The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of many league’s greatest offenses over the previous two seasons. The hiring of Nick Sirianni, continued improvement of Jalen Hurts and additions of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith have helped make that occur.
However on the core of all of it is the offensive line, stuffed with All-Execs and maulers who love blocking in each the run and move recreation. Their capability to push again defensive linemen and reset the road of scrimmage has paved the best way for the well-known “Tush Push” play, during which quarterback Jalen Hurts will get slingshotted ahead for a optimistic acquire briefly yardage conditions.
DeVonta Smith’s love-hate relationship with the “Tush Push”
Talking to Kevin Clark on his “That is Soccer” present, Smith spoke in regards to the “Brotherly Shove” and instructed Clark that he at all times tries to keep away from getting too near the road of scrimmage when it occurs. He additionally defined what goes on below all of these offensive linemen.
I’ma push slightly bit, however I ain’t attempting to rise up in that pile. Dangerous issues occur whenever you’re in that pile. You’ll be able to’t breathe. Everyone’s on high of you, you’ll be able to’t breathe regardless of how arduous you attempt to breathe, it simply would not work.
Whereas Smith may hate being part of the play, the Eagles offensive linemen appear to adore it. That side makes the staff so efficient at it.
Half of it’s simply the desire to need to do it. Lane (Johnson) saying ‘that is enjoyable’… these guys take pleasure in doing stuff like that. After we get a one-yard state of affairs, they’re all sitting there laughing like ‘y’all know what’s coming and there is nothing y’all can do about it’. They take delight in doing that.
Smith believes there’s nothing a protection can do to cease the play, regardless of how tight and condensed the defensive linemen get. And even when they do, he mentions that Hurts can pull the ball out and go round or excessive of the protection.
Smith did point out that Hurts fumbling the ball can be the one option to cease it, which is strictly what occurred in Week 8 when the Eagles performed the Washington Commanders.
Apart from that, you may as effectively begin transferring the chains as quickly because it’s third or 4th and 1.