Power read has issues as cutback play
Differences betweet traditional Power and Power Read:
The Power Read rarely cuts back. Though the defense may stretch to a position where they run by the quarterback’s downhill pull and keep, usually the quarterback will want to pull and keep and stretch back to the outside away from pursuit. In this way the play has more of an outside zone mentality where a running back will stretch the aim point, cut straight up, then work hash to numbers to sideline. The principle of why he does this is the same as outside zone. The initial lateral stretch causes pursuit. Cutting back brings the runner towards defenders rather than away. In initial teaching, the quarterback should be preached to that “There is no cutback on Power Read.” It will put him in the correct mindset and keep him out of trouble and big hits. Inevitably, there will be a time when it does appear, but he will learn to continue to stretch the defense and use his vision to exploit a cutback lane rather than thinking cutback right away.
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...