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  1. I've you've ever wondered what the term RPO or Run/Pass Option is, it is exactly how it sounds. The play is sort of packaged in a kind of two for one deal. You've got the called run play that comes in, BUT if the quarterback gets a certain look he's got a quick pass that he can just fling out there. It is not the same thing as when you 'Kill' a play from run to pass or when you audible . This is strictly between the quarterback and his receiver. The rest of the offense will still block it like it's a run, the running back may even be expecting the ball. So, for example if I'm at quarterback and @TheFatboi is at receiver and say @vel is in the backfield. I'm gonna get my pre-snap read and if the box is light, and they don't have that extra safety down then vel is getting the ball on a handoff, but if I look and there's 8 or 9 in the box, and I look out there at TheFatboi and that corner is playing off, I'm just gonna flick it out there. If that corner is pressed up on him, he's gonna press upfield and expect a back shoulder fade. We've already worked out these different scenarios in practice, so we're ready for anything. Drew Brees used to and still does get a lot of cheap yards off of this. Seattle did this a few times yesterday. Take note today with the Packers, this has been a huge component of their offense for a while, and finally, I'm starting to see this turned loose in Atlanta. Now full disclosure, this might have been in the scheme all along (in fact, I'm pretty sure it has been). It's just now jumping out to me. Matt Ryan's first touchdown pass to Julio was actually a called run (read that in an article), but the one that leapt off the screen to me that I wanted to take a look at was the one to Sanu that wound up being the killshot. Here's the play. Falcon's 1st and goal. Kyle has an inside zone play called from a singleback set. Matt takes a peek out to the bottom of the screen and I'm not 100% sure what he say that he liked. Maybe it was wide-bodied 6'2" Sanu against skinny 6'0" Lane (who had been getting abused all game). Maybe he liked the leverage he saw. Whatever it was, Matt was like "f*c1 it, it's 1st down I'm taking a shot." It was probably the 8 men in the box with both receiver's singled up that was what he liked. At any rate... And this is how you know it was a called run play. Take a look at the offensive line. Look how low they are firing out, looking to get push. That's what you do on a run play vs. a called pass play where the line retreats to form that pocket. Even on a called quick pass where the offensive line will play a little more aggressive, they still don't fire out low and hard like this. Further evidence, take a look at Freeman. He comes forward with his arms positioned like he's expecting a handoff. Matt's like "nah, homie, I got this one." Matt, you tricky *******. Beautiful job by Sanu. I usually try to wait until the middle of the week to do these, so as not to overlap with Shockley's film session, but this play really jumped out to me. Had me giddy at just how many new wrinkles I notice from week to week. Enjoy the rest of your football Sunday gentlemen... and the few ladies who are on the board.
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