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Beating the 3-5-3 with the Option

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© August, 2010


by Paul Anthony Markowski
Fullbacks Coach, Simon Fraser University (CAN)

With the advent of spread offenses in today’s college game, many defensive coaches have moved, or are contemplating moving, to the 3-5-3 defensive set. The theory behind this defense is to get more speed on the field in order to deal with the speed and athleticism of today’s offenses. Running a 3-5-3 defense also potentially puts eight men in the tackle box on every play. With these facts in mind, the defensive logic of the 3-5-3 indicates eight men in the box will stop the option running game. Sounds legitimate. But I, for one, do not buy into this line of thinking. Instead, I truly believe that the option game can dominate any d ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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