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© August, 2002
3-4 Stack Defense Keeps Your Opponents Guessing

by Tim Tibesar
Linebackers Coach, University of North Dakota, Fargo, N.D.

OUR FOOTBALL TEAM has run the 3-4 stack defense for over 10 years. Playing in the competitive North Central Conference, our defense has finished first in scoring defense (fewest points allowed) in seven of the past 10 seasons and has never finished lower than third. In that time, the program has won five conference championships and a NCAA

Division II National Championship.
Understanding the nature of the defense your team plays is essential to being a great player within that system.

DIAGRAM 1: Base 3-4 Stack Front.

When introducing your linebackers to a 3-4 stack defense, do not start out talking about assignments and techniques. Instead, start by giving them a basic understanding of the strength and weaknesses of this defense as well as the basic concepts of how an offense can and will attack it.

Strengths Of The 3-4 Stack

There are several inherent strengths of the 3-4 stack defense. One of those strengths is that it forces the ball inside.

DIAGRAM 2: Forcing The Bal ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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