Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3-3-5 Defensive Scheme


I have been answering emails all summer about the 3-3-5 scheme. The 3-3-5 can be easily disguised. If used properly, it can confuse the best offenses. It gives you three defensive lineman, three linebackers, and five defensive backs. Depending on the personnel you have on your team, you can interchange your players to figure out the best fit. Most of the coaches that want to use the 3-3-5 are defending the spread offense. It allows you to have the freedom to apply pressure and have some coverage behind it. Be sure to click on the sample link above to see the plays better. I it shows how we match up vs the spread offense using the 3-3-5.

I believe the 3-3-5 gives us the best chance to defend an offense that is 50-50 run/pass with the spread. One of the safest schemes to use against a heavy pass team is man under with two deep safeties. No matter what defensive formation you use. I have been telling coaches that this is the best scheme to use to set the offense up.

Some coaches feel that the 3-3-5 can be attacked by running against it. This is their reason for not wanting to use it. This depends on the type of athletes you have on your team. You can make the nickle back a safety for run support (if you have the personnel). I have talked to many coaches that are happy with the success their having with the 3-3-5. A couple of coaches just switched to the 3-3-5 this season and are happy with what they have accomplished thus far. They are now competing with teams that they normally don't compete with because they are able to keep the game close.

When I draw a play up, it's in it's generic form. How well you disguise your scheme is another thing. I assist with all those intangibles by consulting with my clients. It is more important to get the concepts down first. I mean literally walk through the plays with your defense until they have an understanding of what you are teaching them.

There are so many ways to disguise the 3-3-5. You can make it look like a 3-4, 4-3, dime, or nickle. Depending on your alignment. Before you start thinking about using the 3-3-5, you should take a good look at your personnel. Your linebackers have to be studs. They are the key to this scheme. They must be athletic. Must be able to play the run as well as the pass. My website gives a few examples of the 3-3-5.

It is important to note that one should not use the 3-3-5 on the goal line. Too many coaches are guilty of over using a scheme to the point where the opponents catch up to them. This can cost you a game or two down the line. The loss COULD come at the wrong time i.e. the playoffs or something. Don't be that coach. Everyone has tendencies but this is just plain dumb. You must change it up. The 3-3-5 can be used as an every down scheme until you get to the goal line (meaning 5 yard line and in). Everyone has a different concept of where they no longer use the 3-3-5. Always have another package or two ready for your opponent. Something that that particular opponent has not seen you use.

I will be glad to answer any of your questions regarding anything related to football schemes. You can always go footballscheme.com for more information regarding football schemes.

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