From the high school level, to the NFL, it’s impossible to turn on a football game without hearing the term RPO. They are so popular, and have so much explosive potential that even Wing T and option teams are finding ways to include it in their playbooks.
Enter Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern – a forever defensive minded coach at a school known for their effective use of the spread offense dating back years and years.
Coach Fitz is not a fan of run-pass options, going as far as to compare them to communism during today’s presser.
“An RPO is the purest form of communism. I just don’d understand how offensive lineman can be downfield.”
“It’s the most en vogue change in football, and if you’re a purist of football, it is not the game. People downfield blocking, and the ball being thrown. It should be illegal.”
So that means Fitz doesn’t allow run-pass options from his offensive staff…right? *In my best Lee Corso voice* Not so fast my friend.
“BUT! As a defensive minded head coach, with a defensive background, we will absolutely take full advantage within the framework of the rules that are given. So RPOs forever!”
Hear Fitz’s full comments in the clip.
"RPO is the purest form of communism."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 11, 2018