From high school through the NFL, the run-pass option (RPO) has become a staple in offenses at every level. USA Football’s team of writers have put together a detailed package of articles that show the many variations and possibilities in using the RPO. Take a look into these articles for ideas to implement the RPO in your 2019 offense as well as ideas on how to stop these potentially explosive plays.
General RPO Articles
Still haven’t entered the RPO realm or looking to improve or expand on the RPO? These articles highlight some of the best strategies for utilizing RPOs.
Practicing the RPO
Drawing up a RPO that scores touchdowns on a whiteboard requires practice and drilling to make it come to life and work on the field. These articles provide ideas for implementing the RPO through detailed practices and drills.
Run Pass Option in the NFL
The NFL has some stricter rules on how far a lineman can get down the field, yet the RPO can be seen around the NFL. Much can be learned from their implementation of these plays where windows are smaller and precise execution is critical. These articles highlight some of the best teams utilizing RPO and QB-read game plays.
RPO Built around the Counter Scheme
The counter scheme creates space for a RPO when a level-two player works to fit the counter. These articles discuss the use of RPO attachments with the counter play.
Zone Based RPO
Many teams utilize the zone scheme for the basis of the run-pass option. These articles share specific examples from some of the best offenses in the country.
Scheme Variations of RPO
RPO tends to fit into the zone scheme and gap scheme runs. These articles highlight other blocking schemes that are effective for the run-pass option.
Using RPOs to defeat the Tite Front The most popular front used in 2018 and discussed during the 2019 offseason has been the tite front. This article gives some ideas for utilizing the RPO to defeat it.
RPO Specific Podcasts
In this episode of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast, current Kansas Jayhawks assistant coach Brent Dearmon returns to the show to go into detail about his run-pass option game. He discusses pre-snap reads, integrating power and RPO, and the three questions he asks about every new scheme or concept. Listen
On a previous installment of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast, Brent Dearmon discusses the transition to coaching college football and all things RPO. Listen
RPO innovator and current University of Tennessee assistant coach Joe Osovet joins this episode of the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast. Former head coach at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., Osovet sits down with Keith Grabowski to discuss the details of his RPO system and how to manipulate defenders. Listen
RPO Podcast Playlist.
This playlist currently holds 44 tracks with portions focused on RPO/defending the RPO. Listen
Defending the RPO
As much as offensive coaches like to discuss the RPO, defensive coaches are researching and scheming the best ways to stop it. Here are resources for defending the RPO.
Podcast – Incarnate Word (FCS) defensive coordinator Brandon Lechtenberg discusses defending the RPO. Listen
Defending RPO from 1-high structures. In this episode, four coaches who employ 1-high solutions when defending the RPO discuss their methods. Listen
Defending RPO from 2-high structures. Five coaches are featured on the show sharing how they defend the RPO with the 2-high structure. Listen
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