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August/September 2009

August/September 2009


Beating the 3-5 at the Line

by: Eric Stiegel
O.C. and O-Line Coach, Carlson H.S.(MI)
© August/September 2009

Offensive coaches at all levels have gone to the “spread” offense in recent years to take advantage of defenses using big and bulky run-stuffers. They’ve used formations with three and four wide receivers to create mismatches and give the QB easy reads vs. predictable fronts and coverages. Who wouldn’t want their best pure athlete lined up in the slot against a linebacker who is comfortable taking on fullbacks and pulling guards in the hole, but not running step-for-step with your speedy slot back?


As coaches, we knew this could only last for so long. The defenses had to come up with something that could match personal and create confusion for both the players and play-callers in the spread offense. So, they rehashed the old 5-3 stack, but super-charged it with smaller, quicker, and more athletic players to neutraliz....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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