Message from Coach Gonzalez on his Webinar series

From Coach Gonzalez:


I am VERY excited as the work for the webinar shapes up.  I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the presentation, and think it will be an excellent primer to both the upcoming iBooks and subsequent webinars.

We are scheduled to go for 90 minutes, but the content might honestly run over.  If we do, we hope you can stay plugged in.  We are set for Tuesday, February 10, from 8:30 – 10 pm Eastern.  The registration link can be found here.

As far as content is concerned, I will not simply regurgitate old information (though I might reference some previous work); these sessions are intended to advance and expound upon the iBooks, although the teaching is conceptual and it is not necessary to know my terminology etc in order to get the full benefit of the lecture.

The main bullet points are as follows:

•Know what you want to be on offense

•Dictate to the Defense!

•Creating conflict in defenses

•Using tempo as a weapon

•Down and Distance considerations

•The Scoring Zone

•Making all of the above fit your personnel

This is a very broad, 50 thousand-foot overview; each bullet will have several subtopics.  For example, will also dive into the GAP SCHEME run game that I have used, as well all attachments and tags.  I will cover formationing, and touch game planning and teaching considerations as well.

As stated earlier these topics will flow nicely into not only the iBooks, but into upcoming webinars as well.  For example, Webinar 2 will feature the Cover 3 section of my game planning tool that I call HIT LISTS – designed to give coaches brainstorming capabilities, while still allowing to stay in the confines of their offense.

I’m very excited about this stuff and am hoping you are as well


Get Dan Gonzalez’s The Need for Change and The Blue Print.

Dan Gonzalez webinar series will be packed with information that any offensive coach can use.  Check it out here.

Register here

Email me  Put “Gonzalez” in the subject line. Upon your registration you will receive a code for A Coaching Arsenal iBook and be entered in a drawing to win 5 Coaches Edge current or future titles of your choice.

Foreword and excerpt of RPO by Brent Eckley

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The term RPO (Run-Pass-Option) seems to have as many interpretations as there are coaches using it.  The main goals of this book are to:

  1. Give a background on one way to employ a spread offense.
  2. Introduce and define RPO as used in our offense.
  3. Present a few ways to use RPO’s in a spread offense and show the benefits of using RPO’s.
  4. Introduce the reader to the problems encountered with running RPO’s as well as present the answers to the presented problems.

It seems the RPO is the ‘next big’ thing in offensive football.  I’m sure it’s been used for generations under other names.  So like most ideas in football, the RPO is not new, but rather used in a new way.  As offensive and defensive coaches battle for who gets the chalk last, the RPO appears to be a very sound way to attack defenses, while giving the defense something new to prepare for.  Additionally, it appears to have some built in advantages for the offense that might keep it ahead of a well-coached, well-prepared defense.

The RPO in its simplest form includes a run play combined with a pass play.  There is a defined ‘read’ player that is a non-first level player.  This means any defender that is not a defensive lineman.  Generally speaking, the run play is blocked by front side linemen, while the back side linemen base block, to protect the quarterback from any type of defensive player run through.  The quarterback catches the snap, reads the designated player, and makes a simple choice of give, or throw.  This is based on the reaction of the ‘read’ player.

It is my hope that any coach could use this book as a resource to either benefit his offensive system, or to help the defensive coach prepare to defend this specific family of plays.


Run Pass Options

For the past 15 seasons, we have employed “read” concepts in our offense.  We read the back side or front side defensive end on our zone, man and gap schemes.  The natural progression for us in our offense was to begin reading second level players in our run game.  Our latest “wrinkle” has been to add in the ability to read a second level player.  Our thought process started with running draw with a stick concept out of a three receiver set.  We added in the adjustment of allowing our single receiver to run a man beating route, to have an answer for blitz.  Our final adjustment off of the “stick-draw” concept was to run the ball with the quarterback. When we do this, we free release the running back to the weak side, so we still have the man beating route by the single receiver, with a swing route by our back.  Our quarterback rule on this play is to look for two over three on our three receiver side.  If we get that look, then we read the number three defender.  If he opens, gains width and plays pass, we run the draw.  If he holds to the box, then we throw the stick concept.  If the defense is in a three over three look to our three receiver side, we assume the defense is in a man look, and we look for the one on one match up with our single receiver.

We followed this thought up with adding in our inside zone and dive run game scheme to the run pass concept.  A new wrinkle we came across was to run inside zone out of a two by two set and have the front side receivers run slants, while the back side receivers would run the quick screen concept.  We found that we could run a bubble screen with the number two receiver or run a now screen to the number one receiver, depending on field width.  So for our quarterback, we would first look to see if we leverage to throw the screen to the backside….

RPO iBook is live!

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That means we have to draw our winner:

Michael Kasimoff

Get it for your iPad or Mac here. (iPhone version coming soon)

Coach Eckley presents a topic that has become the hottest in football offense:  the run-pass option.  Beckley explains his use of RPO and its evolution in his system over a 15 year period.  Eckley’s teams are 126-14 over his tenure, and RPO was a factor in their offensive success.  Over 3 hours video include clinic explanations, video telestrations and analysis, and 43 game cut-ups from sideline and end zone views.  Beckley’s explanation of his system from top to bottom allow any coach the understanding of RPO and how to include it in his own system.

The Rhythm Feature of the Passing Game

Homer Smith 1998 Homer Smith Rhythm Feature

The images above show Homer Smith’s 1997 Arizona playbook.  You can see that Smith believed in calibrating route and getting the ball out at precise times.  This is a fundamental of the passing game that has been around a long time, though it’s taken on different names and presentation.

The premise is that the ball should be out on the the last step of a 5-step drop in 1.8 seconds and on a hitch-up step in 2.4 seconds. In this way the route and the quarterback’s eyes and feet are in sync.  In looking a Smith’s diagrams you can see that speed outs, spot routes and curls and deep corner routes are out in 2.4 seconds.  Being able to calibrate your system in this way allows for the ball to be out before many protections break down.  This is a sound way of developing a passing game.  To learn more about this type of progression and passing game, check out Dan Gonzalez’s The Need for Change and The Blue Print.  Gonzalez has been a proponent of this type of progression as he spent time learning and corresponding with the late Smith.  This principle remains as sound today as it was when it was first developed decades ago.  Gonzalez has been able to package it for use in today’s offenses.

Dan Gonzalez webinar series will be packed with information that any offensive coach can use.  Check it out here.

Register here

Email me  Put “Gonzalez” in the subject line. Upon your registration you will receive a code for A Coaching Arsenal iBook and be entered in a drawing to win 5 Coaches Edge current or future titles of your choice.

iPhone versions of Coaches Edge iBooks coming soon.

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No iPad or Mac?  No problem.  Dan Gonzalez’s The Need for Change and The Blue Print, Josh Herring’s Quick Rhythm Option Routes, and Brent Eckley’s RPO. Will be available soon in the iPhone version.

These versions will contain all of the content, but some of the interactive features are not supported on the iPhone.  The good news is all text, diagrams, and video are available.

To win these four titles for your iPhone email me at and put “iPhone” in the subject line.  We will draw the winner upon the release of the first title.

Dan Gonzalez Webinar Series

I’ve seen the content Dan is including, and you will not want to miss this.  He is including material that is not found in his books.  His ideas are cutting edge and will make any offense better.

Register here

Email me  Put “Gonzalez” in the subject line. Upon your registration you will receive a code for A Coaching Arsenal iBook and be entered in a drawing to win 5 Coaches Edge current or future titles of your choice.

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Targeted Attack:  Using Tempo as a Weapon by Keith Grabowski

Over 20 tempo tools are discussed in detail and further explained with game video.  If you are not including Tempo as part of your attack, you are missing huge opportunities to move the football.  Lean more here

Want some RPO now?

RPO is something you will see a section on in several of our iBooks.

Josh Herring includes it in Quick Rhythm Option Routes.  This concept is a great tool for any offense, and he has utilized quick rhythm routes with run pass options as well.

101+ Read Game Plays by Keith Grabowski includes a variety of read game components, RPO, and play action off of the read game.

Our Job… Your Tree

You Can Do More!

Recently amid all of the hoopla, conjecture and speculation regarding Jim Harbaugh’s decision to leave the 49ers and the NFL to land at Michigan, was a nugget that struck me.

The commentators were all discussing the usual, obvious reasons… money, returning to his roots, etc.

Then Lou Holtz made these observations…

He said that some coaches are simply more suited for collegiate coaching positions, not because their skill can’t cut it at the professional level, but because they feel they can have a greater impact on young men’s lives at the collegiate level… both to players that play for them, and coaches that coach with them.

woody hayesHoltz said, “Woody Hayes is alive today because he taught me…”

Coach Holtz was an assistant for Woody Hayes at Ohio State in 1968. Ohio State won the National Championship that year.

Think about it…

Who will you live on through?

They are in your…

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Slot Option with Run Combo (an RPO)

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From Josh Herring’s interactive book Quick Rhythm Option Routes.

The quick rhythm options routes explained in detail by Coach Herring make the passing game look simple.  Herring shows how quick option routes can be incorporated into many passing game concepts as well as run-pass option.  While addressing the use of RPO is only a small section of the book, the examples and tutorial provide a powerful application of the concept.  Here is a section of the text followed by a preview of the tutorial video from Coach Herring.  Coach Herring’s book includes over 2 1/2 hours of video and is a must have resource for any offense.  His concepts can be utilized in a variety of systems.

Sloppy with Run Combo

More and more teams are using run-pass combo plays as a part of their offense and we are no exception.  In 2012 Run-Pass combos made up 15% of our play calls, in 2013 20%, and in 2014 14%.  One family of combos in our offense that includes popular concepts such as Stick-Draw and Stick-Zone has the QB reading an inside linebacker for a pass/handoff read.  By locking the backside tackle on the backside defensive end, we isolate the backside inside linebacker.  If he drops to #3, we hand the ball off.  If he plays run, the QB has the inside slot running Sloppy.  By tagging Sloppy in lieu of a Stick or Hitch, the slot has more freedom to win versus a variety of coverage looks and far more potential for an explosive play via the inside slant option.

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Coach Brent Beckley’s book dedicated to explaining run-pass options will be available later this week.  Email with “RPO” in the subject line to enter a drawing for a free copy.  Coach Eckley’s book will include over 3 hours of video.  He gives a start to finish explanation of their system and how they have built in RPO.

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