Running RPO’s vs Man 1

When you run RPO’s and are the less athletic team, a lot of opponents will try to play cover 1 press man against you. This takes away the slants, bubbles, and puts a guy in the window of your pop pass. However, what it does leave is a 6 man box and a 1-high shell.

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Above you have the CBs pressed on the outside WRs, the strong safety playing 2 yards off the line on the #3, and a deep safety playing off over #2. Not quite press 1 (another deep safety 10 off at the ball) all around, but the foundation is there that it’s probably some form of man 1 coverage. What’s open? Well there’s 6 in the box so your run game. especially with no flat defender/force player to the 1 WR side, inside zone read should be there (IZR for short), especially a QB pull if the DE plays it right for us.

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Above, you’re getting man 1 free with 5 in the box. We should be able to run against this look and again, what’s open: The IZR and the QB pull- if the DE plays it right for us and there’s no scrape-exchange with the ILB.

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You can see the read end squeeze inside and he gets himself blocked down so the QB reads pull and can escape outside the OT.

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Above, you can see the QB with plenty of daylight on a 15 yard pick up.

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Watch the video below for a chalk-talk on RPO’s vs press-man 1.