Check out the podcast for yourself. The Ringer’s NFL podcast had a very cool discussion this week with a coach who specializes in defense at the Texas high school level. Some really interesting stuff about why defenses seem to take longer to adjust and experiment, and about how to contain Air Raid offenses. One thing that jumped out to me was that one reason the air raid works so well in college and high school is not that it’s complex—it’s that it is so SIMPLE. College and high school coaches are extremely limited in how long they can spend working with these kids. The Air Raid is so conceptual that many teams today don’t even have playbooks or route trees. This means that instead of spending a lot of time in the classroom and film room, lower-level coaches can work on the field at execution. This is a long way of saying that I think Murray’s understanding of the offense, such that it is, is less of a factor, as is a transition period for the professionals on the roster. Expect a lot of comments in camp about how the offense really just frees you up to play football and make plays, or whatever. Expect offensive rookies to adapt much more quickly.