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June 2012

June 2012


Disrupting the Spread with the 3-5 Defense

by: Matt McCarty
Defensive Coordinator, Northwestern College (IA)
© June 2012

Focusing on blitz opportunities and mixing coverages can help stop the spread option team.

Regardless of the level of the game, championship football means playing strong defense. We run a 3-5 stack defense because it fits who we want to be as a football program. We want to be an aggressive, attacking team and we feel this scheme fits our style of play. We have run the 3-5 stack very successfully since 2003. This past season, we faced two spread offenses who, at the time, led our conference in scoring and total offense. In one game we gave up 14 fourth quarter points when we led 51-0 and in the second game we shut our opponent out. Our 3-5 stack defense gives our players the best opportunity to play fast and aggressive against any type of offense, especially the spread.

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