Jason Kelce has given up trying to protect the ‘Brotherly Shove’ and told Roger Goodell to just ‘ban it’ amid reports the NFL commissioner wants to outlaw it from football.
The removal of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ signature play, which more resembles a rugby scrum, is once again likely to be a hot topic for the league’s competition committee this offseason.
The ‘Brotherly Shove’ is an enhanced version of a quarterback sneak, whereby two or three Eagles players line up behind quarterback Jalen Hurts and push him from behind in an attempt to get a first down.
Philadelphia have reaped the rewards of mastering the play and it’s become so effective that the Eagles now effectively have a one-yard advantage on every set of downs.
But questions about fairness and concerns over how it could lead to players getting injured has led to calls for the play to be banned from football.
Jason Kelce is tired of trying to protect the ‘Brotherly Shove’, telling Roger Goodell to ‘ban it’
Reports emerged last week that the NFL commissioner wants the play outlawed from football
Goodell is desperate to have the play outlawed from the game, claimed The Athletic last week.
Speaking on the latest episode of New Heights with his brother Travis, Kelce admitted he ‘doesn’t care’ whether it gets banned or not.
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He said: ‘Ban it. At this point, I don’t care. I’m over the discussion about it.
‘We were really good at running quarterback sneak before we did the push. I don’t think it’s a necessary part for it. It certainly helps, there’s no question about it.
‘I don’t have the energy to care about whether it gets banned or not.
‘We’re going to run it right now because we’re good at it and it’s effective, and whatever they decide to do next season we’ll find a way to do something at a high level.’
The ‘Brotherly Shove’ sees two or three Eagles push Jalen Hurts from behind to get a first down
The NFL’s competition committee is made up of various team owners, general managers and coaches.
Missing from the committee is a representative from Philadelphia, while each of its three NFC East rivals have a serving member.
Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera, New York Giants owner John Mara, and Cowboys COO Stephen Jones all serve on the committee.
The competition committee presents its findings to league owners during the NFL Winter Meetings, with any change in NFL rules needing 24 of 32 league owners to sign off on the decision.
Outright banning the move could have widespread effects, as its use has trickled down to the college and high school levels. No one runs it as effectively as the Eagles though.