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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Second Level Reads and RPOs

Second level reads involve reading a LB or a down safety. The read can be any second level defender, inside or outside, it depends on the play (see below). The option can be a run-run or run-pass. Most second level… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Basic First Level Reads

The most basic read option plays involve first level reads. Usually the QB will read the end man on the line of scrimmage (EMOL). This is usually a DE or an OLB, otherwise known as the “read man”. The read… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Philosophy Behind the Read Option

The spread read option offense has spread through college football offenses like a pandemic flu since it’s inception in the mid 2000s. It has even been implemented into offenses at the highest level in the NFL. The spread option offense… Continue Reading

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Spread Offense Run Plays – Using Condensed Sets to Attack the Defense

One dominant philosophy when running the football in the spread offense is to align in 3 or 4 receiver sets to spread the field. This allows for light 6 man boxes and opens up the read option game, where 5… Continue Reading

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About Move the Chains

Welcome to Move the Chains, a site dedicated to analyzing and discussing offensive football. If you are reading this then you and I share the same passion for this wonderful game. I hope the content published on this site does… Continue Reading

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