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Understanding the RPO in Football (Run-Pass Option)

By Coach Martin | Football Plays

The RPO is a play that gives the quarterback the option to either hand the ball off to a running back or make a quick pass to a receiver instead.

It’s a misdirection play that’s designed to keep defenders off balance, on their toes, and guessing on whether the play is a pass or a run.

So, here’s a closer look at what the RPO is, how it’s run, and three RPO plays with explanations on the quarteback’s reads.

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Defensive Line Techniques: 7 Moves You Must Know

By Coach Martin | Football Defense

Defensive line seems like one of the more straightforward positions on a football team.

They start the play at the line of scrimmage, and their job is to get into the backfield to disrupt the offense — in whatever way they can.

That’s their primary job.

But while their duties seem simple enough, how they’re successful in doing so is a little more complicated.

After all, they must constantly take on blocks with offensive linemen who have big bodies.

Defensive linemen have several techniques that they can use to combat the blocks from offensive linemen and still get into the backfield.

In this article, you’ll read about the different defensive line techniques, what types of players play each technique, and the 7 moves every defensive lineman should know.

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Football Training Equipment: 11 Items Every Coach Needs to Have

Football Training Equipment: 11 Items Every Coach Needs to Have

By Coach Martin | Football Equipment

Football coaches have many responsibilities to their players, teaching them skills and mindsets to keep on improving as athletes.

It’s not an easy job to do.

But with the help of training equipment, coaching becomes significantly easier.

In this article, you’ll find a list of the necessary training equipment every football coach needs to have, broken down by category of where they’ll most be useful.

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Prevent Defense Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

By Coach Martin | Football Defense

The prevent defense can be run by any team no matter what their base defensive formation looks like.

However, it should only be run in certain game situations in which the defensive team has a big lead late in the game.

If the prevent defense is run in the wrong game situation, it could result in doing nothing but preventing that team from closing out a win.

Let’s take a closer look at how the prevent defense is run and when it should be run.

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What Is a Blitz in Football? (Explained)

By Coach Martin | Football Strategies

Simply put, a blitz is a play call by a defense that’s designed to rush the quarterback with more defenders than there are blockers.

For example, if there are 5 blockers on an offensive play (the 5 offensive linemen), then a blitz would be a play that has 6 players rushing the quarterback.

It’s easy to understand, but it’s not so easy to execute it properly. There are also different types of blitzes as well as different reasons why you’d want to call a blitz.

Let’s take a closer look at why you’d want to run a blitz and what type of blitzes you can run.

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Cornerback Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

By Coach Martin | Football Positions

Cornerback is one of the most important positions on a defense.

These players are often responsible for covering receivers all on their own. And if they don’t do their job properly, it can result in huge plays for the offense.

Let’s take a look at what makes up a great cornerback, from traits to roles and responsibilities, to tips for players who want to man the position.

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Safety Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

Safety Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

By Coach Martin | Football Positions

Safeties have that rare combination of speed and coverage skill of traditional cornerbacks, with the strength, vision, and tackling ability of traditional linebackers.

For this reason, great safeties don’t come along every day.

If you want to be a great safety, you need to work hard on getting strong, building your speed, learning offenses, and making sure you’re a sound tackler.

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Wide Receiver Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

Wide Receiver Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

By Coach Martin | Football Positions

Wide receiver is often considered a flashy position, and for good reason.

Wide receivers are often known for their boisterous personalities as much as they are for their outstanding football skills.

Truly great wide receivers are more than just pass catchers, though.

They’re dedicated students of the game, and they’re committed to giving 100% on every play — no matter whether they’re the primary passing target, a decoy, or have blocking responsibilities on a running play.

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