Most defensive coaches are familiar with the two most popular base defenses – the 3-4 and the 4-3.
But for coaches looking for something a little different to optimize to a specific group of players or looking to keep offenses off-balance, a 3-5-3 defense might be a great option.
The 3-5-3 defensive alignment isn’t a formation that you see every day in football.
That’s mainly because it employs five linebackers on the field at all times, and requires the two Hybrid linebackers, as they’re called, to be very versatile – solid against the pass and the run.
Because of this fact, though, most offenses don’t know how to handle the 3-5-3 formation.
In this article, you’ll read about the basics of the 3-5-3 defense, its strengths and weaknesses, and a 3-step guide on how it’s run.
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