If you have 25 minutes to watch this Mike Leach Coaching Tree/Air Raid YouTube video, you’ll see why USC, behind Graham Harrell, just might be on to their best offensive switch since adopting the I-formation under John McKay. The main difference being, USC under McKay didn’t invent and perfect this one — Leach did (basically).
The Air Raid is all about flexibility, controlled aggressiveness, killing man coverage, forcing defensive players to “rub” against each other while trying to cover the “mesh”, placing safeties in impossible situations, creating unguardable open spaces, allowing WRs to wreck defenses with hot adjustments and putting QBs “who can snapshot the whole field” into total command. Their mobility just isn’t that important, not nearly as much as savvy, patience, timing and accuracy. Escapability always helps, of course.
Leach’s influence on modern football offenses is literally unrivaled as I see him now. This graphic, detailed Brett Kollman exposition explains it all. Just makes you wonder one thing. Why doesn’t every school run this?