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Want to learn the base NFL run game?

Four schemes you need to know broken down on video. Matt Bowen

Print This October 06, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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In the NFL, there are four basic power runs that are installed on the first day of training camp: Power O, Lead Open, Lead Strong and Counter OF.  Two-back schemes that are scripted to get downhill and move the sticks.

How do they work? Let’s check go back to tape and talk some simple coaching points that will give you a better understanding of the game on Sundays.

1. Power O: Marshawn Lynch vs. Saints

Regular personnel (2 WR, 1 TE, 2 RB) on the field for the Seahawks. 

- Power O, or “Bob O” (Back on Backer).
- Pull the backside guard, kick out with the FB.
- Down block by the TE, guard lead up through the hole.
- Downhill action from the RB.

2. Lead Open: Darren McFadden vs. Jaguars

Regular personnel (2 WR, 1 TE, 2 RB) on the field for the Raiders.

- Run to the open (weak) side of the formation
- FB lead up through the hole
- Base blocking scheme

3. Lead Strong: Peyton Hillis vs. Patriots

Jumbo personnel (3 TE, 2 RB) on the field for the Browns. (Substitute extra O-Lineman in for TE).

- Run the closed (strong) side of the formation
- FB lead up through the hole
- Base blocking schemes

4. Counter OF: Peyton Hillis vs. Panthers

Regular personnel on the field for the Browns in a Slot, Weak I alignment.

- “Counter OF.” O= O-Line, F= FB
- Run from Weak I backfield set (can be run closed or open)
- Backside guard pull, FB lead up through hole
- RB counter action

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