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Swarming Linebacker Reads For The 3-3 Odd Stack

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© August, 2005

by Joe Kuhns
Head Coach, California Area High School, California, Pa.

THE ODD STACK is the newest defensive craze flying through the high school ranks. Our team incorporated it at the varsity level over 2 years ago and have enjoyed great success.

Our team generally possesses great speed, but we’re also generally undersized, so we made the switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-3 defensive front.

Coming up as a coach, I was always taught to have as many athletes on the field at one time as possible and replacing a defensive lineman with a linebacker has become a good switch for us that has paid big-time dividends. This past season, our defense gave up 10.2 ppg, had a +26 turnover ratio, recorded 18 sacks and had 41 tackles for a loss.

The main key for this defensive success has been ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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