Coach Rich Alercio, head coach and athletic director at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, breaks down using screen pass options (SPOs) in an offense.
RPOs are based on putting a defensive player in conflict. Most often, the player put in conflict is the one most challenging to block in the running play called, thus creating a pass option off of the run. We have now brought that same thinking to our screen game. We identify the Sam LB (strongside inside LB) as the most difficult player to account for in our 2-count 3-man screen plays, making him the player put in conflict. Instead of calling a screen to one side, we offer the QB another pass read off of the conflict player.