THE RPO BIBLE: Offensive Game Planning and Play Calling in the Age of the RPO, by Rich Hargitt, is a one-of-a-kind text that provides a comprehensive overview of the offensive concept known as RPOs (run-pass option). An RPO is a strategic concept that creates problems for the defense by giving the quarterback the option of handing the ball to a running back or passing it to a receiver.
This must-have resource covers RPOs from A to Z. Not only does it detail the reasons why teams should utilize an RPO-based offense, it also explains in a step-by-step manner how coaches can teach and implement a modern RPO offense into their team’s offensive system. In addition, this book reviews the basic RPO concepts that have made this innovative offensive approach so successful, including the quick game, new screens, zone play-action passes, the core gap scheme, the wing-T as well as other unique formations, and tempo/one-word calls.
From factors that coaches should consider during distinctive play-call scenarios, such as down-and-distance, special situations, field position-based, to “how” and “why” and “what” coaches should do to ensure that RPOs have a positive impact on their programs, THE RPO BIBLE: Offensive Game Planning and Play Calling in the Age of the RPO is the definitive guide to the RPO.
MODULE I: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE RPO OFFENSE
Chapter 1 — What Is an RPO?
Chapter 2 — Why Utilize an RPO-Based Offense?
MODULE II: HOW TO TEACH AND IMPLEMENT A MODERN RPO OFFENSE
Chapter 3 — Key RPO Terminology and Fundamental Supporting Concepts
Chapter 4 — Basic Run Game Supporting Concepts
Chapter 5 — Advanced Supporting Concepts
Chapter 6 — Further Thoughts on the Development and Installation of a Modern RPO Offense
MODULE III: PASSING- AND RUN-ORIENTED RPO CONCEPTS
Chapter 7 — Quick Game RPO Concepts
Chapter 8 — Now Screen RPO Concepts
Chapter 9 — Zone Play-Action Pass Concepts
Chapter 10 — Core Gap Scheme RPO Concepts
Chapter 11 — Wing-T and Unique Formation RPO Concepts
Chapter 12 — Tempo/One-Word Call RPO Concepts
MODULE IV: GAME PLANNING AND PLAY CALLING IN THE AGE OF THE RPO
Chapter 13 — Game Planning and Play Calling in an RPO Offense
Chapter 14 — Down-and-Distance-Based Play Calls
Chapter 15 — Special Situation and Field Position-Based Play Calls
MODULE V: THE FUTURE
Chapter 16 — The Game of Football and RPOs: The Way Ahead and a Transformation in Thinking?
Chapter 17 — Conclusion
What coaches are saying:
The RPO Bible offers a must-have resource for coaches at all competitive levels who want to better understand this increasingly popular offensive concept. Short for run-pass option, an RPO is based on a quarterback’s pre-snap reaction to a particular defensive player who is placed in conflict by the upcoming play. This comprehensive book addresses the whys, whens, and hows of RPOs.
Special Teams Coordinator
University of Notre Dame
Any coach who wants to incorporate RPOs into their team’s offensive system will benefit from The RPO Bible. Written in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step manner, this one-of-a-kind book is an information windfall for all coaches. I recommend it highly.
Retired College Football Coach
Author, Developing an Explosive Offense
This book can help defensive coaches to properly prepare for an opponent’s RPO attack. All defensive coaches—coordinators and position coaches alike—will find that Coach Hargitt’s remarkably thorough book provides them with information, ideas, and insights concerning RPOs on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Retired NFL and College Football Coach
Author, Coaching Linebackers