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Offline tcoxman

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521 Stack
« on: April 23, 2011, 11:58:56 AM »
New approach to the 3-3 Stack. The 521 Stack. Simplify your defense. Comments? CHECK IT OUT!


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Re: 521 Stack
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 12:32:11 PM »
New approach to the 3-3 Stack. The 521 Stack. Simplify your defense. Comments? CHECK IT OUT!
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Re: 521 Stack
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011, 02:30:49 PM »
Good stuff...very simple.  Looks as simple as my color scheme that i use..the 521 is an easy install defense.
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Offline tcoxman

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Re: 521 Stack
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 04:03:18 PM »
REMINDS ME OF TOM SIMONTONS 44 STACK, USING NUMBERS TO CALL THE STUNTS. SIMPLE.  GOOD JOB COACH, THANKS FOR SHARING.


Appreciate the comment coach. I am very familiar with your style. Keep up the great work.
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Re: 521 Stack
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 04:10:55 PM »
This defense intrigues me.  But what are the differences between the 3-5-3 and the 3-3 stack?  Sorry if that's a dumb question. 

And from a practical standpoint, how many and how often would I blitz out of any of these defenses?

I tried to install the 3-5-3 defense last year, but had some problems.  I don't think it's an unsound defense, unless the blitz techniques are bad.  Gap defense is gap defense and how the kids get to the gap, or otherwise cover the gap, doesn't matter to me.

Any suggestions on how to teach blitz technique?  I want to be aggressive, but I don't want my kids overruning the play either.

What about coverage?  Zone?

And lastly, what about techniques to shut down c-gap runs?  Is it as simple as blitzing or stunting into those gaps?

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Re: 521 Stack
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 08:20:05 PM »
This defense intrigues me.  But what are the differences between the 3-5-3 and the 3-3 stack?  Sorry if that's a dumb question. 

And from a practical standpoint, how many and how often would I blitz out of any of these defenses?

I tried to install the 3-5-3 defense last year, but had some problems.  I don't think it's an unsound defense, unless the blitz techniques are bad.  Gap defense is gap defense and how the kids get to the gap, or otherwise cover the gap, doesn't matter to me.


Any suggestions on how to teach blitz technique?  I want to be aggressive, but I don't want my kids overruning the play either.

What about coverage?  Zone?

And lastly, what about techniques to shut down c-gap runs?  Is it as simple as blitzing or stunting into those gaps?

Coach, I think most 3-3 stacks are very similar. The way they are used and the techniques might vary. At your age level, it is tough and you have to be simplistic either way. I like the 521 because of its versatility. I like my approach to the 3-3 because I have made it simplistic to call. And, everyone on the right does the same TECH as everyone on the left
I always start my kids in BASE to force them how to control their gap. They don't just shoot through a gap in BASE. We attack the # and shoulder to the gap we control with our hands and we fight pressure. It is important how your kids control a gap. This allows your LBer's to flow and attack.  BLOW is our call when we actually want our DL to penetrate the gap as quickly as possible. We teach a low base lateral step into the gap with our head up, shoulders square, punching through with the far arm. But we only penetrate to the heels of the 'OL', feel, fight pressure and find the football. We do much the same with our LBer's when they stunt. Your drills should simulate what the kids do in a game.
At your age level, I would stunt two LBer's a lot. One from each side. You can still play a zone behind it or man. BTW- The MLB is your stud in this defense.
As for the C gap, and I think you mean the TE side, it is something you have to coach. At your level, I would play my #5 up on the LOS to squeeze down [killer]. If #2 has C gap responsibility with a TE, he has to attack the TE head on to outside shoulder, he can't get down blocked, and must keep his outside arm free. The MLB scrapes underneath to the C gap. BTW- Play away, # 2's do not flow past the 'OC' until the play is determined, he has cutback. 2's can flow hard outside but slow read when play is away. You can run simple pursuit drills to teach depth, technique, recognition, flow and cutback.
These are a few things we work on in our defense. I could go on and on. If you want more info you can contact me at
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