The 3-3 Stack has long been criticized, wrongly so, for being weak against the run. The truth is, you should never be using a 3 man front on a run down. Instead, you want to create 4 and 5 man fronts using a variety of well planned blitzes.
Most teams are in the 3-3-5 Defense because you have to defend the spread offense, so you need more speed on the field. And if you are defending the spread offense very often, then you have to stop the Zone Read.So let’s take a look at 3 blitzes that should be on your call sheet when the opponent tendencies signal you that the Zone Read is coming.
What the Offense Looks For
You need to have a grasp of what the offensive coordinator looks for. First of all, you have the advantage because 90% of coaches start the season looking at their Zone Read against an Even Front. Off the bat, especially early in the season, your 3-3 defense can present some unique challenges.They expect to run at the 3 technique, meaning they want the strength to be opposite the back. This puts the bubble tight, in the A Gap, and the cut back in the weak B gap.
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