Jalen Hurts Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have benefitted from a controversial play that they have coined the “Tush Push.” And one assistant coach of their next opponent, the Washington Commanders, is calling for the play to be banned by the NFL.

For those unaware of what exactly “The Tush Push” is, it is a deviation from the standard quarterback sneak play that you will see by most teams on any given week.

Instead of having the quarterback get over the line to gain on his own, the Eagles have a player behind quarterback Jalen Hurts push him from behind for an additional boost. They pulled this move off for a touchdown in their Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It is a play that has been unbelievably successful for the Eagles, and there is now talk of whether the league should change the rules to no longer allow them to have a player pushing the quarterback on a quarterback sneak play.

Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio spoke about the Eagles’ signature play earlier this week, where he said that he would like to see it banned, calling it a “Rugby play”.

“I would personally like to see it eliminated, not just because they run it better than anybody, although they do run it better than anybody, but I don’t think that’s a football play,” Jack Del Rio said via Pro Football Talk. “I think it’s a nice rugby play, and it’s not what we’re looking for in football. But until it’s outlawed, we’ll prepare for it and get ready to do our best to stop it.”

Fans offered their opinions on Del Rio’s comments on social media.

There are obviously plenty of fans who agree with Del Rio and would like it see banned. It clearly isn’t the most thrilling play to watch. However, some blame clearly has to go on NFL defenses for not coming up with a way to stop the pretty simple play call.

And since it is a move that has worked to great success in Philadelphia, why aren’t more teams running it as long as it is legal?

It seems like the Eagles are benefitting from the current rules, and other teams should do less complaining and follow their lead in short-yardage situations.

[Pro Football Talk]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.