The Air Raid Offense: Overview and Basic Strategy

by Corey Fipps


  • Learn how to install and run a fast tempo offense without a lot of confusing calls and adjustments
  • Learn how to combine the Inside Zone with quick hitting passes and screens
  • Allow your QB to make one read to check into the best run or pass play
  • Use the passing game as an extension of the run game

With Corey Fipps, Belhaven University Co-Offensive Coordinator; former Faulkner University Offensive Coordinator.

In 2011, the Eagles led the nation in total offense, averaging 520 yards per game. Faulkner University was also third in the nation in scoring with 43.5 points scored per game
Faulkner University's football program is only five years old; however, with Corey Fipps's Air Raid, up-tempo offense, Faulkner has turned into an offensive juggernaut.

In just his third year as the Offensive Coordinator at Faulkner University, Coach Fipps directed his high flying Eagle offense to a record-shattering season. The Eagles led the nation in total offense, averaging 520 yards a game and Faulkner was third in the nation in scoring at 43.5 points per game in 2011.

As a former player Coach Fipps understands the need to keep concepts simple yet effective. Watch as he presents his version of the spread offense in a no non-sense approach. Experience an offense that will:

  • "Spread-em and shred-em"
  • Snap the ball in 12 to 14 seconds putting incredible pressure on the defense
  • Provide easy installation with limited line calls
  • Combine the inside zone and quick screen into one offensive package that counts the defenders in the box to determine which play will be executed

First, Fipps shares his personnel requirements for each position before taking you through the basics of the offense. Formations for the spread include a 2 x 2, a 3 x 1, and a 2 x 1 with split backs; a 2 x 1 pistol and a 1 x 1 three back attack complete the attack.

Coach Fipps diagrams his inside zone and quick screen combination plays using a power point presentation. After covering the simple run blocking rules and play mechanics, Fipps shows you several cut-ups from game footage coaching you through how the plays are executed versus multiple fronts and coverages. The unique combination of the inside zone tagged with the quick screen on the backside of the play becomes a number count for the quarterback. If the receivers on the backside have the numbers the play turns into a quick screen, if the box contains less than 6 defenders the quarterback runs the inside zone. Fipps also shows you the lethal combination out of a 3 x 1 formation in which a bubble screen is run to the strong side and a fast screen is executed to the one receiver side.

Included in this video is pop pass out of a trips formation that is tagged to the inside zone for another deadly combination. With the pop pass the quarterback reads the inside backer to determine if he throws the pop pass or executes the inside zone. Fipps tells his quarterback, "when in doubt run the zone."

Coach Fipps offers a solution to running the spread with fewer scholarship players and has the statistics to support his success. If you are looking for a way to include spread concepts in your existing offense or make a switch to the spread, Coach Fipps offers an easy to follow plan.


The Coach


Corey Fipps

Belhaven University Co-Offensive Coordinator; former Faulkner University Offensive Coordinator


Corey Fipps begins his first season as the Offensive Coordinator at Missouri Southern State University.

Fipps comes to Southern after a season as the Co-Offensive Coordinator at Bellhaven University in Mississippi. In 2014 at Bellhaven, Fipps' offense racked up 4,855 yards of total offense, including over 3,700 in the air. The Blazers averaged 10.4 yards per catch and recorded 28 touchdowns passing, while averaging 337 yards in the air per game. 

Prior to Bellhaven, Fhipps was the Offensive Coordinator at Montana Tech. In his one season at Tech, the Orediggers ranked 15th in the NAIA in passing offense per game (261.4) and 22nd in total passing (2614). Tech averaged 21.4 first downs per game and 403.1 yards of total offense.

Fipps joined the Orediggers from Sacramento City College, a member of the California Community College Athletic Association, where he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In his only season with the Panthers, he increased the offensive production by 150 yards and 11 points per game.

Prior to his time at SCC, Fipps spent three seasons with Faulkner University as the offensive coordinator and lead recruiter. He increased the team’s offensive production in each of his seasons. In 2011, the Eagles ranked first in the nation in total offense (520 yards), first downs (30.2) and passing offense (397) per game. They were also the NAIA’s third highest scoring team per game (43.5 points).

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