Originally Posted by Bosanac01
West Coast Offense: An offense that places a greater emphasis on passing than on running. popularized by Bill Walsh.
The west coast offense is built on short and intermediate routes which take the place of the running game. This is why QBs who are accurate and have weaker arms are labeled as west coast offense QBs. The offense uses a timing based attack that uses high percentage throws to control the clock, essentially they're an extended handoff. Its not just a pass heavy offense, quarterbacks have to be accurate, receivers have to be able to create after the catch and they have to be able to separate underneath and run great routes. Everyone is a weapon in the west coast offense so a team running a west coast offense will typically have a good receiving back (ala Brian Westbrook) and a good receiving tight end as well.