How to Run Single Back Power (Part I)

If you’re looking to run single back power in the Spread Offense, then you’ll want to watch this first video in my mini series of “How to Run Single Back Power”. I’ll show you exactly how you can attack the defense in the run and the pass to ensure that you have an answer for whatever they throw at you.

How to Run Single Back Power

Check out the video below on running single back power in 10 personnel

What I discuss:

  • Running power vs Even front
  • Blocking rules for OL
  • Packaging the run with easy wins on the perimeter
  • QB’s pre-snap and post snap reads
  • Route responsibilities for WR’s

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Hey coach, if you want to run power out of 10 personnel and be able to attack the defense in the run or the pass, then I’ve got you covered. I’m coach Besaw from where I cover pretty much anything and everything related to the spread offense, whether that be run game schemes, pass game schemes, X’s and O’s. RPOs how to attack different fronts and coverages and a whole lot more. So before I get into it, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can stay up to date on anything and everything that I release related to the spread offense. So today I’m going to talk to you about how to run single back power out of 10 personnel. So let’s take a look at it.

Alright, so we’re going to be running power to the left. We’re facing an even front with two high safety. I will go over how to run this against an odd front, but I’ll save that for another video. So let’s go over the blocking rules here and we’ll start with the play side. So the left tackle left guard. These guys are going to be base this thing up front here. And we have a rule for our play side guard when we’re running power. And the rule for him is that he cannot allow the defensive tackle to cross his face and penetrate the opposite gap. So in this situation right here with the tackle being in a three tech, he would not be able to cross face and penetrate the A gap. Same would be said for if he was in a 2i he not be able to cross his face and penetrate the B gap. The reason being is because we’re going to be making a call down the line to alert our backside guard who’s pulling, whether he’s going to pull through the play-side A gap or B gap.

So for right now, if he’s in a three technique, we’re going to keep him on our outside shoulder and we’re going to make a short call down the line. So our backside guard is alerted that he will be now pulling through the play-side A gap for the play side linebacker. If this was on the other side where he’s in a 2i, then we’d make a long call down the line and that would tell our backside guard that now he’s going to be pulling through the play-side B gap for the play-side linebacker. So that’s what we, that’s our rule for the play side guard. And that is the call that he’ll make down the line for the backside guard pulling. Our Center, his rule is that he’s going to block the first down linemen on the backside of this thing. So that’s going to be this guy here in a 2i. And then finally we have our right tackle and his one and only job is to not allow penetration through the B-gap. It absolutely can’t happen because if it does, it’s obviously not going to be good for us on offense and most likely it results in a tackle for loss. So he’s got to do whatever he can to seal off that B gap and not allow penetration. So that’s how we blocked this thing up front. Obviously we have five guys blocking, they got six guys in the box. So we can’t block one of their defenders, which means we’re going to read him. So yeah, this is an RPO and we will be reading the backside linebacker here. So I will go over those routes that those RPO routes will come from the backside here from Y and Z. But first before I get into that, I’m going to touch on the play-side here.

This is where we are going to package this play and we’re going to run a bubble screen to the left. So this is going to be a pre snap read for our quarterback. And obviously if we get this situation here we should be throwing the bubble every single time because that’s what the defense is giving us. So we wouldn’t even go to power. We’d be throwing the ball out on the bubble screen because we have one for one here and we’ve got a lot of space. But let’s just say you know they rotate a guy down. It’s, let’s just say it’s covered in the quarterback, doesn’t like it. So we’re going to go to our post snap, which is going to be running power to the left and reading the backside linebacker.

So the two routes on the backside are coming from Y and Z and they’re both going to be running the same route. It’s a snag route, if you will. You could call it a spot route, a sit route, whatever terminology that you want to use, he’s going to be running one to two yards behind the the linebacker that we are reading and he’s going to sit right in that area. Same thing with Z. He’s going to run a snag route and sit one to two yards behind the overhang. So first let’s just get into the quarterback reads and then we’ll address these routes and why they’re running that for this RPO.

The quarterback is going to read this play-side linebacker. If this linebacker triggers on the quarterback running back in the mesh point. So if he fills the gap, if he crosses face of the center to the play-side gap. Then our quarterback is taught to rip the ball out of the back’s belly and throw the football. If the linebacker does anything other than that, if he hesitates, if he sits here, drops in coverage or widens, then our quarterback will continue with the mesh and give the ball to our running back who’s running power to the left. So those are the reads for the quarterback. Pretty simple. Um, eyes are going to be right on his linebacker.

So for, for this sake, let’s just say that the linebacker triggers on the run and he fills the play side gap to stop power to the left. Our quarterback is then going to get his eyes quickly on the overhang to see what his reaction is to this snag route coming from Y. If this overhang defender squeezes this route or he chases the tail of Y, then our quarterback’s going to quick set his feet and we’re going to throw the snag route right behind it because by doing this, he’s opened up a window for this and he’s taken away this route here. If he does anything other than that, if he sits, stay square, If he pedals, if he widens to number one, then our quarterback is going to quick set his feet in, throw the ball to Y running the snag route at one to two yards behind the linebacker that we’re reading. It’s gotta be one to two yards because anything more than that then he’ll start drifting down field and the safeties will be coming up and they will be able to cover this route here. And we obviously don’t want that that to happen. So it’s gotta be one to two yards there.

So that’s exactly how I run single back power out of 10 personnel. You can see that I’m packaging the play side with bubble screen to get numbers out on the perimeter if I have it. And then also RPO in the backside with the place, sorry with the backside linebacker and the overhang to that side so you can really see how difficult it is for a defense to be able to have enough numbers in the box to stop the run but also be able to defend the pass on the perimeter. And so that’s why I really like packaging this play with a pre snap read as well as a post snap read, and here you get to attack them in the past game and also in the run game. I hope you found this video useful in that you’re able to take some of these pieces and implement it into your own style of offense.

Next video that I have coming up is going to be also single back power but it’s going to be just a little bit of a wrinkle. We’re going to be reading a defender but it’s not going to be an RPO that you saw here, so make sure you check that out. I think you’re going to like it. And then lastly, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can get up to date on all videos related to the spread offense, just like the one that you saw here. And if you liked this video, make sure you give it a thumbs up. I’d really appreciate it. Thanks for tuning in. I’m coach Besaw from and I will see you on the next one.

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