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Disguise in the 3-5 Defense

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© February, 2009


by David Prince
Def. Coordinator, South Florence High School (SC)

Today’s offenses are becoming more sophisticated with every passing year.  The old cliché of three yards and a cloud of dust is almost becoming non-existent.  Many of the advanced offenses today are reading defenses prior to the snap and calling or checking the play at the line of scrimmage. We  adopted the philosophy several years ago that we were going to move and disguise the fronts, blitzes, and coverages as much as possible.  We call this “prowling”.

    Advantages of disguising are numerous, but the main advantage we are looking for is to remove a little of the offense’s aggressiveness in the pre-snap phase.  In my opinion, the conventional way of just ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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