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Eagles Tush Push: Todd Bowles says he doesn’t make the rules, would probably be writing a book if he could figure out how to stop the now signature play

Ahead of their Monday Night Football showdown at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Bucs’ head coach Todd Bowles recently addressed the Philadelphia Eagles’ now signature ‘Tush Push’ play that has left opposing defenses powerless.

The seemingly unstoppable play has sparked controversy among NFL teams and fan bases.

In reality, other NFL teams could run this play but they literally do not have the talent on their offensive lines or a quarterback that can deadlift 500+ pounds. So instead of trying to run the play themselves or at the very least, prevent Hurts and the Eagles’ offensive from running it so effectively, coaches and players are just complaining about it.

Todd Bowles wasn’t exactly shy when sharing his complaints about the play.

“If I knew the answer to that, I’d probably be writing a book,” Bowles said. “They’re like 98 percent on it. You know it’s coming, they know they’re giving it to you and they get great push – they’ve got an athletic quarterback, they’ve got a big line, and I don’t think anybody has stopped it yet. We’ll try like everybody else and see which side of the fence we fall on.”

“I don’t make the rules, I’m not the commissioner or anybody else,” Bowles said. “We’ve got to stop it. The play is legal – we’ve got to stop it as a defense. They do a good job of executing it as an offense.”

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Jalen Hurts in QB sneak situations with his offensive linemen pushing him forward has been remarkably effective. In this setup, Hurts lines up directly under the center, with a player positioned on each of his hips and another player in the backfield behind him.

When the ball is snapped, Hurts propels himself forward, benefiting from the formidable protection offered by Philadelphia’s elite offensive line. It’s worth noting that his exceptional strength, boasting a squat of 600 pounds, certainly doesn’t hurt.

The play has proven near-flawless for the team in short-yardage scenarios. The Eagles ran this play 41 times last season and achieved an impressive success rate, converting either a first down or a touchdown on 37 occasions.

With that in mind, there’s a good chance Bowles will see them run this play against his defense.

The Eagles are set to take on the Buccaneers in Tampa on Monday at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time. The Liberty Line will be in attendance with Phans of Philly. Go Birds.

Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer 

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