Jason Kelce Weighs In On The Tush Push Controversy

Jason Kelce Weighs In On The Tush Push Controversy

Eagles' "Tush Push" Play: NFL's Most Controversial Formation Under Scrutiny

In the realm of NFL plays, one has recently stirred more controversy and intrigue than any other - the Philadelphia Eagles' "Tush Push" or "Brotherly Shove." This audacious formation has captured the attention of football fans and officials alike, with some accusing opposing defenses of bending the rules to thwart it.

Eagles center Jason Kelce, shedding light on the heightened scrutiny, recently revealed that NFL officiating crews had taken notice of the play's unorthodox formation and warned the team about proper execution.

"Defensive players have been lining up in the neutral zone to try and stop that play, and we've seen that called on opposing defensive lines," Kelce disclosed on his "New Heights" podcast. "But we received a warning that Landon (Dickerson) has been in the neutral zone, and that is against the rules. The only player allowed in the neutral zone is the center... Landon has been lining up in the neutral zone, so they warned us before the game."

Jason and Travis Kelce

While Eagles' head coach Nick Sirianni acknowledged that the league had communicated with the team regarding the play, he remained tight-lipped about the specifics of their discussion.


"We'll just keep our conversations with the league private," Sirianni told reporters, "Like anything they said back to us if we turn anything in or anything like that. They do a great job of giving us information, and I want to keep those conversations private with us and the NFL. We have to make sure that we don't leave any doubt on the field that we're legal during that play because, like Jason said, there was an emphasis on it this week."

What makes the "Tush Push" so polarizing is the Eagles' remarkable success rate when deploying it. Many teams have argued that it seems like an almost automatic first down when used in goal-line or short-yardage situations.

Interestingly, other NFL teams such as the New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, and New England Patriots experimented with the same formation in recent games, but none replicated Philadelphia's success. This underscores the unique effectiveness of the play within the Eagles' playbook.

However, success doesn't equate to cheating. Kelce revealed that Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland sought guidance from a rugby coach to refine the play. This underscores the team's dedication to perfecting their strategies while adhering to the NFL's rules and regulations.

As the NFL season progresses, the "Tush Push" will undoubtedly continue to be a topic of discussion and debate. Fans, analysts, and opposing teams will be watching closely, both to appreciate its audacity and to decipher its secrets. Only time will tell how this controversial play will impact the Eagles' season and the league's approach to innovative formations in the future.

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