So you’re an old school, smashmouth coach who wants to run the football, but all of these new, young coaches are slinging the ball all over the field. You like to run power, counter, and toss out of the two back sets. How do you incorporate your preferred style of offense with the new run-pass-option concepts that have become popular in the past few years? Here are some ideas that can keep you old school, with a splash of what the new generation of coaches are doing.
Coaches like Urban Meyer and Gus Malzahn have been at the forefront of revolutionizing the ideas of a two back power offense, with enough spread concepts integrated to keep defenses from stacking the box.
Our base personnel set will look like this:
In this set, we have the traditional fullback and tailback, while incorporating three wide receivers to stretch the field from sideline to sideline. Out of this personnel grouping, we can run inside zone, power, counter trey, and counter GT. This gives us the ability to be smashmouth and pound the rock, but still prevents the defense from stacking the box.
Power is the first and best play that most coaches run out of a two back set. This play can be effective from youth football all the way to the pro level. Since this play is so commonly run by coaches at all levels, we will discuss the RPO game off of power.
This particular RPO is our base look when we run power. The playside slot is running the bubble. Our backside receiver is running the “Bang 8.”
When the QB comes to the line, the first thing he checks is the backside solo receiver. Is the cornerback playing soft? Is there an overhang linebacker covering the weakside flats? If he has grass, this is a snap and throw now.
If he doesn’t have a look he likes to the solo receiver side, he will check his slot receiver. Do we have favorable numbers to the two receiver side? If the flat defender is apexing the tackle and the slot, our slot has the advantage and we would throw this now.
Many defensive coordinators will roll to a Cover 3 look against 20 personnel. We still want to be able to run power vs. eight defenders in the box. We will attack a Cover 3 cornerback short and out of the range of the flat defender with a speed out to the short side of the field, and attack the wide side of the field with the bubble screen.
If the play side overhang is apexed between the play side tackle and the slot, we will throw the bubble screen.
The idea for this concept is to control the flat defenders to give us a six man box to run against. If the Will backer is playing the flat and the backside cornerback is playing off, we will cut the splits of our X and throw the quick out in rhythm on the snap. If the cornerback presses, the quarterback will look to the bubble screen before the snap. If the overhang to the two receiver side is head up on the slot, we’ll proceed to the run.