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The Air Raid Offense is a shotgun spread, pass-first offense designed by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach while they were at the University of Kentucky in the 1990′s. The core concepts were originally developed by Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow when they coached at BYU. It is a very popular offensive system run by many high school football programs and many college football teams such as Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Houston and many others.
These College Football Playbooks come in many shapes and sizes. All styles of offense are represented here and there are many historical playbooks from coaches like Bear Bryant and Woody Hayes.
The Double Wing Offense and Flexbone Offense are run-first offensive systems. Both of these offenses are run widely at the youth football and high school levels and the Flexbone is run by college teams including Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern.
The Double Wing is based off a formation originally run by Pop Warner in the early 1900′s. Most people agree that Don Markham is the father of the Double Wing Offense with his strategies developed in the 1970′s. Other coaches have continued to develop the Double Wing including Hugh Wyatt, Jack Gregory and Steve Calande. All three coaches have developed different styles, rules and systems to expand the offense even further.
The Flexbone Offense is based off of the Double Slot formation that was run by Glenn “Tiger” Ellison. Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force) and Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) are three coaches that are running the Flexbone with great success in the college ranks.
The option offense may be the most popular type of offense. It can be run from any formation and in any offensive scheme. It has widespread use from College Football down to Youth Football but is run very sparingly in the NFL. This section has files from a variety of offensive styles including the very popular Split Back Veer and I Option Offense made famous by Nebraska and Tom Osborne.
Whether the offensive system is run dominated or pass dominated, the passing game is an important part of every offense. This section has articles and information about all aspects of the Passing Game.
The Pistol Offense was designed in 2004 by Chris Ault, the head coach of the University of Nevada. The offense combines the shotgun and single back offenses into a hybrid system. In the Pistol Offense, the QB aligns tighter to the LOS than in a traditional shotgun and the running back aligns directly behind him. The offense has evolved to include multiple backs and Pistol formations have found their way into many college offenses.
Professional Football has seen many different styles of offense throughout its storied history. These playbooks range from the run heavy offensive playbooks of Vince Lombardi to the pass happy playbooks from Mike Martz with the “Greatest Show on Turf” and everything in between.
The football run game is an important part of every offense. These files provide a teaching tool for the various styles of the run game, from teaching Inside Zone blocking to the Vince Lombardi era Packers Sweep. The football run game can be used as an entire offense like most Wing-T concepts or it can be used as a change-up as in many Air Raid offenses. There are many philosophies in the run game, in the Spread Shotgun offenses, many teams like to widen the defense out to run the ball where they have a numbers advantage. In the Wing-T offense, numbers advantages are created with pulling lineman and extra blockers at the point of attack.
The Run and Shoot Offense was designed by a high school coached named Glenn “Tiger” Ellison. It was modified and popularized by Mouse Davis with Portland State and in the USFL with the Houston Gamblers. The Run and Shoot offense is run out of spread formations and it relies on receivers adjusting their routes based on coverages and movement of the defense. The offense reached it’s apex in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s when it was run by the Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. It also helped the University of Houston and Andre Ware post huge passing numbers and win the Heisman.
The Run and Shoot Offense is no longer widely used in college or pro football. In 2011, only two Division 1 teams ran the Run and Shoot, Hawaii and SMU.
The Spread Offense is arguably the most popular style of offense in football right now. It is run at every level from Youth football to the Professional ranks. The spread offense is typically run out of a Shotgun formation with three, four or five receivers. The reasons for running the spread offense are different for each style of offense. Some teams, like Auburn, run the spread offense to run the ball inside the tackles where they gain a numbers advantage. Other teams, like the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning, run the spread offense to get more receivers involved in the passing game. Still, more teams will run a modified Wing-T out of the Shotgun spread, similar to how Florida ran their offense with Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow.
The West Coast Offense was created by Bill Walsh while he was an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals in the 60′s and 70′s. When he became the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he brought the system with him and it developed into one of the most successful NFL offenses. Bill Walsh and the 49ers went on to win 3 Super Bowls using the West Coast Offense with players like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. The philosophy of the West Coast is to emphasize short, horizontal passing passing plays that allow for a high completion percentage and a great run after the catch ability.
The Wing-T offense is run by many teams at the youth football and high school football levels. In the past it was run by many colleges including Delaware and Notre Dame while Ara Parseghian was the head coach. The Wing-T is a run first offense that has a lot of plays that utilize pulling and trapping lineman.