INSTALLING THE 3-3-5 DEFENSE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL

DAVID BROWN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL EASTON, PA (610) 216-5760 ballcoach1@netzero.net

WHY THE 3-3-5 DEFENSE?
• Gives Maximum numbers to stop the running game • Able to give a Variety of looks with Minimal Teaching • Pre-snap movement creates Confusion (Organized Chaos) • Physical, Aggressive, Attacking style of play • Allows smaller, faster athletes to be Successful • Fun for the players! • Attacks the Pass Protection weaknesses • Creates Negative Yardage plays and Turnovers • Makes the offense become Protection Oriented

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL AT A GLANCE
sessoL sniW 11 01 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 9991
(4-6)

3002
(2-8)

2002
(0-11)

1002
(1-9)

0002
(2-8)

8991
(9-1)

Record of 9 WINS and 42 LOSSES prior to installation of 3-3-5 Defense

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME
40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 1998
(2-8)

Points Per Game

1999
(0-11)

2000
(1-9)

2001
(2-8)

2002
(4-6)

2003
(9-1)

2003 DEFENSIVE STATISTICS 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 SACKS TACKLE FOR LOSS FORCED FUMBLES INT 29 76 9 13 .

PERSONNELL E S C L N M E R S C F NOSEGUARD – “Wrestler” type player. must “Quarterback” the defense . must be able to play man coverage CORNERBACKS . must force double teams ENDS – Agile and fast. substitute size for quickness MIKE – Tough LOU LB – Best LB (plays against right side of offense) ROB LB – Next best available FIELD SPUR – Best LB/DB combination player.Cover! FREE SAFETY – Best player. must be able to play man coverage BOUNDARY SPUR – Less physical than Field Spur. physical.

BASE TECHNIQUE/KEYS AND READS .

PRO .BASE ALIGNMENT VS.

TWINS .VS.

VS. TRIPS .

OUTSIDE RUSH LANE INSIDE RUSH LANE NG 0 STUFF BALL A GAP – BACKSIDE A RE LOU MIKE ROB 4 TECH STACK STACK STACK OT OG-NEAR RB FB-OG OG-NEAR RB C GAP – TRAIL/REVERSE FIT FIT FIT OUTSIDE RUSH LANE HASH DROP HOLE DROP HASH DROP .DEFENSIVE LINE AND LINEBACKERS BASE COVER 3 E L POS LE N M E R RUN TO-AWAY C GAP – TRAIL/REVERSE ALIGN 4 TECH OT KEY PASS RESP.

Play as tight as possible and still be able to key and react. nose-to-nose on Center.NOSEGUARD PLAY BASE “STUFF” TECHNIQUE • Alignment: “0” technique. If reached. • KEY: Movement of the Center’s hand. play cutback. Stay flat on pursuit. On pass rush. • Coaching Points: Hold ground on double team. • Responsibility: Attack Center and STUFF him into backfield and find the football. Rush passer in proper lane. . bull rush and look for draw or QB to step up.

BASE BLOCK STUFF CENTER. DO NOT PICK A SIDE.NOSEGUARD STIMULUS/RESPONSE Vs. N . Keep feet moving and stay square. Attack Center.

Keep shoulders square and squeeze through his back-side looking for cutback. N .S. Pursue flat down the L. REACH BLOCK STUFF Center.NOSEGUARD STIMULUS/RESPONSE Vs. Let his head hook you.O.

Step with foot to side you are ripping to. • Responsibility: A Gap that you are ripping to. Turn shoulders on first step. nose-on-nose on Center.NOSE GUARD RIP TECHNIQUE • Alignment: “0” technique. • KEY: Guard that you are ripping to. • Coaching Points: Back off the ball slightly. . then square back up on second step. The Guard will then tell you how to react. Be aware of feeling pressure from Center.

BASE BLOCK Vs. rip quickly to direction you are going. you should beat the Center’s block on your initial step.NOSEGUARD RIP TECH. Base Block: With backside arm. With Guard firing out. Vs. FIND Find the football! N .

S.NOSEGUARD RIP TECH Vs. REACH BLOCK As Guard moves away from you.O. Run flat down the L. N . in the direction he is going. you will feel the Center trying to hook you.

and chase.S.NOSEGUARD RIP TECH Vs. N . SCOOP BLOCK See Guard coming at you and feel Center go away. Get flat down L.O.

N . Drive hard into Guard and penetrate seam.NOSEGUARD RIP TECH Vs. See Guard coming and feel pressure by Center. Create a pile. DOUBLE TEAM Explode low.

N . See Guard coming and stuff him back and find the ball. DOWN BLOCK Explode low.NOSEGUARD RIP TECH Vs.

•Responsibility: C Gap.O.S. Attack outside number of OT.DEFENSIVE END 5 TECHNIQUE • Alignment: “4” Technique (head up on OT). • Coaching Points: Step flat with outside foot. . Keep shoulders square. • KEY: Movement of OT’s helmet. Contain pass rush and trail on play away. Align tight to the L. Punch with hands and react to OT’s first step.

BASE BLOCK Step flat and attack OT’s outside number and knock him back while keeping your shoulders square.5 TECHNIQUE Vs. E .

As OT tries to reach you. REACH BLOCK Step flat to the outside as normal. E . stab him with your hands while keeping feet moving and shoulders square.5 TECHNIQUE Vs. Use an escape technique and find the ball.

5 TECHNIQUE Vs. DOWN BLOCK Step flat as normal while getting your inside hand on OT pushing him inside. Get your eyes up attack trapper with your inside arm and compress him. E . Do not spill.

DOUBLE TEAM Step flat. drop to a knee and use up both blockers.5 TECHNIQUE Vs. E . As OT stays on you and you fell pressure by TE.

5 TECHNIQUE Vs. Squeeze him back out or punch and cross face. the TE will block down on you. As OT pulls outside. E . Y BLOCK Step flat.

• Coaching Points: Key the TE to get a good read All other 5 Tech Coaching Points (except keeping OT off LB) . • Execution: When the TE moves. step with the foot that you are looping to and attack TE. You are looping from a “5” to a “7” Technique.DEFENSIVE END LOOP TECHNIQUE • Alignment: 4 Technique • KEY: TE • Responsibility: Attack and control the C Gap.

You have QB. If Option. BASE BLOCK Feel the Base Block by OT and squeeze back into him.LOOP TECHNIQUE Vs. E . Expect Isolation.

Stab him with Your hands while keeping your feet moving. the OT will be hooking you. E . REACH BLOCK As you step to TE and he’s blocking out. Use an escape technique and get to the Ball.LOOP TECHNIQUE Vs.

DOUBLE TEAM Explode into TE and cause a pile if double team.LOOP TECHNIQUE Vs. if down block and no pressure from OT. Once ball clears you. E . Hold your ground and make the ball bounce. cross-face and chase flat down the LOS for cutback.

Rush passer in proper rush lane. After stepping flat. step flat with the foot you are pinching to. Attack and control it. • Responsibility: You have the “B” GAP. • Coaching Points: Key the Guard and ball to get a good jump. You have the B Gap. crossover with your trail foot while ripping the backside arm through simulataneously.DEFENSIVE END PINCH TECHNIQUE • Alignment: 4 Technique • KEY: The Guard and see the football out of the corner of your eye. Pursue flat down the LOS on ball away. Always beat the OT’s block when going inside vs a scoop block. Your aiming point is the hip of the Guard. . • Execution: When the Guard or football moves.

As OG comes towards you.PINCH TECHNIQUE Vs. he will try And hook you. Punch him with your hands and work back outside. E . REACH BLOCK Flat step down inside with your playside foot.

PINCH TECHNIQUE Vs. feel the OT driving down inside trying to cut you off. E . Flat Step down and punch the OT with your hands. SCOOP BLOCK As the Guard goes away. keeping your shoulders square.

E . Keep your Feet moving as you drive him back.PINCH TECHNIQUE Vs. FAN BLOCK Attack the V of the neck of Guard and squeeze him back into the hole.

E .PINCH TECHNIQUE Vs. PASS SET Attack through the hip of the Guard. You have a two way go on the OG.

FIT SAME B GAP (if contact. keep outside shoulder free) HIGH HAT HASH DROP ALIGNMENT DEPTH: 4 yards . SHUFFLE.ROB/LOU LINEBACKER STIMULUS/RESPONSE STIMULUS DOWN BLOCK OUT BLOCK (Pull To) PULL (Pull Away) SCOOP REACH RESPONSE EYES UP (to near back) SCRAPE TIGHT SHUFFLE.

KEY DRILL FOR ROB/LOU T C T LB LB COACH .

tempo the ball  – (over the top player) .MIKE LB TECHNIQUE Depth – 5 yards  Alignment – Stack  Key – Track of Fullback to OG  Coaching Point – Stay FLAT.

MIKE LINEBACKER STIMULUS/RESPONSE – TRAP TRACK T C T MLB .

ISO TRACK T C T MLB .MIKE LB VS.

TEMPO THE BALL MLB .MIKE LB VS. POWER/BELLY TRACK T C T COACHING POINT: STAY FLAT.

TEMPO THE BALL MLB .MIKE LB VS. COUNTER T C T COACHING POINT: STAY FLAT.

SPUR ALIGMENTS A L I G N M E N T S 2 3 3 4 E S E S 4 2 Inside 4 S S .

Cutback Numbers Drop (flat) .O./Run-Pass) *Bounce 3 times at snap to get read STIMULUS Inside Run to Inside Run Away RESPONSE C Stack (Bonus Player in the box) C Stack – Fold/Cutback Outside Run to Outside Run Away Pass Force Fold.S.SPUR STIMULUS/RESPONSE Key: BALL (On or Off the L.

INSIDE RUN E N E S L R S M C “C” STACK “C” STACK. FOLD/CUTBACK C F S .

OUTSIDE RUN E N E S L R S FORCE C M FOLD/CUTBACK C F S .

BASE COVER 3 VIDEO CLIPS .

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