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The 2OT: Another year of the Air Raid offense

Another year of high scoring games and probably an exhausted defense

The thought.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are known for their Air Raid offense. The system is designed out of a shotgun formation typically with four wide receivers and a running back. It’s main focus is bigger runs and longer pass completions. Texas Tech has always succeeded with the Air Raid offense, but is it time to move on?

The take.

The Air Raid offense is fast. There is no huddle. The quarterback and the offense race up to the line of scrimmage, attempt to read the defense, and then snap the ball based on the quarterback’s play call. The majority of the play calls in a season result in a passing play. This is how Texas Tech ends up with 60 points in a game. The goal is not only to score, but to tire out the defense. The fast pace limits the defense’s ability to substitute players and adjust their game plan making it easy for defense to make mental mistakes like missed assignments or being out of position or too many men on the field.

The problem with the Air Raid offense is the opposing team can use those exact same methods against us. A great example of this is the 2016 game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Both offenses were on fire. Records were shattered. The teams put up 1,708 combined yards. The final score was 66-59. Defense just couldn’t keep up on either team. Coaches across the country were asking if the defensive line even showed up to the game.

Texas Tech has definitely seen success using the Air Raid offense, but you would never know that based on the last few seasons. Should Kingsbury stick to his guns or surprise us with something completely different?


Should Kingsbury continue to use the Air Raid offense?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    That’s a dumb question. Of course! It works!
    (119 votes)
  • 16%
    It’s time to move on.
    (36 votes)
  • 29%
    Surprise the opposing teams with a running game instead.
    (66 votes)
221 votes total Vote Now