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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Using Man Coverage with the 5-3 Defense

These past two seasons have taught me a lot about being a head football coach. In order to be a good HFC you must hire a great staff that constantly pushes your players towards excellence. I have been fortunate to hire great coordinators that hold themselves and the players to a high standard. High school is different from college in that we cannot recruit players to fit our scheme. We must fit our scheme to our players and be able to defend all of the different offenses you will see during a season (Wing - T, Pro, Spread). We have a couple different packages in our defense but our 5-3 package has been effective in getting max numbers against the run. It is risky versus the pass, but that is a risk you have to be willing to take from time to time.

In our 5-3 package we still use two safeties, but one rocks down into the box versus 11, 20, 21, 30 and 31 personnel. Versus 10 personnel we have a 5-2 box with our two safeties in coverage on the #2 or #3 wide receivers. Below are pictures of this package versus various formations:


The advantage of using man coverage is that you can be very creative with your line movements and blitzes. We use a nose / tackle twist and a tackle / end twist as well as blitzing the linebackers in the A, B, C and D gaps. The nose and tackle are spill players and our ends are force / BCR. If a tackle loops to the edge, he now becomes force / BCR and the end becomes a spill player.

When we are in man coverage, we will run with any motion. The coaching point is to beat the guy in motion across the formation so you have leverage on the arrow route and jet sweep. We play press and off depending on the opponent / down and distance. We try to keep it as simple as possible so our guys can play FAST!!! Here are some cut - ups of our 5-3 defense:

Thank you for reading and GOD BLESS!!


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