that it is not a football play. This makes no sense as teams need to use their best resources and talent no matter the situation. A third and one or fourth and one play call is not going to be pretty. Teams are going to use a running back, fullback, or in the case of the Tush Push, a quarterback to gain the yardage they need. If successful, they can open up the playbook again with a fresh set of downs.
If the competition committee will go as far as calling the Tush Push a non-football play, what about the QB kneel or QB spike? Neither of these plays contributes to the excitement of the game either.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens with the play. Meanwhile, the Eagles are on top of the NFC and should continue using the play to their advantage. Additionally, it is concerning that the commissioner of the league would come out against the play as Philly is in a championship push for the second straight year.