Run Pass Option (RPO) and why the QB doesn’t have to run to be RPO

There’s an ongoing misconception about run pass options, or RPO’s for short, ┬áthat the QB needs to be involved in the running game. This isn’t true. While it certainly helps because we all want the additional threat in our arsenal, myself and many in the NFL and NCAA have ran RPO’s without the QB being a running threat physically or schematically.

In my offense, a common RPO I like to run is Power out of a pistol king open set with an RPO tag. Power for me is a play-side RPO read, and thus I need my 2 WR’s to the play for a good RPO look.

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