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NFL banning the QB push?

doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 21,708 ✭✭✭✭✭

It looks like the NFL might be thinking about banning the QB push that teams use at the goal line and to pick up first downs.

QB ‘Tush Push’ play that benefitted Jalen Hurts, Eagles could be outlawed in 2023

The quarterback sneak used to be a simple play in the NFL that required a quick snap and even quicker feet by the quarterback and his offensive line to gain a few feet that would provide a first down or touchdown. But in recent years, the play has looked more like a rugby scrum. That has often been the case when Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles attempted the play in recent seasons.

Hurts used the play throughout the recently completed season, including the Super Bowl against the Chiefs. Several players would get behind Hurts and help him gain yardage by pushing him forward.

The “tush push” play is legal in the NFL, but that may not be the case in the upcoming season. The league’s competition committee is expected to study the play that has become such an effective tool for the Eagles.

In the Eagles’ 38-35 loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, Jalen Hurts had 6 quarterback sneak plays. He was pushed forward by teammates on each of them and he made first downs on each of them.

Former NFL vice president of officiating and Fox Sports rules analyst Dean Blandino thinks the NFL will outlaw the play. “I think the league is going to look at this, and I’d be shocked if they don’t make a change,’’ Blandino said.

Sean Payton, recently hired by the Denver Broncos as their head coach, told Blandino he would use the push on every quarterback sneak his team has next season if the rule is not changed.

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  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 28,581 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm indifferent about it but I think it's easier to let it play out as it is than decipher whether or not a runner is bring pushed or not.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 9,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I dont have a problem with it at all. If defenses dont like it, just stop them. push some defenders up the middle to counter.

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  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,561 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm old school and believe the runner, whether a QB, RB or WR should gain ground on his own without assistance. I don't have a problem with the fact that it was used because it's within the rules --- my opinion is that it's a bad rule that needs to be changed. It strikes me as less like Football and more like Rugby.

  • thisistheshowthisistheshow Posts: 9,386 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't have a problem with it. I will shamelessly say that I prefer the traditional QB sneak, if only for two reasons. One, my favorite QB was the master. Two, it is not predictable and allows for other plays to be run.

  • AFLfanAFLfan Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't much care beyond the thought that this is just one more bit of NFL regulation that will eventually lead to someone winning or losing a game because officials interpret it incorrectly and blow a significant call.

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  • tommyrusty7tommyrusty7 Posts: 1,629 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't know how the officials know where to mark the ball in such a crush of players.

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 1,956 ✭✭✭✭✭

    NFL banning the QB push.....Oh Yeah... :)

  • TabeTabe Posts: 5,800 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The NFL survived for decades with it being illegal. I hate the play and hope it's banned again.

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 28,581 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @tommyrusty7 said:
    I don't know how the officials know where to mark the ball in such a crush of players.

    They dig the players out of the pile and fancy a guess lol

  • tommyrusty7tommyrusty7 Posts: 1,629 ✭✭✭✭

    Give these coaches an inch and they take it a mile.

  • grote15grote15 Posts: 29,375 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you can't leverage on FG attempts, you shouldnt be able to do this, either.

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