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25 RPO IDEAS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Inside Zone Bubble
2. Inside Zone Cross Bubble
3. Inside Zone Stack Now Screen
4. Double Fold Bubble
5. Inside Zone X Now
6. Pin and Pull Double Hitch
7. Pin and Pull 3 Verticals
8. Inside Zone Cross Bubble Slant
9. Pin and Pull Slant-Wheel Rub
10. Inside Zone Cross Now Slant Wheel Rub
11. Pin and Pull X Now Hitch
12. Inside Zone Z Speed Out
13. Split Zone Double Hitch
14. Split Zone Smash-Flat
15. Pin and Pull Hitch-Slant
16. Pin and Pull Skinny Post
17. Double Fold X Now Screen
18. Inside Zone Triple H Pop Pass
19. Split Zone Boundary Hitch and Go
20. Empty QB Draw Bubble-Slant
21. Empty QB Trap Bubble
22. QB Lead Draw Smash-Flat
23. Inside Zone Lock Sluggo Z Now
24. Outside Zone Z In
25. Inside Zone Lock Quick Flat

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1 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

If you want to run the RPO, youre probably going to start with one like this, attaching a bubble route to the inside
zone.

The QB checks the numbers in the box pre-snap to see if the defense is giving him an easy decision, but if the alley
defender to the bubble side of the play is giving up a lot of leverage then this is an easy completion that can turn
into a big play with just one missed tackle.

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2 3x1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE CROSS

BREAKDOWN

This is a variation on the last play, but the addition of a sniffer tight end to the open side of the formation can put
more stress on the alley defender.

Running the inside zone with lead blocker on the backside of the scheme can set you up for all kinds of play action
schemes, and this play is a good starting point.

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3 3x1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 STACK NOW SCREEN

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

The inside zone is paired with another screen to the pass strength, this time the offense stacks up the receivers one
behind the other.

This is all about week to week game plan and film study. If the defense youre playing has alignment issues to this
stacked receiver set, youd better test it out. The read is mostly pre-snap unless you get late movement from the
defense off the edge.

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4 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT DOUBLE FOLD

BREAKDOWN

This is a great run scheme against an odd front, with a similar read as before.

If you get a 2-deep shell its an easy decision for the quarterback, but even against a one-high look the bubble can
still get free against a field-pressure look.

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5 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 X NOW

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

This is a different type of throw, since the QB isnt throwing to a moving receiver, its pretty much catching and
throwing to a specific point.

This is mostly a pre-snap read, and any late movement after the snap is basically giving the quarterback final
confirmation before deciding whether or not to throw the now screen.

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6 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP BACKSIDE ILB

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 DOUBLE HITCH

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

This formation can put an enormous amount of stress on a defense.

Depending on the leverage the backside inside linebacker is playing with on #3, this can turn into a purely pre-snap
read, and the sweep action allows the QB to ride the mesh and really force the backer to stay home a bit longer.

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7 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP NEAR SAFETY

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 3 VERTICALS

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

The pulling guards really help sell this play, and get the safety to at least stop his backpedal and hesitate.

Your QBs decision in that scenario depends on the matchup between the receiver and the safety hes reading, as
well as the QBs arm. Youve also got the fade to the boundary as well if you feel like youve got a positive matchup
there as well.

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8 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE - SLANT

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE CROSS

BREAKDOWN

This is similar to the other 3x1 zone bubble plays but has the added bonus of putting the alley defender in another
conflict with a route just behind his head.

The bubble-slant is a great change up, especially if the defense is aggressively taking away any kind of bubble route
from the slot. The slant route in particular gives you a couple of different windows to throw, so even if the alley
defender tries to play it safe and take it away, a QB and receiver with enough practice reps together will have the
patience to wait for the second window to open, and it could turn into a big play.

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9 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 SLANT-WHEEL RUB

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

Heres another wrinkle to throw into the mix. Its an especially good route concept to throw against a single-high
look if youre going for the home run.

The wheel route starts from the hash, and as a result if the coverage bites on the underneath route then the QB has
all kinds of room to throw him open down the opposite sideline. The trick here against man coverage is to line up
the two receivers far enough so that its not immediately obvious that some kind of cross-action or rub is coming.

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10 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 NOW SLANT/ WHEEL RUB

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE CROSS

BREAKDOWN

This is a variation of the previous play, this time against a defense who really likes to play reckless and with no deep
help.

The #1 receiver is on a now slant, and the goal is to either get open immediately or get some kind of rub on the
defender over the top of #2.

The slot receiver must time up his release off the line to come underneath the #1 receiver, and also attempt to
stack up the defender across from him, and get him to commit with his hips.

The QBs decision here will depend on the situation and the matchups like always.

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11 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP BACKSIDE CORNER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 X QUICK HITCH

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

Plenty of people like to throw this kind of pass off the backside of trips formation runs, but putting that receiver into
the boundary makes the throw even shorter, meaning the defense has even less time to react.

The quick flash motion of the back to the single receiver side of the formation is an added bonus to put the corner
on the defensive just before the snap. You could just as easily set the back to that side with no motion pre-snap.

This sort of play forces the defense to stay home, and can set them up for more explosive plays down the road later
on in the game.

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12 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP WIDE SIDE CORNER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 Z SPEED OUT

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

This play attacks the corner to the wide side of the field. The receiver here is just running a speed out, and the ball
should be coming out of the QBs hand as quickly as possible.

The play is probably not something youre going to use more than once or twice per game unless youre playing a
very bad defense or your QB is incredibly accurate. Depending on the skill level of your passer you may decide to
pre-call this from the sideline, or just tell him that unless he has zero doubt in his mind, just hand the ball off.

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13 PISTOL TWIN PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER/ CORNER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 DOUBLE HITCH

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT SPLIT ZONE

BREAKDOWN

Heres another RPO designed to attack the corner, but you could just as easily have the QB peek at the alley
defender instead.

The two-back set in the backfield, especially with the fullback aligned to the open side, gives the alley defender
something to peek at in the backfield. It also allows the offense to create the same puller effect without having to
pull any guards and create giant gaps for the D-line to leak through and get a cheap hit on the quarterback.

Again, your decisions should always be based on the matchups and the situation, and against this particular look
from the defense youd probably be OK just handing it off.

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14 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP CORNER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 SMASH-FLAT

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT SPLIT ZONE

BREAKDOWN

This is another throw designed to attack a flat defender to the wide side of the field.

One thing you never want to do is convince a defense that youre going to just stick to the throws to the short side
of the field. Routes like this allow an offense to keep the far side defenders on their toes, and create opportunities
for big plays down the opposite sideline.

Again, this all depends on the arm strength and the accuracy of your quarterback, but it can be an effective concept
for you.

The QB should read this like he would any other similar smash concept, and the flat route is designed to come tight
underneath the release of the corner in a rub concept.

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15 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP BACKSIDE ILB

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 HITCH-SLANT

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

Yet again, the QB is reading a linebacker, this time that guy is lined up in the box.

The backside inside linebacker is going to either be sitting in the slant window or chasing after the sweep once he
sees that pulling guard take off, and you want to make him pay no matter what he chooses to do.

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16 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP NEAR SAFETY

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 SKINNY POST

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT PIN AND PULL SWEEP

BREAKDOWN

Heres another RPO using the sweep play, only this time the QBs eyes should go to the safety.

You could just as easily put a bubble route on the backside of this play to give the QB a pre-snap read, but this is a
call you have circled on your sheet when youre looking for that home run ball.

If the near safety has a habit of sticking his nose in the backfield against the run, dial this up and get ready to play
the school song.

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17 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP CUSHION AND LEVERAGE

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 X NOW SCREEN

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT DOUBLE FOLD

BREAKDOWN

Just to keep the defense honest, heres another play to the wide side of the field.

This one isnt so much about any particular player as much as it is about the overall look to that side of the field.
When youve got a couple of receivers with such a wide split from the rest of the formation, it turns into more of a
numbers game, especially in this stacked alignment.

With plenty of room to either side of the alignment to find a running lane after the catch, against this look you could
throw the now screen with a reasonable expectation of picking up decent yardage.

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18 2X2
POST-SNAP 5 TECH OR WIDE (GIVE/KEEP) TO NEXT DEFENDER
(KEEP/POP PASS)

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 H POP PASS

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

This is a new twist on the triple option, and its best when run to the short side of the field.

If the corner comes up to attack the QB while hes carrying the ball and looking to run downhill, the QB is probably
not going to get a perfect pass away. As a result its important to give him a good sized margin for error, and thats
what the sideline accomplishes.

The H-back/Wing will arc release and give the corner a moment of token resistance before accidentally letting him
past to attack the QB, and then leaking down the sideline expecting the ball. Of course if the corner somehow sniffs
this out, the QB keeps the ball and the H-back just blocks him, and it turns into a standard zone read.

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19 PISTOL FLEX PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP BOUNDARY CORNER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BOUNARY HITCH AND GO

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT SPLIT ZONE

BREAKDOWN

Remember when we talked about setting up something bigger into the short side of the field? Heres where the
hitch and go comes in.

If youve got a very aggressive corner to the short side of the field, why not try this one on for size?

The QB can easily take off with the ball around the edge if the corner stays with the receiver, so either way this is a
pretty safe play.

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20 EMPTY PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE

PASS CONCEPT 2 BUBBLE - SLANT

RUN CONCEPT QB DRAW

BREAKDOWN

This is a favorite RPO of a lot of coaches, and it allows the QB to pick a side depending on the look pre-snap. You
may have opponents who prefer to play cover zero to empty sets, others may go single-high, but either way youll
have a good idea of what to expect.

At that point it just becomes a numbers game like everything else, and the QB can read the alley defender to his
preferred side and act accordingly.

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21 EMPTY PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 BUBBLE

PASS CONCEPT 2 BUBBLE

RUN CONCEPT QB TRAP

BREAKDOWN

This is more of a wildcat-type RPO, where you put a guy in the gun who knows how to follow his blocks on a precise
play like this.

Depending on the abilities of your QB, you may either keep your starter in, or decide to use someone else.

From a pure numbers perspective, this is a great play call, as long as youve got someone taking the snap who knows
what hes doing.

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22 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 SMASH FLAT

PASS CONCEPT 2 SMASH FLAT

RUN CONCEPT QB LEAD DRAW

BREAKDOWN

Heres another QB-run RPO.

Just like other plays, this can be a combination pre-snap and post-snap RPO, and against this look with both alley
defenders very wide the QB is wise to just take off with the ball.

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23 2X2 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP PLAYSIDE SAFETY

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 SLUGGO

PASS CONCEPT 2 Z NOW

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE LOCK

BREAKDOWN

Heres another home run ball to take advantage of an aggressive safety.

The QB has two options here, and against this look, even if the FS takes away the skinny post hes still got the sluggo
down the sideline.

Against a light defensive front like this one, its a lot safer to just base block the backside defensive end to give your
QB time to throw downfield if thats what he chooses to do.

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24 2X2 POST-SNAP LEVERAGE

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 Z IN

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT OUTSIDE ZONE

BREAKDOWN

This RPO attacks the wide side of the field, looking for the alley defender to chase down the stretch play, or at least
for the corner to drop and open up space for the in route.

If the underneath route is taken away, the #2 receiver should expect the football at the intermediate level as he
clears that layer of the defense. He can also attack the middle of the field, depending on the look of the safeties.

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25 3X1 PRE-SNAP NUMBERS / POST-SNAP ALLEY DEFENDER

ASSIGNMENT

PASS CONCEPT 1 QUICK FLAT

PASS CONCEPT 2

RUN CONCEPT INSIDE ZONE LOCK

BREAKDOWN

This is one of those plays that happens so fast theres no time for a token play fake.

The #2 receiver will take a single step then pivot to the outside immediately expecting the ball on his outside
shoulder. This happens so quickly thats its almost entirely a pre-snap read.

Theres also #1 receiver to the playside who is going to block the corner across from him, so the ball has to be
thrown and caught in a hurry in order to avoid an offensive pass interference penalty.

If the defense is giving you a lot of cushion and leverage pre-snap, just take it, and dont give them time to adjust.
Otherwise just hand the ball off.

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