Defense has a horizontal demeanor on Power Read
Differences between traditional Power and Power Read:
The defense is now in more of a horizontal demeanor. While they do have a downhill run to defend, initial keys will move them horizontally. Safeties who may have been filling downhill on the Power must respect the threat on the perimeter with the sweep phase. Linebackers need to adjust and run to get outside. Option football responsibilities will come into play, and the mesh point, runner paths, and decisions by the offense are critical for an effective play.
The Power Read is not a new concept. It has become a staple in offenses that utilize and athletic quarterback to stress the defense in multiple ways. The Power Read gives a play that stretches a defense horizontally and puts a defender in conflict with a decision by the quarterback to pull or keep. It would seem that this play could be utilized by any team running power because the blocking sch...