This play is a great change-up for your zone read game and is also a great way to isolate a good 3 tech by putting him in a position he isn’t used to.
Split Zone is a great play meant to look like zone read to freeze the defensive end for a kick out block from the tight end or fullback.
The Mesh Drill has been critical in ball security & gaining an understanding of which defender is in conflict for each RPO concept.
If the defensive end squeezes down, the quarterback pulls the ball. If the end comes upfield or stays put, then the quarterback gives to the T-back.
Your number one objective defensively is to stop the run, but you must play assignment sound and disciplined football when defending the zone read.
The power read is nothing new in the game of football, and neither is the use of the shovel pass. However, the power read with a shovel option does seem to be experiencing an uptick in its popularity, especially as NFL teams are implementing it on the game’s biggest stage.