With the dominant run game of the wing-t offense, finding ways to protect the running game when the defense starts to cheat can be a huge tool to both pick-up chunks of yardage as well as get them to play honest. As with any offense in football, the RPO is one of the best tools for accomplishing this.
Here are three RPO’s that you will want to add to your offense.
#1 Empty Jet Buck Sweep with Bubble. The bubble is a staple in RPO types of offense. It immediately forces the defense to take a defender out of the box and cover down. When you mix it with formations and a QB who can run, the equal numbers in the box or a numbers advantage on the perimeter become a difficult choice that the defense must make. The bonus for the offense is that you are always in a good play. Here is Scott Meadows QB Buck Sweep with Bubble to create the RPO (click on image for video).
#2 Belly with Slant and Go – When the defense begins to cover down to take away RPO and play man coverage, the double move creates a huge opportunity. That’s exactly what Hancel Phipps does with this wrinkle off of the Belly-Slant RPO, giving the QB an easy through to a receiver running wide open. Here is game video of the play:
#3 Counter-Go RPO – Making the defense pay on over playing your buck sweep with counter is always a great plan. Kenny Simpson makes the answers even more explosive by being able to add an RPO to Counter, this one with a go route. The video shows just how effective this play can be: