Shaping the Future of the Game

USA Football has established and continues to promote unmatched standards of safety, education, and support for coaches and players. 2019-02-21 USA Football logo

As USA Football continues to shape the future of the game, I am honored to be a small part of it.  Saturday, Feb 23, Day 2 of the USA Football National Conference in Orlando, will begin with my 9am presentation entitled “Adding  SPOs To Your Offense.”  RPOs (Run Pass Options) are based on putting a defensive player in a conflict or in other words, a decision dilemma.  Most often, the player put in conflict is the one most challenging to block in the running play called, thus creating a pass option off of the run. Therefore, if he plays to defend against the run we pass, or if he plays the pass, we run. We try to create a dilemma for the defender and an opportunity for our offense.

We have now brought that same thinking to our screen game with SPOs (Screen Pass Options).  2019-02-21 SPO DiagramWe identify the Sam LB (strongside inside linebacker) as the most difficult player to account for in our 2-count, 3-man screen plays, making him the player we target to put into conflict.  Instead of just calling a screen to one side, we offer the QB another pass read off of the conflict player, to the side opposite the screen.  We do this with dropback, bootleg and sprint out passing schemes.

As a high school football coach and athletic administrator, I appreciate all that USA Football does in establishing safety standards for players and educational opportunities for coaches.  The future of football is in good hands as USA Football continues to evolve and grow the sport.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends.

Don’t forget our clinics in New Jersey next month and Vermont in April. Get your brochure here: 2019 OLINE CLINIC BROCHURE.

Thanks for your time!

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