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extremely easy package to implement on any level. We as a defensive
staff, feel that this package gives us the greatest advantage of being
successful against our opponent’s offense. While running the 3-5-3
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in total defense, run defense, and pass defense. Since the
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Message Board has lead the nation in total defense twice, third once, won the NJCAA Football Playbook
National Championship in 2001, and finished runner up in 2002. We Fully diagramed
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execute the defenses that are called. The key to executing this
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zero coverage. Our defensive package is one that consists of applying winning
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Cover Green: Six man pressure,


zero coverage, and it alerts the
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Corner: Both have the #1


receivers
Dog: Both have the #2 receivers
Free Safety: Has the back, #3 Diagram 3. Cover Green
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Bat Strong: Blitz “B” gap strong
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Mike: Blitz “A” gap weak

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and it alerts the players that the
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Corner: Both have the #1
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Dog: Both are contain blitzers
Free Safety: Has the #2 receiver
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Bat Strong: Has first threat, or the
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Bat Weak: Has first threat, or the
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Mike: Watch for leakage in “A” gap
weak, and then become a low hole Diagram 5. Cover Red
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Cover Red: Five man pressure, and it alerts the players that the Dog
and Bat to the called side will blitz. (See Diagram 5.)

Corner: Both have the #1 receivers

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Dog: The Dog to the blitz side blitzes, and the Dog away has the #2
receiver man
Free Safety: Has the #2 receiver to the blitz side
Bat: The Bat to the blitz side blitzes, and the Bat away has the #3
receiver man
Mike: Watch for leakage in “A” gap strong, and then become a low
hole player

In conclusion, our 3-5-3 defensive package allows us to have a


pre-snap alignment that looks the same to our opponent’s
quarterback every time he comes to the line of scrimmage. This
consistent, pre-snap look enables us to bring pressure from many
various angles. In turn, we have five different players that can blitz at
any time using several different combinations. These combinations
present our opponent’s offense with an element of surprise as to
which one of our players is blitzing. I believe that the 3-5-3 defense is
a highly effective defense given the fact that it causes problems and
mismatches for our opponents. Also, I believe the way the coverage
package is organized makes the defense even easier to learn and
execute. With our color and numbering scheme, it leaves no room for
error in relation to who has the #1, #2, and #3 receivers. Lastly, if
you have the athletes that can play man coverage on a play-by-play
basis, this defense can be extremely effective. I hope that this article
has given you an insight as to how we execute our coverage package
at GMC. I would like to thank American Football Monthly for giving me
the opportunity to write this article and give you some insight into our
program and its defense.

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