Having a Counter Read in place with a Bubble on the outside of a spread formation “constrains” the number of players a defense can keep in the box.
The Counter Read is designed to get the defense to flow away from the action for a few steps, allowing better blocking angles for the offensive line.
This misdirection screen is good against fast-flow teams. The quarterback must sell the swing screen, then pivot and throw accurately to the running back.
The diagram here illustrates a packaged play, an H Insert Read Play with the QB reading the End Man On The Line Of Scrimmage (EMOLS), similar to the popular “QB Wrap/Dart Read”. The compliment is a Play Action Pass, causing a conflict on the Mike and 2nd level.
Easier reads and more avenues to run are some of the many advantages quarterbacks can benefit from. Offenses exploit these advantages through different quarterback read run schemes and RPOs. I am hoping to give insight into playing defense vs. this type of offense using a 2-high shell and split-field coverages.
The Stick Draw RPO is one of the most popular RPOs in the game of football. This play is much like other RPOs in that it runs through the same progression.