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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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Spread Offense Run Plays – Using the Quarterback as a Running Option

A big part of many spread offense run plays involve using the Quarterback (QB) as a running option. This enables the offense to gain an extra number in the run game, and also increase the amount of defenders in conflict.… 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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Spread Offense Pass Plays – Using Deep Pass Concepts to Take Advantage of the Defense

Deep passing concepts are an important part of any good offense that is able to manipulate the defense and take advantage of the coverages presented in front of them. Most spread offense deep pass plays are run from 3 or… Continue Reading

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Spread Offense Pass Plays – Using Deep Pass Variations to Attack the Defense

One aspect of spread offensive football is throwing on deep passing routes in order to move the ball down the field quickly to get into scoring position. Using deep passing concepts allows offenses to make big chunk yardage, gain momentum… 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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