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© February, 2011

Meshing the 4-4, 4-3, 3-4, 5-2, 5-3 and 3-5 from the 3-5 Base Defense

By Rob Manchester � Defensive Coordinator � Georgia Military College

The Base 3-5

Our Base Defense is the 3-5 - We base out of the 3-5 defense and start by teaching the 3-5 alignment, the gap-control scheme and run fits, and have basic cover-3 coverage behind it. 

Why Base out of the 3-5? � It allows us to teach everything else we do on our defense � all the alignments and variations � as simple adjustments out of our base defense. We start by teaching the 3-5 and the gap-control scheme against the run game from the 3-5. We teach our basic coverages (starting with cover-3) out of the 3-5 defense. From there, we install our basic slants and stunts (including our slant-strong and our slant-weak). In our slant scheme, the defensive linemen slant to the call, and the linebackers fill in behind the slants.   
    When we teach the �Bump� concept, it is in complete accord with our slant scheme. Our defensive linemen �bump� over a shade (or a gap) to the call, and the linebackers align to fill in behind the linemen�s bump. Basing out of the 3-5 allows us to �bump� into a 4-4, a 4-3 and a 4-3 under without having to change any personnel or any concepts of our defense ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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