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© June, 2013
THE CASE FOR THE 4-4 DEFENSE

by Ray Diven
High School and Youth Coach

This defense gives you more time to stem during pre-snap and makes blitzing more effective.

Recently, many high schools have relied heavily on a 5-3-3 style defense. The theory behind this defense was to crowd the line of scrimmage to help stop the offensive running game since most high school teams relied on their run game for the majority of their yardage. This was a great strategy when high school football was focused on power-style play. Now, many high school athletes are training in more areas then just weight training because more kids participate in two, three and even four different sports. These multi-sport athletes train in different ways to cater to the needs of each sport. This is causing those athletes to become a more rounded football player. They are mobile, strong and fast. ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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