Youth Football 5-3 Bear Strong Up The Middle
By FirstDown PlayBook on Jul 14, 2019

If you are looking for a way to be strong up the middle with your youth football defense then FirstDown PlayBook’s 5-3 Bear might be for you. Your personnel needs t o play a part in this decision though. If you have a dominant defensive linemen to play the nose position this is a good start.

If you do not have this dominant player, you can still play this defense but you may want to make it  practice of slanting or angling your nose on the snap. The great thing about this defense is that you are strong in both B gaps with your two 3 techniques.

The base version of the 5-3 Bear can be a little weak in the strong side C gap and a lot of coaches will walk the strong side linebacker up in the C gap and play man coverage on the tight end. Another way to combat this weakness is to bring pressure off of the strong side (see the defense diagram below).

If you click on the play below we will take you to a very popular video that explains your 5-3 Bear youth football defense and why you might want to consider it this season!

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