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The 3-3-5 Bomber Defense Keeps Speed On Your Side Of The Ball

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© December, 2007


by Steve Specht
Head Football Coach, St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio

THE 3-3-5 DEFENSIVE PACKAGE is easy to install, stays in a beneficial odd front and keeps your fastest players on the field. This especially is important if you do not feature a lot of bigger players on your defense.

By aligning in an odd front, it allows you to angle and slant to get into reduction. Plus, you do not tip to bubble, so offenses canít read what you are doing. Your coverage is three deep. Most importantly, you are keeping your defense simple and fast. Out of the 11 players on defense, nine know exactly what their assignment is when the defense is called. Only two players make adjustments and only one player checks. No matter what the offense does, your defense is ready. The offense does not dictate to you what your defense is going to do.

Why go from 3-4 to 3-3?

The easy and most important answer to this question is simple: speed. In a 3-4 defense, the Sam linebacker typically is over the tight end. With the advent of the spread offense, that Sam LB (who is possibly one of your bigger LBs) now has to cover a wide receiver who is faster and more athletic. Being in a 3-3 gets at least five players in your secondary to defense a potential spread offense.

Also, in a 3-3, the front three players do not have to learn anything new from a basic 3-4. The responsibilities do not chang ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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