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Using The Passing Game To Make Your Option Offense Explosive

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© October, 2002

by David Needs
Assistant Football Coach, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn.

BEING A WIDE RECEIVERS coach in an option-based offense, I am often asked, “Why do you bother spending time coaching pass catching and why don’t you just have your receivers work on blocking?” Because option offenses that don’t commit to the pass usually struggle when they’re behind or when they need a 2-minute offense.

Passing Is An Option
Teams that seek to make the passing game an integral part of their option offense are blessed with many alternatives throughout the game. In our program, we sell our quarterbacks and receivers on the fact that if we execute the option successfully, we may not have the same number of completions or receptions as passing schools, but the total yardage will be very close. 

When we do pass, our team hits the deep ball more successfully than most pass-oriented teams because our opponent’s secondary must be an active part of run support. Over the past coupl ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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