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Two Awesome Plays: Cougs Air Raid in the wind and rain

Tay Martin got in the endzone and Dezmon Patmon got a nice shoulder in this week’s play breakdowns.

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Is the Air Raid past its prime?

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

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Coach's corner: Those funky pre-snap formations serve a purpose!

I'm going to be honest. For three weeks, I hated the pre-snap shifting that Cougs started doing. But apparently Leach was playing the long con.

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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.

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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.

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One Awesome Play: Cougs strike deep on ... shallow cross?

Isaiah Johnson-Mack breaks the O

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Air Raid Plays

The Appendix: Air Raid links galore

Air Raid Playbook

Under Mike Leach, WSU runs the Air Raid offense. Despite five receivers entering the pattern on virtually every play in what looks like loosely organized chaos, it's not nearly as complicated as you might think. These posts will teach you about its basics, which covers the vast majority of what you'll see on Saturdays from the Cougs.

One Awesome Play: Renard Bell roasts the USC secondary down the seam

Renard Bell goes deep again! This time beating his defender in a straight up foot race.

Basics of pass protection

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

One Awesome Play: Renard Bell is not blocking

Renard Bell’s H-Angle route dekes a screen block and turns upfield to roast Nevada.

Play diagram: Four Verts

Understanding the mother of all Air Raid plays.

One Awesome Play: Minshew II manipulates a defense

This is a play that didn’t count for anything on Saturday. But it shows all you need to know about Wazzu’s quarterback.

One Awesome Play: Easop Winston is against banning redzone fades

The redzone fade is a beautiful thing

One Awesome Play: Jamire Calvin sparks a comeback over Boise State

Tyler Hilinski and Jamire Calvin connect on a corner route to score Wazzu’s first offensive touchdown.

One Awesome Play: WSU’s shovel pass vs. Montana State

Here’s how the Cougs abused the Bobcats with a simple screen.

Play Diagram: RB screen

The perfect, ruthless counter to a heavy pass rush

Why going under center could benefit WSU's offense

The run game could see a big boost from the Cougars adding this little wrinkle to its attack.

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No, Connor Halliday doesn't call all the plays

In case there was any lingering confusion over how play calling works for WSU, this should clear it up. Halliday also noted in his media session today that he changes about 40 to 45 percent of plays.

Play Diagram: Introducing Randy and Larry

The Cougs use wide receiver screens to attack the boundary space of a defense.

Play diagram: Shakes, Stick, and Corners

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

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: All Curl

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

Play diagram: Mesh

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

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.

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.

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.


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