This is our discussion on defending RPO’s from the 4-2-5. Here I run a check I learned from Coach Gray when he was at Virginia Tech (now at Florida), and another I’ve borrowed from Hugh Dehnert (Tampa Plant) and Sean (@IMFB_Sean).
Access throws, packaged plays, run-pass options / aka RPO’s… They’re all the same thing give or take and they’re the current hot topic of Glazier Clinics, message boards, bloggers, etc in the world of football.
When you see an amazing, almost too easy, touchdown in a big game during an important drive, is it great coaching or an act of luck? I think most offensive coordinators would say that their playbook, scheme, and play calling philosophy are designed to get favorable match-ups and bait the defensive coordinator and his players into a false sense of security, before hitting them with a Mike Tyson like counter-punch to the jaw. Counter punches are risky, because they require you to let down your guard enough to lure them in, but they can work as depicted in these instances. In this article I am going to discuss games I’ve seen and coached in, where a coach’s philosophy to set up a big play rather than go straight for it was the difference between a drive and the drive.