Your Role in a Run Heavy Offense
The Option Offense (Run-Heavy)
Although the option is technically a type of run play, it is at the core of many team’s offensive scheme. In other words, teams that run the option use it as the basis of their offensive strategy, though it’s likely not the only play that’s used. While the option can be run out of a various amount of different formations, it’s the mechanisms of the option itself that form the basis of the offensive scheme.
The term “option” comes from the fact that there are several choices inherent in the structure of the option play. The number and type of choices differ based on the specific formation and personnel used, but at the core of the option is a set of at least two different choices for the direction of the play. One element is constantly crucial to the success of the option: An in Telligent quarterback. Just before every play, it is the quarterback’s job to evaluate the defensive formation with a pre-snap read. During the play itself, it’s the quarterback’s job to make a quick decision about which option is best.
Here’s how the option works:
First, the quarterback snaps the ball, and the play starts. He instantly surveys the field and the defense, taking note to which players are attacking on defense and which direction they’re coming from.
Next, the QB quickly analyzes the choices he has in his head:
This is a basic idea of the option play. There are surely other types of formations from which the option can be run as well as many different types of option-style plays that can be run (including some passes). However, all of them feature the sort of decision –making process detailed above.