The tush push is still controversial this season, and the Philadelphia Eagles – the originators of the play – continue to use it to far greater success than any other NFL team.
Philadelphia went 4-for-4 on the modified quarterback sneak play during Sunday night’s 31-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spoke postgame about the advantage the tush push gives the reigning NFC champions while again calling for the play to remain legal.
“Every first down is first-and-9,” said Sirianni, according to Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports. “We have a lot of confidence in that play.”
He added: “People can’t do it like we can do it. Don’t ban this play. If everybody could do it, everybody would do it.”
The NFL competition committee considered banning the tush push last offseason – also known as the brotherly shove thanks to its Philadelphia origins – but decided against it.
However, the league is expected to review the tush push next offseason in the wake of players suffering injuries on the play this year.
With a powerful runner at quarterback in Jalen Hurts and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Philadelphia seemingly holds a unique edge in running the tush push.
The Eagles have converted 41 of 44 push sneaks when needing one yard for the first down since the start of the 2022 campaign, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears are tied for second with 11 conversions each.
Philadelphia moved to 6-1 with the prime-time victory, while Miami fell to 5-2.