How to Run Single Back Power (Part II)

I just finished Part II of my mini series, “How to Run Single Back Power” and I think you’ll find this little wrinkle to be very effective in how you run power.

A few coaches have recently asked me how they can diversify their run game within the read option, and this play right here is one of my favorites for doing that.

Part II of How to Run Single Back Power

Here is what I discuss in the video below:

  • QB’s Read Key
  • How to Package the Run with the Pass
  • How to Break Tendencies in Your Run Game
  • Why Reading this Defender is a Must

Watch the video below for Part II:

Transcript of How to Run Single Back Power (Part II):

Hey coach, I’m glad you’re here because in today’s video I’m going to show you how to run single back power with just a little added wrinkle. In my previous video I talked about how to package single back power with the pre snap read of bubble screen and a post snap read RPO’ing the backside linebacker. So check that out if you haven’t yet. Today we’re going to discuss single back power with just a little change in who we are reading. I’m coach Besaw from where I cover anything n’ everything related to the spread off fence, RPOs X’s and O’s, how to attack different fronts and coverages and a whole lot more. So before I get into this, hit the subscribe button so you can stay up to date on anything and everything that I release related to the spread offense.

Okay, so today I’m going to talk to you about how to run the single back power out of 10 personnel and we’re going to change our read key, so let’s take a look at how it’s done. All right, so we’re going to keep this thing the same. We’re going to be running power to the left versus an even front. So for the blocking rules, for the most part, everything pretty much stays the same. So for our play side, we’re going to be base blocking this here and now I got this defensive tackle in a 2i, so he’s near the a gap here. And again, like I said in the previous video, the rules for this play-side guard is to not allow this defensive tackle to cross face and penetrate the opposite gap. So he is going to keep him on his inside pad and he’s not gonna allow him to penetrate the B-gap here.

That’s because now we’re going to make a long call down the line, so our backside garden knows to pull through through the B gap now for the play-side linebacker. Our right tackle, backside tackle, same responsibility for him. His one rule is to not allow anyone through the backside B-gap, absolutely cannot happen. So the only person up front that is doing something different—that has different responsibility is going to be our center. And we’re not going to be reading the backside linebacker anymore. We are going to make this midline and we’re going to read the first down linemen to the backside of the center. So now that we’ve tagged in it with mid, our center knows that we’re going to make him our read key. So that leaves the linebacker for the last guy to be able to block. So our center’s going to be working straight to the backside linebacker and that leaves our defensive tackle in the three technique as our read key here.

So we’re going to be reading this dude right here. I like it against the three technique as opposed to the 2i. Although you can do it both ways. I really like the three technique though because it creates for better angles here at the mesh point and we really stretch that guy horizontally and we don’t allow him to play both the quarterback and the running back because his alignment is already outside. So that’s why I like it there. But again you can run it to the 2i or away from the 2i if you prefer to do that as well. So that’s how we block, we’re tagging it midline, we’re reading the first down lineman to the backside going power mid to the left.

We are going to package this thing because we still want to stay a threat on the outside and take what the defense gives us. So we don’t, we don’t want to limit ourselves. We want to give our, give ourself options. So we are going to have some sort of receiver screened out on the perimeter. So for the left side I could have both sides doing the same thing. I could have the left side be running one receiver screen and the right side running a different receiver screen. It really doesn’t matter. But again, we want to make sure that we have numbers and the the advantage on the outside. So for this here, let’s just make him, we’re going to run bubble here to the left. We’re going to keep that the same. So we’re going to be one for one out there. And then on the backside of this thing, let’s have him run a quick screen. That’s what I call QuickScreen. He’s going to take one heart step off the ball, come right back to the line of scrimmage and expect the football.

And then that leaves our slot receiver here. He’s going to push the overhang defender, so he’s going to push him to occupy him for the time being two to four steps and then he’s going to get flat and work to stalk the corner there. So we got quick screens, bubble screen to the left quick screen to the right on the perimeter. Pre-snap read for the quarterback. So if he likes either one of those, he has the freedom to throw the football and get it out there as soon as possible. If he doesn’t like those, those quick screens, then it will take him to the post snap, which is going to be running midline to the left. And so his reads are pretty simple. He’s going to read this defensive tackle in the three technique. If the defense tackle squeezes the line of scrimmage or he chases the tail of the running back and crosses the midline, then our quarterback is going to rip the ball out of the back’s belly and he’s essentially going to replace the defensive tackle where he came from.

And then at that point he’s either going to bounce this thing outside if he can or he’s going to make our center right and cut off his block and get North. So that’s what the quarterback’s responsibility is there. And that’s what his read is for when the defensive tackle does that. Now if the tackle sits in the hole, he’s unblocked, he sits here and occupies this hole here or he just gets up field and attacks the mesh point, then our quarterback is going to hand the ball off to our tailback at the mesh point and he’s going to follow his backside guard through the B gap and either bounce that thing outside or get North as well. So that’s, that’s the read for our quarterback. And really what I really like about this is that we’re getting to the second level and blocking both linebackers. So whether the quarterback keeps it for himself or he hands it to the running back. We got those guys blocked and for us we’re able to get to the second level and that opens us up to be able to run through those lanes there. So I really like that. Obviously it’s not the traditional read key of backside linebackers and end man on the line of scrimmage. So we’re tagging this thing as midline but still packaging this play to be able to take advantage of what the defense gives us either in the run or the pass.

Alright coach, so there you have it. Just a small little wrinkle to how you can run single back power and get away from the traditional reads of linebackers and defensive ends and now read the guys that aren’t used to being read, which is the defensive tackles. Most of the time when those guys get unblocked, all they do is they follow the football and they chase those running backs and try to jump on them like they’re a piece of steak. So that’s why I love it because it really opens up running lanes for the quarterbacks and gets them involved in the running game as well.

I hope that you found this useful and again that you can take this and implement it in your office. And if you do it differently, you got single back power in your playbook and you run it a different way, you block it a different way up front. Please let me know either drop a comment below or send me an email because I’d love to hear how other people are doing it out there. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can get more videos just like this and stay up to date anytime I release videos on the spread offense. Again, I’m coach Besaw from and thank you for being here and I will see you on the next one.

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