Getting Familiar with the Pass Heavy Offense
The west coast offense relies heavily upon the quarterback’s ability to throw and complete an arsenal of different passes which is why this is consider a pass heavy offense. It can be applied in different formations, although one of the fundamental parts of the west coast offense is the effective use of multiple receivers. Wide receivers, tight ends and running backs all regularly run routes in this offensive football scheme.
Primary Characteristics of a Pass Heavy Offense
The focus behind the west coast offense is built around the concept of throwing the ball to areas of the field in close proximity to the line of scrimmage. There are several reasons for this:
In regards to the ideal personnel for an offensive football scheme like this, a variety of receivers (speed, size, route preference, etc.) works fairly well. Most importantly though is your chemistry with the quarterback.
A quarterback that knows exactly where his receivers will be and where they prefer the ball to be thrown is touchdown waiting to happen every time within a west coast offensive scheme.