Expanding Your Playbook with Option Football | FBCP S07E23

If You Can’t Block ’em, Read ’em

There’s an old saying among option football coaches. OK, really it’s among all football coaches… mostly old football coaches.

If you can’t block ’em, read ’em.

Pretty simple. When you don’t have anybody that can take that guy 1 on 1, you always have another option.

Just make him wrong, no matter what he does.

That’s the premise behind option football. Make one guy wrong, no matter what he does.

For coaches running a true option football system, this is a way of life. Let nothing get in the way of reading the guy that’s causing problems.

Then there’s the rest of us. We run an offense that is not based solely on reading defenders. Are we left out of the option offense goodness?


In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll show you how to expand your offensive playbook using option football principles. Without confusing your players and causing a total disaster in the backfield.

Option Football Takes a Lot of Work.

You can’t just install Split Back Veer in your game plan next week. Trust me. I’ve seen plenty of coaches try it.

(by plenty of coaches try it I mean tried it myself and hoo boy…)

Option football takes a lot of work. If you’re going to be a true option team, that means a lot of reps for your players.

If you just want to use option principles to expand your playbook though, you put that work on the coaching staff. Make it easier for the players.

Adding option plays into your existing playbook can be done without mass confusion and disaster. You can incorporate reads and even RPOs into the offense if you plan it right.

Stack the Deck in Your Favor.

Listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out how coaches can install option plays and almost guarantee they’ll work. This can really give your team an advantage they wouldn’t have if you just threw an option play in the playbook (that does not work).

We’ll talk about stacking the deck by looking at the problems your offense has. Then using a simple read as a lever to solve the problem.

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Where to Go From Here…

The Pistol Power Offense System is a 1-back offense at it’s core. But we’ve done a lot of work to expand and solve problems along the way.

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