Brian J. Anderson

  • joined May 16, 2009
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, WA. Current graduate student in environmental science at WSU Tri-Cities and researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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Football referee mechanics explained


A look inside the the most thankless job in American sport.

Examining WSU football's pace in 2012

The Air Raid is supposed to be fast. Did the Cougars play at the expected pace last season?

Recruiting: Leach adds JC OL to 2013 class

Devonte McClain becomes the 2nd JC transfer in the past month to join the Class of 2013.

Mike Leach and "balance" in the Air Raid


What does balance in the Air Raid look like?

You can help QB commit Peyton Bender


Tweet "@Elite11 #PressureChamber Peyton Bender" to vote for him to be in their final competition of the day, a grueling 2min drill. Players can move on from this super regional to the finals in Oregon, and Peyton has a very good shot to do that. Every vote counts!

Fun with data: We are bizarro Georgia Tech

Just how dependent on the pass was 2012 WSU? Very. So how uncommon was WSU's reliance on the pass? Very.

Mike Leach + Jim Mastro = Air Pistol?

The mad scientist is at it again: Running backs coach Jim Mastro and head coach Mike Leach might be incorporating some Pistol in the Air Raid.

The Appendix: Air Raid links galore

We conclude our series with some thoughts on what we hoped to accomplish, and include what amounts to the appendix - a dump of every link that went into the making of the Air Raid Playbook series.

Play diagram: Four Verts

Understanding the mother of all Air Raid plays.

Play diagram: Shakes, Stick, and Corners

Here are a trio of route concepts that can work with previously presented plays.

Play diagram: Y-Cross

When the Air Raid wants a big play, it usually goes to Four Verts. But Y-Cross is pretty good in that regard, too.

Play diagram: Y-Sail

A flood concept that exemplifies how Mike Leach uses triangles to force the defense into making a mistake.

Play diagram: The Shallow Cross

That one play where Dominique Williams is wide open forever.

Play diagram: The Wheel

It's a versatile play that can be used both to gash the defense big gains and also get just that little bit of separation in the red zone.

Play diagram: All Curl

We deconstruct another staple of the Air Raid playbook. It looks just like it sounds.

Play diagram: Mesh

We dissect the pass concepts in the Air Raid beginning with one of its staples.

Anatomy of a play call

Names of plays in football sound like nonsense, but their purpose is simple: Convey a ton of information about formation, pass protection and routes in the fewest amount of words. Here's how it works.

Basics of pass protection

Diagrams of a few basic protection schemes and a slew of external links on the topic.

Naming Leach's offensive formations

In this installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid playbook of Mike Leach at WSU, we turn our focus to the offense. Describing the prevalent formations and what Coach Leach calls them.

Defensive coverages in action

In the next installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid offense Mike Leach brought to WSU, we take a deeper look at what happens after the pre-snap read.

Reading the defense

In the first installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid offense Mike Leach brought to WSU, we take a look at the first thing a quarterback does when he comes to the line of scrimmage: Read the defense.

BCS offers: Where Doba and Wulff can't touch Leach

We use a bubble plot to examine the attributes of recruiting classes under coaches Mike Leach, Paul Wulff and Bill Doba

Bruggman finally faxes in letter of intent to WSU

Tyler Bruggman, quarterback chooses WSU over Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, among others.

Peyton Pelluer faxes in letter of intent to WSU

The linebacker from Washington prep power Skyline cements his commitment to the Cougars.

Cody O'Connell faxes in letter of intent to WSU

The mammoth offensive lineman from Wenatchee cements his commitment to the Cougars.

UW and the wide receiver screen


Part 3 in our Apple Cup 2012 UW offensive preview

How to cover Austin Seferian-Jenkins


Part 2 in our 3 part analysis of the UW offense leading up to the Apple Cup. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a big part of the Husky offense and a very dangerous weapon in play action.

A brief look at the UW run game


Part 1 of our Apple Cup 2012 UW offensive preview

WSU vs ASU: Q & A with House of Sparky

Did ASU have a drastic culture change going from Dennis Erickson to Todd Graham? We ask House Of Sparky that and more.

Examining the woes of the offensive line

Jeff Tuel has suffered a lot of criticism for holding the ball to long. How much time did he have before Stanford got in the backfield? We'll break down each sack, examining what happened up front.

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