Air Raid Playbook

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WSU Cougars Football

Is the Air Raid past its prime?

We offer a spirited defense of Mike Leach's offensive system.

Is the Air Raid past its prime?

We offer a spirited defense of Mike Leach's offensive system.

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Reading the defense

In the first installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid offense Mike Leach brought to WSU, we take a look at the first thing a quarterback does when he comes to the line of scrimmage: Read the defense.

Reading the defense

In the first installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid offense Mike Leach brought to WSU, we take a look at the first thing a quarterback does when he comes to the line of scrimmage: Read the defense.

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Basics of pass protection

Diagrams of a few basic protection schemes and a slew of external links on the topic.

Basics of pass protection

Diagrams of a few basic protection schemes and a slew of external links on the topic.

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Anatomy of a play call

Names of plays in football sound like nonsense, but their purpose is simple: Convey a ton of information about formation, pass protection and routes in the fewest amount of words. Here's how it works.

Anatomy of a play call

Names of plays in football sound like nonsense, but their purpose is simple: Convey a ton of information about formation, pass protection and routes in the fewest amount of words. Here's how it works.

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Play diagram: Four Verts

Understanding the mother of all Air Raid plays.

Play diagram: Four Verts

Understanding the mother of all Air Raid plays.

Play diagram: Mesh

We dissect the pass concepts in the Air Raid beginning with one of its staples.

Defensive coverages in action

In the next installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid offense Mike Leach brought to WSU, we take a deeper look at what happens after the pre-snap read.

Play diagram: Y-Cross

When the Air Raid wants a big play, it usually goes to Four Verts. But Y-Cross is pretty good in that regard, too.

Play diagram: Y-Sail

A flood concept that exemplifies how Mike Leach uses triangles to force the defense into making a mistake.

Play diagram: The Shallow Cross

That one play where Dominique Williams is wide open forever.

Play diagram: The Wheel

It's a versatile play that can be used both to gash the defense big gains and also get just that little bit of separation in the red zone.

Play diagram: Shakes, Stick, and Corners

Here are a trio of route concepts that can work with previously presented plays.

Play diagram: All Curl

We deconstruct another staple of the Air Raid playbook. It looks just like it sounds.

The Appendix: Air Raid links galore

We conclude our series with some thoughts on what we hoped to accomplish, and include what amounts to the appendix - a dump of every link that went into the making of the Air Raid Playbook series.

Naming Leach's offensive formations

In this installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid playbook of Mike Leach at WSU, we turn our focus to the offense. Describing the prevalent formations and what Coach Leach calls them.

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