Create RPO’s For Your NFL Flag Quarterback

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 28, 2023
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Trying to find ways to get your NFL Flag quarterback involved in the offense can be frustrating. After all, they are probably your most talented player. However, NFL Flag rules prohibit the quarterback from running the football.

It’s a good rule that is designed prevent one player from taking over a game. This rule makes sure there will be either a handoff, pitch or pass involving two players for it to be a legal play. Here at FirstDown PlayBook we preach simplicity with play calling, especially when it comes to coaching younger players.

However, there is always room for a little creativity especially when it comes to getting your best player involved in your offense. To understand this NFL Flag football play, you must understand that the definition of a quarterback is the player who takes the snap from the center.

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This play is built around changing who that player is at the last second. This play can really be run out of almost any of the FirstDown PlayBook NFL Flag formations. Your quarterback will start in a the gun and everyone will get set in this formation. We are using the FirstDown PlayBook Bunch formation in this video.

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Once everyone is set, your NFL Flag quarterback will yell “shift”. A receiver will shift down to under center and your quarterback will back up slightly. It is very important that after these two players do this that they once again get re-set. You are not trying to trick the defense as much as you are not allowing them to focus on your original quarterback as much.

Your receiver will call for the snap and then pitch the ball to your quarterback. This can be either a toss or an option like you will see in this short video below. At this point you have created an RPO opportunity for your NFL Flag quarterback. This play can be effective vs man coverage or zone.

If your quarterback has green grass in front of them, they can take off with the ball. If the defense defends the run then your NFL Flag quarterback can look down the field for pass options. We particularly like this play because it gets your center involved too. That is another challenge when coaching an NFL Flag football team.

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