Course 6 Power & Power Read

by Eric Marty
Course 6 Power & Power Read


Do You Play Schools Bigger Than You?

Can’t Block the D-1 End With the Booster Prez Son?


“If you can’t block ‘em, read ‘em.”

POWER READ is the so-called Inverted Veer and has been the weapon of choice for Cam Newton, RG3, and now Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, and Jalen Hurts.

It evolved from the Zone Read, which the QB reads an unblocked defender on the backside.  But reading backside & having the QB go in the opposite direction of the RB was missing a great part of option football, which was to read a frontside defender.

The POWER READ solves that dilemma because it reads an unblocked defender on the frontside, while sending both the RB and QB in same direction, but on inverted paths: the RB goes outside while the QB dives inside.

POWER & POWER READ are two plays in one because both use the simple POWER blocking scheme: OL use angles & double teams to cave down the defense & leave the edge defender unblocked.

  • Great for small schools who cannot invest the time into teaching combo blocks with 2-way players.
  • Great vs blitzing. Easy to teach because you just block whomever is on your track.

This unblocked defender can be kicked out (POWER)….or read by the QB (POWER READ).

The kickout player can be a FB, pulling Guard, or Sniffer/TE/Wing coming across the formation.  On POWER READ this same player pulls up into the hold to lead block for the QB.

The End is in total conflict:

  • Squeeze to take on the kickout & let the RB run around him
  • Contain the sweeping RB and let the QB dive inside of him.

These two plays allow you to take advantage of athletes at the skill positions and use your smaller, more athletic lineman - to your advantage.

As defenses have evolved, any good SYSTEM has answers.  The MULTIPLE GUN SYSTEM will run it with fly sweep motion or add additional blockers at the point of attack.

Coach Marty begins by going over the blocking schemes:

  • Over, Under, Odd, and 33 Stack defenses. 

The MULTIPLE GUN OFFENSE is a shotgun, fast pace, no-huddle offense:

  • Gun, Pistol, & Under Center….
  • Coach has both Empty and I-Back cutups
  • They hand the ball off to a RB or a Fly Sweeper
  • No TE.  with a TE.  Two TE

Great detail about the TE rules, even covering 2-tight end formations to be even more devastating.

He demonstrates the footwork but primarily uses a TON of endzone film to teach the timing & mesh of the RB & QB.  All this endzone footage with Hi-Def camera will teach you the read progression for the QB.

If you've ever wanted to run the power read in your offense, or enhance the version of the power read you're currently running, then this video




The Coach


Eric Marty

Tight End Driven Multiple Gun Offense


Back-to-Back Conference Coach of the Year Eric Marty’s TIGHT END DRIVEN MULTIPLE GUN OFFENSE propelled to 20-2 record, conference championships, and a bowl win.

There are 68-Jr Colleges in Calfornia…

  • Averaged 45.7 points per game this season (4th best in the state), and
  • 41.5 points per game in 2018 (7th best in the state).
  • Ranking 10th in total offense this season at 438.7 yards per game, and
  • 5th in 2018 at 484.5 yards per game.

Most impressively, Reedley was a 1-9 team on probation prior to Marty's arrival.

  • QBs have finished 2nd and 5th in efficiency in the state the past two years,
  • Tailback in 2019 led the state in yards per carry, rushed for over a thousand yards, and led the state in all-purpose yardage. 
  • TE's have had more catches than any other collegiate TE group in the past two years.

Before accepting the Grambling State University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach position, Coach Marty....

  • Head Coach for Reedley College
  • East Los Angeles College Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Quarterbacks Coach in 2015.
  • Moorpark College Offensive Coordinator, taking the offense from 64th in the state to 14th in just two years.
  • Oklahoma Panhandle University in 2012 as the Receivers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator.

Coach Marty also has coached high school football in his home state of Washington. As the OC, Marty led his alma mater to an 11-1 record in 2009 and reached the 3A quarterfinals in 2011.


  • 3-year starting QB at Chapman University,
    • compiling a 14-8 record as a starter,
    • broke 6 school passing records, and
  • led the team to back-to-back winning seasons in 2007 and 2008 for the first time since 1995, 1996.
  • Led four different teams to League titles in four years in the Italian and Austrian Football Leagues,
  • Won the 2009 Italian Superbowl and the 2010 Austrian Bowl XXVI.
  • Named the MVP of Austrian Bowl XXVI.
  • Professional career record of 39-8. 152 touchdown passes to 30 interceptions (5-1 TD-INT ratio).
  • Marty went 14-6 as a high school QB and was the state player of the year in soccer.

Ratings and Reviews (1)

Michael Westmoreland

great video I learned alot .

May 10, 20 06:22 AM

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