Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles popularized a method of quarterback sneak in which other players got behind quarterback Jalen Hurts and helped push him forward. The tactic has been controversial this offseason, with many suggesting that the league could ban the practice ahead of the upcoming season. But at least one coach doesn’t want to see the rule changed.
During a conversation with NFL insider Peter King of Pro Football Talk, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay was asked if he thinks that sort of play belongs in football. And he had quite a surprising response.
“Oh yeah. I do. I think there’s certain elements that they want to officiate differently,” McVay told King. “It’s one thing to be able to push a guy. It’s another thing when you’re pulling him in. Those are the things that they wanna be more intentional about in officiating. It’s a quarterback sneak; there’s just a little bit difference in terms of the formations and the way that it looks to us. That’s been a play that’s been consistent for a long time.”
Obviously, others around the game will have different opinions on the matter. But it’s clear that it isn’t just the Eagles wanting to keep the rule the same.