NFL’s former top ref thinks league will ban what made Eagles so good at Jalen Hurts sneaks

GLENDALE, AZ - FEB 12: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Herts (1) runs quarterback during Super Bowl LVII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, state of Arizona.  (Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts’ stealth pushing push made the team almost unstoppable in short yard situations. (Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles’ unique take on the quarterback sneak helped Jalen Herts complete 36 of 40 sneak attempts last season. He even made multiple appearances in Super Bowl LVII. Even though the late hold penalty gave the Kansas City Chiefs more time to win, Hurts recorded six of his 10 quick first downs in the game.

While pushing a ball carrier to help them move forward has been legal in the NFL since 2005, a former NFL chief umpire believes the Eagles’ influence may need to be reconsidered by the league.

“I think the league will look into this and I’ll be shocked if they don’t make changes,” Dean Blandino said via 33rd team. Blandino was the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating from 2013 to 2017 and is now a rules analyst at Fox Sports.

Nearly error-free play starts with two running backs behind Hurts in a semi-winning formation. Hurts pushes the ball forward while teammates lend a helping hand.

You can watch it in action here:

QB’s stealth isn’t a new game, but “Tush Push” has made the Eagles so aggressive on fourth down that it’s made some nervous this season.

In his podcast”Not just football with Cam Hayward, the Steelers defenseman spoke to co-host Hayden Walsh and guest Mina Kimes about the play. – It’s illegal, they are never installed. If you look, the linesman will never be installed,” Hayward said.

“This needs to be changed,” he added. “They are never given time, they rush to the ball and no one is ever in a hurry. They’re rolling forward, I’ve got it on tape, we can watch it. I always get mad at those fourth downs because that’s always the case. shift to attack. I’m just puzzled why they changed the rule. It used to be a penalty to push your boyfriend forward.

On “Richard Sherman PodcastThe former NFL player said, “The game is too dangerous for defensemen and should be illegal. weight on a couple of human beings,” Sherman added regarding the bunch of players who outnumber their opponent’s defense in the game. “You’re not protecting those guys down there.”

Former midfielder Arthur Motes stated on his podcast:Arthur Motes experiencethat the game also puts Jalen Hurts and subsequent quarterbacks at risk of injury.

“You keep sneaking up on the QB, your guys go lower, your quarterback sits right here at the top. Headshot. what are you doing. Since you legally punched Jalen Hurts in the face once like a ball handler, because that’s what he is, you go down there and put that Riddell [helmet brand] like he’s a real runner and I can assure you they won’t call this QB a sycophant so often.”

These are things that the NFL could potentially consider if it actually decided to investigate the fairness of the game.


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