Graham Harrell on Mike Leach’s Air Raid

“One of the biggest misconceptions about Coach’s offense is that it’s gimmicky or we’re tricking people. We don’t change it from week to week. We line up and we out-execute people. We line up in basic formations and out-execute them. We don’t motion people. We try to put people in binds. We try to flood a zone. Or we try to beat people in man-to-man. We do throw it more than other people, and people try and make it like that’s a gimmick. It’s just that instead of running the ball, we throw short passes.

“His (Leach’s) whole deal is to out-leverage people. Take what people give you and attack with leverage, going where they’re not. Attack them where they’re weak. Make them defend the whole field. He analyzes everything. He never gets emotional about it. He looks at football from an outside source just watching the game, calling what he thinks he needs to do. He never acts on impulses.” –Graham Harrell, Texas Tech QB 2005-08

Leach, Mike. Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life. 2011. Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.

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Chris
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Honestly I don’t care how we score. Bobby Bowden ran a trick play every other series. Tom Osborne ran the same counter trap 50 times in a game. Mike leach runs control left, control right, and mesh. As long as it works, that’s what matters. I think the biggest thing is having an identity, recruiting to it, practicing to it, and not going away from it when it gets tough. That’s what we did last year. Our offense tried everything because it was good at nothing. The days of student body left and right are gone, it doesn’t hurt my… Read more »

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The one thing we heard a lot was that Harrell likes to run the ball. His last few seasons proved that to be right. I just can’t see the USC offense being as wide open as Leach’s at WSU. Of course USC used to say here it is now stop it if you can. Now we want to take what they give us. I am okay with that philosophy, as long as they are giving us something and we are seeing it. If we don’t see what the defense is giving us it is going to be a long season… Read more »

TrojanMPA90
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What Harrell said above is basically what football on offense is at its simplest form. Try to take what they’re giving you and beat them at it.

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I know it is time for the season to start. I had a dream last night that special teams allowed a punt return for a touchdown & Baxter was run out of town on a rail . Hopefully I am not a fortune teller

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I have always thought Baxter was an innovative guy and at one time one of the best special teams coaches around. Lately a snarky blog in the neighborhood has been pointing out things that should not have happened on special teams, such as 10 men on the field for a kickoff and people not in place for point after tries. I don’t know if he has lost something or his players were just not the 5 star caliber they thought they were. Still he did fly to Australia to find a punter who could tuck the ball and run. It… Read more »

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It may have been the overall attitude of the team last season, not so much Baxter. But then it is his job to make sure we have 11 on the field, so can’t let him off to easy.

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Got to put a word in for Jim Hardy. I only learned from the L.A. Times that at 96 Jim passed from earth and left behind this legacy: At 5’11” and 180 pounds he still managed to quarterback SC for 3-years from 1942-1945 (one wonders how he was not drafted into the military), and was the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft in 1945. He was not a star, but he did well enough. Perhaps more impressive is that he was the head of the coliseum for years. The guy had guts, physical talent, brains and ambition. I don’t… Read more »

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TJ was the best—think he will ever write again?

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That’s good to know. Now let’s get started!