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Complimentary 3-3-5 Defense Swarms Opposing Offenses From Every Direction

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© April, 2005

by Tim Schaffner
Defensive Coordinator, Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, Ariz.

THE 3-3-5 DEFENSE has certainly taken the college football and high school football worlds by storm. It wasn�t long ago that this package was regarded as a �gimmick� or fad defense. Today, however, the 3-3-5 defense is being used effectively at every level of football.

Aside from the multiplicity and strategical advantages that the 3-3-5 offers, one of the main reasons that we added this package to our defensive playbook is that we�re finding it more and more difficult to locate and recruit big defensive linemen who can run. There just doesn�t seem to be as many of those type of kids around anymore. With that said, creating quality depth on the d-line is also a problem for almost all teams, regardless of the age group or level of competition. The 3-3-5 allows you to take one of those big bodies out of the equation and replace him with ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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