The purpose of this article is to break down RPO’s and explain why our QB made the read he did using video and screenshots. You can understand more of the why and not just the what!
In our Pistol Wing-T, of which you can purchase the iBook here for $10, we employ RPO’s with our wing-t offense. We’re taking a look at power from our 20 personnel queen set. The QB cannot make a post-snap read to the backside in power:
Play 1- bubble.
As you can see above, the QB makes his pre-snap reads. Count the box- there’s 8 which makes it tough to run, then find the flat defender- the closest one is much too far from the slot, then count the shell- it’s one high which makes it tougher to run.
Play 2- Run.
Pre-snap for play 2 is run all the way. There’s an OLB playing the flat over the slot, the coverage is tighter, and there’s a 2 high shell with 6 in the box towards the run. Even post-snap the flat defender runs to the bubble and opens up a cut-back lane.
Play 3- Run.
Play 3 actually is a pre-snap bubble read. The CBs are playing press and the flat defender is giving some space. It’s a 1 high look and the box is stacked.
Post-snap maintains a bubble read as well with the flat defender bailing at the snap, we can easily connect and gain yardage on the bubble. While the power run is successful, it was a poor pre-snap read. Keep in mind the QB cannot read the backside post-snap because his back is turned.