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Everything you could ever want to know about the Air Raid offense

It’s been over ten years since the Air Raid sirens sang in Commonwealth Stadium. But, with Neal Brown coming home to lead Kentucky’s offense, it’s time to dust them off once again. Since it’s been a while, you may need to refresh yourself on Hal Mumme’s old system. Wikipedia? Pfft, that’s child’s ish. Chris Brown of SmartFootball.com has written what may be the most thorough explanation of the Air Raid Offense in existence.

Brown charts the history and evolution of the Air Raid, going back to its origins at BYU, its maturation under Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, and the new generation of Air Raid coaches, including Neal Brown. If you’re a die-hard X’s and O’s person, you’ll love it, and even if you’re not, it’s a good glimpse at what we may see on the field next season.

[The Air Raid Offense: History, Evolution, Weirdness — From Mumme to Leach to Franklin to Holgorsen and Beyond]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

27 Comments for Everything you could ever want to know about the Air Raid offense



  1. I'mTheDaddy
    12:19 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Very good article!



  2. DUFFUS
    12:21 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    DUFFUS SAYS:

    Loved every minute of the “Air Raid Sirens” may need to add a few more! We Need to add the bells tolling for defense! Ring’em loud too! NEVER,EVER OUT OF A GAME thats our new motto! Can score quick and shut them down quick!! Love it,love it love Commonwealth alive again! Damn the cannon-give me bells & sirens!



  3. TheProfessor
    12:29 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Should have hired leach or petrino



  4. Joe
    12:29 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Comparing the last season with TT 38 ppg… IF, Kentucky had only scored 22 ppg (60% of TT) and if Stoops had only shaved 25% off the opposing team’s scores….

    UK would have been 5-7 last season. Had we scored at 75% of Brown’s rate, still just shaving 25% off the opponent’s score with a Stoops Defense we’d have been 8-5.

    Please Eeyores give it a rest, even if Brown doesn’t perform as well in the SEC as he did at Tech, he makes us far more dangerous. And even if Stoops’ WAS playing in the ACC, if he can improve our defense by 25% the total turn-around could be significant.

    Not win the SEC significant, not even win the SEC East significant, but still pretty [email protected] good, especially as compared to the recent past. And thats’ competing with what we currently have, with a good set of seasons and good evaluation/recruiting Ky. COULD be competing for SCE East.



  5. Joe
    12:31 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Should have hired leach or petrino

    Leach wasn’t leaving Wa. State for UK; and Petrino got the job he was qualified for…a non-BCS school, at a fraction of his former salary, UNTIL he shows he has changed his spots.



  6. UKBlue1!
    12:34 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #3. Answer=Fire Barnhart.



  7. wldctky
    12:37 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    what is it with this blogs obsession with UK football? Is the university paying you guys to talk about it as much as possible? UK is a basketball school and that will never change…And the overwhelming majority of UK fans want basketball info 24/7 this time of year. Not football!!



  8. DT in DC
    12:42 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m ok with the Air Raid offense returning so long as they bring a defense with it this time.



  9. Big Whoop
    12:45 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    4 – good points. Leach, to my knowledge, like Petrino was not contacted by UK because of his temperment. He may not last long at Wassu. I like our odds of success with the coaching staff we’ve hired plus those we will hire. The Air Raid along with a decent defense (something we didn’t have under Mumme) gives us a fighting chance.



  10. Ukalum
    12:49 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    7) I got your basketball updates wldctky
    Today: the team isn’t that great and cal has to whip their tails to get them to perform
    Tomorrow: the team isn’t that great and cal has to whip their tails to get them to perform
    The day after that: the team isn’t that great and cal has to whip their tails to get them to perform
    The day after that: the team isn’t that great and cal has to whip their tails to get them to perform

    Just admit that basketball is boring right now because this team is boring right now. Bring on some football posts



  11. ICBMcat
    12:54 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing that the offense redefining much of college ball (along with Chip Kelly’s stuff at Oregon) came to be with Mumme at UK. The branches all head out from there. Leach, Holgerson, Brown, Kingsbury, etc.



  12. Need a Burner
    12:55 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Tech’s top WR recruit just decommitted. Would be nice to real him in.
    Devin Lauderdale @Donald_Trump_10
    and looks like Samples could use some Big Blue Love too
    Rashaad Samples @10justscored



  13. Eric
    1:09 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Spot on #10.



  14. Laker Cat 18
    1:42 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Word on the street through Rivals is that dual-threat QB D.J Gillins is wavering on his current verbal to Texas Tech and is eyeing Kentucky. He’s a 4-star. Here’s his yahoo sports profile:

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-D.J.-Gillins-126333



  15. Keep rock
    1:43 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #11 I seen a coaching tree from the air raid offence. You are 100% correct it would surprise a lot of people to see just how far Mummie coaching tree is.



  16. asdf
    1:48 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    History repeats itself….a coach named Stoops leaves a DC job in the state of Florida to become a head coach, and he hires an air raid coach as his OC. Oklahoma won a championship, so I hope we fare as well!



  17. Joe
    1:50 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    16. Let’s don’t go all crazy, this is Ky. Football we are talking about here. Let’s get to consistently winning seasons.



  18. Keep rock
    1:50 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    To bad Franklin is a rat or he could have coached at a good school somewhere. I know he was at Auburn one year but they sucked. Nothing he could do with that group.



  19. lipset
    1:58 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    if stoops WERE to ever win at ky he would be out of here a lot quicker than petrino! petrino will bash both uk and ul. would you rather have a top 10 team at uk for a couple yrs and the coach leave or a 3-4 win team for 5 yrs before the coach is fired?



  20. Joe
    2:02 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    19. Your reasoning was opaque…please explain that again. How does it work, again? Our options are a Top 10 team for a couple of years or Joker? I don’t think those are all of our options, but thank you for contributing.



  21. hmmm
    2:02 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I heard we had a great offensive recruiting class coming in.. so I checked:

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/commitments/2013/kentucky-69

    I honest thought we would have at least one 4 star recruit based on all the hype. Its great to have solid role players, but hopefully the new coaches can bring in a few bigger names.



  22. Keep rock
    2:16 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #19) that is one of the most moronic post I’ve seen. Why do people say if Stoops does good he will leave? News Flash any coach UK hires is going to use it as a stepping stone. The head coaching job at UK isn’t exactly a destination job. We need to use that to our advantage its a win win for everybody if Stoops has success and moves on we should be in better shape to hire a good coach. Cincinnati has used this to their advantage and has made some great coaching hires. Do you think Petrino will stay at WKU or UK. He’s using this to rebuild his rep so he can get a better job at a bigger school. That’s life everybody is looking to improve his self.



  23. It's over
    2:18 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    19. I wanted Petrino too, in fact that was the only coach I thought could do anything with UK, but Stoops seems to have a firm grasp of what it will take and we need to give him a chance. If he wins and leaves so be it but let’s give him that chance. The hire has been made, Petrino has been hired elsewhere as well, it’s time to drop it and move on.



  24. Keep rock
    2:23 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    21) I’ve been saying the Samething. All I hear about on here is all the talent we have. Or how great we are going to be next year now that Joker is gone because we had a great team joker just couldn’t coach them. All I see is role players and that’s fine if you have some studs to put on the field with them. Uk doesn’t have one player how will make that big stop or that one guy you can throw the ball to who will make a play.
    Look at the other schools who offered to our recruits. MAC schools . That’s better judge then gauge then the stars



  25. man
    2:27 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Man those were the good ole days…… used to fight over tickets to go to the game. Plus you could leave at half time with your pass out ticket and come back in!



  26. Old Pogue Bourbon
    2:59 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I am a Mike Leach apologist. Those who think he is trouble are incorrect. Please read the article referenced and then comment. Michael Lewis (author of Moneyball, The Blind Side, etc.) takes a pretty unbiased view.



  27. Old Pogue Bourbon
    3:14 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    By the way…the caption to the picture above was omitted and I thought it was hilarious. Caption = “Let’s call a pass”