The game of football is ever evolving as offenses strive to stay one step ahead of what the defense is expecting. In recent years, RPOs – or Run-Pass-Options – have significantly increased in popularity as coaches have taken the triple option offense and added a pass to it. In today’s game, RPOs are everywhere as offenses everywhere have installed this easy, quick-hitting play to take advantage of match-ups and get the ball into the hands of a playmaker immediately.
When installing RPOs, you want to implement them into your most successful run plays for maximum result. In our offense, we install RPOs on the first day of practice because we want the quarterbacks and receivers to feel comfortable with this as we continue to expand the scheme. We start installing with the formation list below and we have rules that go along with every play we install.
“Hitch” is the first RPO I install.
1 WR – Run a hitch (Push up the field one yard, then work back to original stance)
2 WR – Outside WR runs Hitch, Inside WR blocks MDM (Most Dangerous Man)
– Onec the catch is made, the receiver gets upfield and towards the sideline.
This is a quick-hitting play that gives the offense a chance to get the ball to one of its playmakers in space. One of the key components of the play is for the slot receiver to get his block on the MDM.
The video clip below is an example: