We faced a lot of 5-3 defenses this year. Have any of you had success getting to the outside of a 5-3 defense on a sweep? The defenses we faced had Stud DE's, and we had a hard time getting around them, plus they have an OLB and Corner on that side also. Any suggestions?
I think we are going to need a little more information.
1) what formation(s) on offense are we talking about 2) How is the defense aligned to those formations 3) I assume it is a toss sweep and not a power hand off sweep
Now most 5-3 I know line up with Nose on center DT on OT DE in stand up postion on outside eye or so of down TE MLB stack behind Nose OLB either over Guards or stacked behind DT Corners to each side playing 7 and 3 alignment (7 off and 3 outside TE) Safety 10 yards off over center
Use a tight trips formation (TE takes nasty split with a back outside and a back between the the TE and T)
Now you have a back in the back field and trips bunch to a side. If they do not adjust you have th enumbers and angles. If they do adjust then you have a quick dive. It also opens up the TE opposite bunch.
Whenever a defense loads up on us to keep us from running outside effectively on a Toss or Sweep, we usually have success running 46/47 Power with our TE blocking down inside and having our FB kick out the EMLOS. Although we did not technically run a stretch play this year, a toss or sweep out of a pro set can work well if you have a back with the ability to cut back and find creases. One advantage to a stretch is that you don't need a vertical push up front for it to be successful, although you will need your TE to be able to get a stalemate for you and you do need your kids up front to maintain their blocks which is not always easy to accomplish.
One other concept we enjoyed a great deal of success with is to run the sweep out of the gun which always allows your QB to make a backside read on the DE to that side. If your QB is a good athlete you can really make life difficult on aggressive defenders which we all know are common at the youth level.
Thanks for your participation on the board throughout the season Tim and best of luck in the future.
Dave Hartman CYFL Coach
"It's not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."