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How to Attack the 5-3 Defense

5-3 Defense Attack ZonesI know many of you run the 5-3 defense, almost 29% of coaches that took my defense poll on the Youth Defense page run the 5-3 defense.  Since many of the youth offenses will run against a 5-3 defense in their youth football league, I thought I would look at how to attack the 5-3 defense.

I personally love running the off-tackle play against the 5-3 defense from an I formation leading with the FB on the OLB and TB trailing cutting off the block.  My play side TE or Slot blocks EMOL and everyone else block GOD.  This play works really good when you Nasty split the TE and widen the OTs splits too.

All the books say Gut plays also work well against the 5-3 defense because the middle of the defense is weak between the guards.  A FB inside trap play might work well or just a tough up the gut FB run.  You can also run an ISO on the MLB.

As far as the passing game.  The flats are weak.  Quick Slants and TE quick passes will work well.

If the DE an OLB crash and bite on inside dives then run sweeps.  If the DE is boxing wide, then run an ISO on the OLB.

Like I have written earlier.  Every defense has a weakness.  They key to good defensive play is to mix it up so the offense can’t figure your defense out.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

Coach Parker
Ft Worth, Texas





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Which Offense for Youth Football?

There are so many football offenses these days to choose from, Spin, Double Wing, Single Wing, I-Formation, Power I, Straight T, Wishbone, Pro Set, and more, but which one works best in youth football?  In our Colorado Pee Wee Tackle football league, there is not one definitive offensive leader.  I have seen everyone run all of the above.  The team that beat us in the playoffs and eventually one our Super Bowl ran a non-option Wishbone with many misdirection plays.  I’ve read many books and presentations on youth football offenses over the last three years and there a few similarities that come up for everyone’s “best” youth offense.

Best Youth Offense Characteristics

  1. Simple but effective blocking schemes
  2. More blockers than defenders at point of attack
  3. Extensive use of misdirection in plays, multiple backs going opposite directions
  4. Use of misdirection fakes in the offense sets up subsequent plays in the offensive series
  5. Offense is simple with 6 to 10 basic plays that compliment each other for series play calling
  6. Passing is not emphasized, pass only to keep them honest
  7. X-Factor – Coaching and Talent

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