The NFL has been abuzz with the Philadelphia Eagles’ “Brotherly Shove,” previously known as the “Tush Push,” a one-yard conversion play that seems nearly impossible to stop.
However, Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive powerhouse, Chris Jones, isn’t ready to concede defeat just yet.
In a recent interview on the Rich Eisen Show on November 16, Jones confidently revealed a unique plan to counter the seemingly unstoppable play.
Jones acknowledged the play’s success, stating, “It hasn’t been stopped all year, but we got a plan for it.”
During the interview, he shared some insights into his preparation, mentioning an unconventional source of inspiration: rugby.
Jones explained, “We gon’ watch a few rugby games,” and cryptically mentioned a rugby friend who provided pointers on how to thwart the Eagles’ signature move.
The idea of a football star consulting a rugby player for tips on an NFL play raised eyebrows, but Jones affirmed, “I’m not joking.”
When pressed for details, he maintained secrecy with a smile, leaving fans intrigued about the potential rugby-inspired strategy.
💻 @StoneColdJones— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) November 16, 2023
Talked with the #ChiefsKingdom defensive end about Monday night’s Super Bowl rematch and does he really have a plan to stop the Brotherly Shove??#NFL #MNF #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/qs87a2wH82
The Eagles’ “Brotherly Shove” relies heavily on the coordination between center Jason Kelce and quarterback Jalen Hurts.
In an interview with Steve Wyche and The NFL Report on October 26, Kelce, older brother of Chiefs’ star Travis Kelce, shed light on the play’s success.
He emphasized the importance of repetition, timing, and trust between the center and quarterback, stating, “It’s not just the center-quarterback; it’s everybody across the board.”
Coming up on THE NFL REPORT , @Eagles C Jason Kelce explains to @JamesPalmerTV and me details on Brotherly Shove/Tush Push. For the entire interview at 7:15 pm ET, go to https://t.co/5JSCRfdPC8 pic.twitter.com/yqbwtCBmhH— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) October 26, 2023
Kelce highlighted the significance of game reps, cautioning that attempting the play for the first time in a game could feel awkward.
The Eagles’ commitment to practicing the play extensively gives them a strategic advantage, making it challenging for opponents to prepare adequately.
In a separate media session on November 16, Chris Jones spoke about the Chiefs’ defensive line, emphasizing the team’s selflessness.
Referring to players like Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets, Jones stressed the importance of making everyone around him better.
When questioned about his own impact on teammates, Jones concluded, “As a player, it’s not what you do. I think it’s more so how you make players around you better.”
In the quest to counter the Eagles’ “Brotherly Shove,” both Chris Jones and Jason Kelce share a common thread of selflessness and a commitment to elevating their respective teams.
The intriguing clash between the Chiefs and Eagles is set to unveil whether Jones’ unconventional approach can disrupt the Eagles’ dominance on the field.