NFL Exec on Banning the Tush Push – ‘Don’t Punish a Team That Strategically Does It Well’

Despite plenty of debate over the last few months, the Philadelphia Eagles' unstoppable "Tush Push" is expected to stay for 2024.

The “Tush Push” might be here to stay for the Philadelphia Eagles for 2024 and beyond. After months of having current players and coaches give their opinion on whether Philadelphia’s “unstoppable” variation of the quarterback sneak should be outlawed, support for banning the play has dwindled in recent months.

Now, one of the top executives for the league has made his thoughts clear.

Executive VP of Football Operations Approves of Tush Push

Former Eagles cornerback and now executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, is always at the forefront of new league initiatives and rules that could better the game for the future.

To the former Pro Bowl cornerback, his former team’s dynamic variation of the sneak is not an issue.

“Don’t punish a team that strategically does it well,” Vincent told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live. “Their success rate is just amazing.”

Philadelphia had a success rate of 93% in 2023 with the Tush Push and an overwhelming edge at converting third and fourth downs and short plays.

Behind an offensive line that has consistently been among the best in football and a quarterback that has historically bench-pressed over 600 pounds, the Eagles have a unique edge when it comes to their “Brotherly Shove.”

Another feather in the cap of the birds, and a reason why the league is not quick to address the play, is that the effectiveness of other teams running it is far lower. Teams converted the play at just a 70% clip.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, once thought to be against the play, has since clarified his comments by stating, “I haven’t taken a position on that one.”

“Last year, the committee had a lot of different views on that, the membership did,” Goodell said. “I want to hear that again this year. I want to hear how people feel about it.”

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While Goodell may have hoped to see more discussion around the play, Vincent stated that it wasn’t even part of the discussion with the NFL Competition Committee when they met in Indianapolis for the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

With that being the case, it’s clear that the Tush Push will be back in the NFL in 2024. That’s not very good news for teams playing the Eagles next year.

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