The spread offense is known for it's ability to spread out and stretch a defense down the field. You can easily use this offense to set up your run game or use it for your 2 minute drill. We've all seen Peyton Manning and Joe Montana use this at the end of games.
This is a great offense to use at the high school and college level. It's a little less useful in the NFL, but we have all seen Mike Martz and other offenses use some version of it. It uses the same philosophy as the West Coast Offense, but slightly different. It's difficult to defend. It can even be adapted easily to backyard football and even to flag football.
The X and Z wide receivers work the cornerbacks to the outside and try to pull the safeties in toward them deep.
The W and Y wide receivers try to attract the attention of the linebackers and draw them into deeper coverage.
The running back (No. 2) takes the easiest gap through the offensive line and does a hook route, trying to work the inside linebackers.
The quarterback receives the ball from the snapper through the air; also known as shotgun. Reads from outside to inside to running back. He should try to work the best match up on his wide receivers, throw to the WR with the slowest and worst coverage. Make your decision quickly, there usually isn't enough protection for you to waste too much time.
Great play for 2 minute offense, or when you just need to open things up.