Keep your conflict plays simple, learning at a minimum and execution at a maximum. It’s a formula that proves very successful in building RPOs.
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 quarterback reads the backside linebacker. If the backside linebacker adds into the call side, the quarterback throws the slant behind him.
If the backside linebacker adds into the call side, throw the Dig in behind him. If he stays, expand to the #3 wide receiver or hand the ball to the running back.
When the running back leaves the box on this Inside Zone RPO, if the Mike linebacker doesn’t follow him, throw it to him. If he does, hand it off.
The Mesh Drill has been critical in ball security & gaining an understanding of which defender is in conflict for each RPO concept.
Coaches looking for the right play call will always be right when running the Pin and Pull RPO concept. Whatever look the defense throws, you’ll be ready.
This simple but effective RPO gives the QB flexibility to throw the bubble if the overhang defender creeps into the box, or to the WR split to the left if the backside safety crashes to defend the run.
The primary goal of any defense when defending the RPO, is to always provide your players with the most effective tools in order to be successful.
On the Dart RPO, if Mike fills, the quarterback pulls and throws Pop or Smoke based off the Sam’s movement. If Mike scrapes, the QB gives to the A back.
We use this concept at Oxford High School – one-word tempo calls – with a great deal of success. We finished last season with approximately 20 one-word tempo calls and averaged 7.5 yards per play. Each of these calls included formation, motions or shifts, and play.
RPOs accomplish the primary goals of an offense; they create space and a numbers advantage by putting players like the Outside Linebacker out of position.
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