On AFM: Key to Successful Power Read-QB/Sweeper Mesh

Having a week one bye has allowed me some extra time to watch both high school and college football for the last few weeks. A play that I’ve seen numerous times is the inverted veer or “power read.” It’s a play that puts major stress on the defense as it is an option play that can attack inside or outside. For teams that have an athlete at quarterback and some speed from either a receiver or tailback, this is a play that with practice and repetition can put some explosiveness in an offense.
In studying some game film of this play, the different scenarios of what can happen can be minimized. In setting up drills or practice reps, defenders can be controlled to give the offense a look at the possibilities that need to be taken into account. Film study also revealed some key coaching points to make this an effective play.

Read more here.

The “Power O” Play Resources

What’s known to many as the  “Power O” has become a very utilized blocking scheme in a number of different offenses and formations.  It’s a play that developed as a downhill run from the I-formation, wing-t and other run oriented offenses, but it’s now making an appearance in the spread offense as well.  It’s a play that’s gained popularity and if you read reviews of college spring practices in the past month, it’s a play that will be used by many teams this fall.

As you will see in the resources and links provided, the blocking scheme is used in other plays like the inverted veer and the shovel option.  More and more teams are incorporating it in 2-in-1 packaged plays as well.

I have written about our one back Power in an X&O Labs article here.

I also made the “Deuce” block component a focus of an article on American Football Monthly.  The article includes video of drills and game film.  Read it here.

My AFM video on how we combine zone schemes with gap schemes in the Power is available here.

Of course an entire chapter of 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays is devoted to this topic as well.  The iBook includes the basics and shows how we are able to run this from a number of different personnel groupings and formations.  The way we teach it allows us to run it as a one-back or two-back play with no variation for the offensive line.  Read more about the chapter here, and click the link below to get it on your iPad.


Enjoy the links.  I hope they aid in your research on this topic and please feel free to add a link in the comments section.

Power Read is a widely used play.  My iBook 101+ Read Game Plays has a chapter devoted to the specifics of running the play as well as plenty of cut-ups.

101+ Read Game Plays    iPad   More Info

Here are some other Coaches Edge Products on Power:

Offensive Line Play in the Power Scheme for iPad $4.99

The “Power” scheme is one of the most widely used schemes in all of football.  It is a scheme you will see used at every level of football.  What I love about the power scheme, and why I chose to add it as a core concept of our running game, is the wide variety of ways I can use the scheme.  This one core blocking scheme for the OL, can be used in an exponential number of ways, all dependent on the imagination of the offensive coordinator.  Power can be run from nearly any personnel grouping, formation, or backfield action. This Quick Hitter goes through the assignments and techniques of each offensive lineman.  Video shows exactly the footwork and technique that the linemen use.  This progression goes from learning on air to executing against shields.  This attitude play can be learned and repped without pads.

Adding Voltage to Power  $5.99

Coach Girolmo has a unique application of the Power scheme which goes beyond the basics that he explains in setting up the play.  Girolmo explains what the “ formation formula” is as well as what he looks for in setting up the formations in his game plan.  He  follows with the assignments, techniues, and mechanics for all players.  Girolmo explains how to use the “coverage trangle” and the T.U.G screen to make the defense pay for exposing its weakness.  Girolmo uses a number of variations including one back and two back Power.  By adding a mesh read and a pitch man, Girolmo turn the Power scheme into a triple option attack.  This Coaches Edge Quick Hitter presents plenty of information and definitely adds some voltage to the Power scheme.

General Power Resources:

Chris Brown (Smart Football) on Power O


X & O Labs



Youtube short clinic talk

Miscellaneous college cut ups

NFL Power Resources

Paul Alexander

Chicago Bears

SanDiego Chargers

Washington Redskins (Gibbs)

College Power Resources


Auburn Power Read (Malzahn)
Malzahn Wildcat Power

Auburn DC Ellis Johnson comments on the importance of Power runs


Florida Unbalanced runs including Power O

La Tech Air Raid (Franklin) on Brophy Football Blog

Michigan State

Minnesota-Tim Brewster


Ohio State – Jim Tressel “Dave” Play

Ohio State Urban Meyer – “Mickey” named after his strength coach



Stanford Unbalanced Power
Stanford Power Play Action

Wisconsin Power

High School Resources

Clovis HS

Gainesville High School

Joe Daniel
Spread Offense Power, Inverted Veer, Shovel Option & Packaged Plays

Florida Shovel Option

Niners Inverted Veer

TCU inverted veer

Utah Shovel Option

Chris Brown discusses the Inverted Veer

Chris Brown discusses QB Power packaged with Swing Screen

Chris Brown discusse Shovel Option packaged with sprint out

Power in the spread offense


Coach Huey Threads

Gerry Dinardo defending power run

Defending Power with 3-5-3

Quick Game Paired with Naked

In 2001, I learned about a simple concept that paired quick game with naked at a coaches clinic at Carnegie Mellon University. Offensive Coordinator Rich Erdelyi showed how the quarterback could get a simple pre and post snap read for the quick game (hitch or slant) and if it wasn’t there he could roll away to the tight end and wing slam releasing on their naked rules.

Here’s two variations from CMU’s 2001 playbook:


This combination is gaining popularity. Recently, Matt Kalb, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Aurora University, wrote an article on this topic in the March issue of American Football Monthly. Coach Kalb also spoke on this topic at the Glazier Clinic.

Minnesota Quarterback Coach Jim Zebrowski also spoke on this topic at the Glazier Clinic in Cleveland. Minnesota had success with what the call “Money” and “Cash” in their offense. Here’s a few clips that coached shared at the clinic.

In the first clip the hitch is available and the quarterback takes it. You will see the #2 receiver slanting and then working to 15 on the opposite hash. #2 is an option for the QB on the slant on quick timing if the defense gives it to him.

The second clip shows the Quarterback taking the quick game as well.

In the third clip the quarterback sees defenders covering down and taking away quick game. He pump fakes the quick and rolls away to the naked concept on the other side finding #2 wide open on the crossing route.

The best thing about installing quick-naked is that is very low investment. Both components that are paired together-the quick game and naked-are usually a part of most offenses. There is no new learning for players, and the read for the quarterback is very simple. The other benefit is that this preserves an option for the quarterback if the quick game is not there. In a mirrored quick game concept, a QB has the side he has decided to go to pre snap and that’s it. The other side is not available if the pres snap side is not there.

Here’s some more video of the concept from Illinois College on Youtube.

I’m sure that this is a concept that many offenses will use in 2013.

If you own an iPad, please check out my iBook, the first coaching resource of its kind,101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays. This is a resource that has principles that can apply to any offense. You can get it from the iBookstore:


Two-in-one plays and Tempo

It’s getting to be like creating a monster from spare parts ala Dr. Frankenstein. I’m seeing all kinds of great ideas recently on different blogs and forums – snag with power, sweep and screen, quick game with naked. The ideas are not necessarily new. Some of these have been around for years. Zone read bubble and stick-draw have seemed to make combination plays a topic of interest for all offensive coordinators.

Here’s an interesting one in which we use our wildcat quarterback, a sweeper, and pin and pull to execute a sweep with a sweep. We are stretching both flanks. The quarterback is reading the end to the left. if he closes he will give to the sweeper. If he widens, the quarterback keeps it to the other flank on the pin and pull sweep.

The power read/inverted veer is a similar concept with the front side defensive end being read.

These are great plays for uptempo procedures. However, like anything, they must be practiced and executed with high efficiency. Procedurally, offenses are looking to use picture boards or one-word calls to execute their offense at the fastest pace. The packaged play fits perfectly with this mode of attack. Having the exact right look for a play is not necessary because the offense will force a defender to commit to defend one component of the packaged play and the other will be open. Having a quarterback who can make great decisions is critical. The caution has to be to drill it and rep it until it is second nature. At that point, it can become deadly with an uptempo procedure.

The whole point is that just about any style of offense can incorporate these two highly effective components to their attack. The list is becoming very expansive. Here are some resources that I have gathered on this topic. I will add more to the blog as they become available.

I wrote about our twist on the stick-draw draw play here:


I also wrote on smartfootball.com here:


Chris Brown did a nice article here:


Here’s some more resources:





Concepts like quick game packaged with naked away from the quick have been around for a while but are becoming popular again. I first learned of this concept in 1995 from Rich Erdelyi at Carnegie Mellon University. He was throwing quick to his single receiver and slam releasing his TE and Wing away with the QB rolling to them if the quick game wasn’t there. Here’s an article for AFM subscribers from 2008 on Hitch/Naked:


Recently, another Hitch/Naked article was printed in AFM:


In 2010, Rusty Stiver wrote about packaging jet sweep and screen.


My iBook is available in the iBookstore for your ipad:

On Smart Football – Musical Chairs: Packaged Plays and the Evolution of “Option” Football

My guest post on smartfootball.com

The option play has gained a resurgence in football with the popularity of the spread offense. Relying heavily on the run, option football forces a defense to be disciplined and play their responsibilities. It’s still a very sound way to attack defenses, but requires a commitment to running those base plays over and over. The spread has allowed teams that attack with option and to carry an effective passing attack that utilizes the spread to get the ball to players in space. The zone read and bubble have become a staple for spread option teams as well…more here.