In 2004, I was captivated by the idea of throwing on every down. Chris Hatcher had me hooked.
The Air Raid is absolutely brilliant. With just a handful of passing concepts, a simplistic running game, and a few screens and draws, you can make sure the defense is never right.
Like every other scheme in football, it doesn't always turn out that way on the field. But it sure is a cool idea.
While the offense is still being used, it's not as revered as it once was.
You can look back to the '90s, when Kentucky's passing offense took the SEC by storm. Hatcher's teams that dominated Division II Football. And of course, Mike Leach throwing the ball all over the lot at Texas Tech.
Not to mention, Tony Franklin System teams were dominating High School Football.
When we look at the landscape today, it doesn't look quite as bright for the Air Raid. Leach and Kliff Klingsbury have struggled recently, as has Hatcher.
(for what it's worth, I'm not a TFS member so I can't say for sure - but Tony seems to have evolved...)
That doesn't mean it's not fun to talk about! So sit back and listen to Episode 131 of The Football Coaching Podcast. We're talking Mesh, Y-Shallow, Y-Stick, and just generally chucking the football all over the field!