Chart of the Day: Airraid bowl success edition

It’s no secret I enjoy some well executed Airraid, and this bowl season provided three great examples. The last three quarterbacks Dana Holgorsen coached — Case Keenum at Houston, Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State, and his current quarterback, Geno Smith at West Virginia — all led their teams to bowl victories, including two in BCS games. (Keenum was primarily coached this year by former TTech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury while Todd Monken took over at Oklahoma State and led their attack.) And each quarterback put up very impressive numbers. How impressive? See the chart below:

Ho hum, another day at the office

Each had a monster game in his own right, and most importantly they each won, but I enjoy the final column: The “average” quarterback that emerges. Based on the numbers, I’d take that guy on my team. And better yet, tell him to bring his offense with him.

  • Brian Fremeau

    Nice chart, but you need to fix the cell for Total Yards Per Att or drop it all together.

  • Anonymous

    No Baylor or LA Tech? or are those totally different systems?

  • Anonymous

    Baylor is totally different. I could’ve included LaTech but (a) was limiting myself to QBs Dana has directly coached and (b) that system is a bit evolved this year based on what Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin have to work with. If there was a magical metric that adjusted success based on talent, you’d see that LaTech do pretty well.

  • Cotton

    Baylor is totally different? I disagree. There are some differences but Briles spent time at tech with leach and did some similar things at the HS in Texas before Leach hired him. Totally different? How so?

  • Anonymous

    It’s just a different framework. Briles is an excellent coach and was at TTech but he’s not running the Airraid. He’s running his old HS offense (and having great success with it). He took some screen stuff from Leach but is largely doing his own thing. Different is not bad; they killed people this year. It’s just a different system; route structure (max splits by WRs, vertical stem routes, not much in the shallow cross/etc game); run game (zone read and inverted veer game), etc. RG3 was the best QB in the country this year, but he wasn’t an Airraid QB, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • Cotton

    I see what you are saying. I suppose there are more differences than I initially thought.

  • Guest

    How “Air Raid” is WVU’s offense still? I saw they were doing a lot more 2 and even 3 back stuff with the pistol, plenty of playaction, 6 and 7 man protection, some jet sweeps to Tavon Austin, but I didn’t see much in the way of shallow cross, mesh, etc. Do you think they’ll get more back to that stuff as time goes on, being that Holgorson’s still in year 1?

  • Anonymous

    Depends how you define Airraid. To me Airraid isn’t just those plays, it’s about your philosophy and how you practice them. I admit defining it becomes a bit nebulous, but I’ve written at length about all of this.

  • Mike Williams

    There is; it’s called the Vegas spread 🙂

  • Duh9

    How would you defend the Airraid as Holgorson does it….speaking in terms of a scheme/philosophy only.

  • Guest

    I am surprised no SEC homers have showed their faces on this post yet…I figured at least one would have brought up the fact that Alabama and LSU are both power offense/strong defensive teams. The amount of disrespect that Air Raid teams and coaches get from SEC fans is unreal….

  • Steve M.

    Not exactly Holgorsen-related, but Corey Robinson of Troy is also an “Airraid” Quarterback.  In fact, he was running Tony Franklin’s system in high school (which you already wrote about on smartfootball).  Troy was down this season after a great 2010, although Corey’s numbers were still very good.  It’s difficult to say how they altered their system because footage of Troy is nearly impossible to come by (except for field-level footage).  Whatever they did, their rushing yardage dropped by 70 yards per game while passing yardage was nearly identical to last season.  Maybe Blakeney should pick Dana’s brain this offseason.  There’s no reason they should struggle in the Sun Belt with a proven offense and with Troy’s recruiting classes usually considered the best in the conference.