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Read Option Football – Adding Variations to Make the Read Option More Effective

The read option is an effective way of utilising your QB’s athletic ability to gain an extra number against the defense in the run game. However, the basic versions of this play can be defended by well-trained defenses and can… Continue Reading

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Spread Offense Run Plays – Creating Open Running Lanes for the Quarterback

An important part of implementing spread offense run plays is having an athletic Quarterback (QB) who can run read option plays. The fundamentals of the read option have been previously discussed at length in our series of articles called Read Option… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – The “Gift” Route

In a previous article, we reviewed adding screens to read option plays. In this article, we will discuss the “gift” route, another piece that can be added to a read option with a screen pass. Most casual viewers might assume… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Adding Perimeter Screens

In the previous we have discussed various types of read option plays. In all those plays there were only two options in the play and the read was based on one defender. In this article we are going to take… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Using Wing Attachments

If you watch any spread offenses in college football chances are you have seen them use a Wing or what is often referred to as a “H-Back”. The wing is best described as a hybrid TE/Full back in the spread… Continue Reading

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Read Option Football (Spread Series) – Third Level Defender Reads

In the last article we talked about 2nd level reads and RPOs. The principles of 3rd level reads are exactly the same as 2nd level reads and are always executed as a RPO. The receiver’s aim is to win leverage… Continue Reading

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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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