Are Run-Pass Options the Next Big Thing to Hit NFL Offenses?

May 31, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the NFL, it's always preferable to be the cat being copied and not the copycat. Run-pass options—or RPOs—are the next step for coaches looking to gain an edge. They've already started to proliferate throughout multiple offenses, and their overall usage should expand further as talented play-callers look to expand their playbooks.
Everyone remembers the transformative 2012 season, where Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson ran roughshod over the league using the zone read. The play became the NFL's latest craze and remains effective if used judiciously. It also served as the first step within a growing trend.
NFL coaches are constantly tinkering. Punches meet counterpunches. Teams spread out opposing defenses. Once those defenses adjust, offenses start playing with a faster tempo. When tempo isn't enough, wrinkles in the running game with athletic quarterbacks are added.
RPOs are the natural extension of zone-read concepts wit...

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