While on his podcast, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay was talking about a controversial last-minute touchdown in Week 18’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints when he revealed the actual name of Philly’s infamous quarterback sneak play.
In the game, the Saints lined up like they were going to take a knee on the Falcons 1-yard line, up 41-17 with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead, the ball was handed off the Jamaal Williams who snuck into the end zone for a touchdown. After the game, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith was visibly angry when walking to midfield for the handshake.
As Slay broke down his thoughts on the touchdown, he talked about what he would want his team to do in the situation. … and maybe unintentionally provided fans with a new name for the QB sneak that few likely would’ve guessed.
“If we play Dallas, and we at the 1-yard line, and its the last game of the year against our divisional opponent that we don’t like, I wouldn’t be mad if Hurts done get into the Snoopy formation, and Snoopy’d it in on the 1-yard line,” Slay said via Big Play Slay. “I’m actually gonna love it. You know what I’m saying, cause I don’t like the Cowboys.”
When quarterback Jalen Hurts wants to execute the infamous quarterback sneak play in the huddle, he says, “Snoopy,” not “Tush Push” or “Brotherly Shove.” Because no one else in the NFL has been able to duplicate the Eagles’ success in short-yardage situations, the play has come to be associated with the team.
Several of Hurts’ 15 running touchdowns this season have come from the Snoopy configuration, helping him break the single-season record most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
Philadelphia’s Wild Card Weekend away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is set for Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET.