Swarming 53 Defense Playbook

(3 customer reviews)



  • Playbooks are downloaded instantly. No shipping, no wait!
  • Defensive Philosophy- “Swarm to the Football”.
  • Five fundamentals of defense-tackling, block destruction, pursuit, and creating turnovers.
  • Position and gap overview.
  • Player positioning.
  • Position responsibilities.
  • Alignments- vs. unbalanced, spread, and balanced formations.
  • Pass Coverage.
  • “40” Call.
  • Play calling, where and when to blitz.
  • Blitzes and stunts.
  • Goal line.
  • Prevent.
  • FREE I-Option Playbook (PDF)  included with purchase (115 pages)!

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Swarming 53 Defense Playbook Overview

Are you tired of power offenses getting 5 yards a clip on an off tackle/ power play? This D has blitzes designed to shut down those smash mouth football teams. You will hear that saying “smash mouth offense”, consider the Swarming 53 defense playbook a smash mouth defense!

Once the playbook is purchased, click the link under Order Details (on checkout page) to download the PDF playbook instantly. 

 The 5-3 is easy to implement and can be used at any age level in youth football. This youth football defense puts 8 players in the box to contain the run. Included in this PDF playbook is a lights out blitzing scheme. Blitzes and stunts are broken down in great detail. There are blitzes to shut down inside and outside attacking plays. 


Swarming 53 Defense Playbook
Sample Play


The 53 defense playbook uses a zone pass coverage scheme. This defense uses cover 3 zone coverage.  This defense takes away the flats and deep 3rds of the field.  It allows your defenders to keep the receivers in front of them, which will eliminate the “big play”. Man to man coverage can be easily implemented as well. The terminology is very simple, which allows coaches to easily communicate the call their players. In youth football simplicity is key!  

The best thing about this defense is that it can be implemented within one week. This 53 defense playbook uses simple terminology.  It is a very diverse defense; it offers blitzes and adjustments for every situation.  This defensive playbook prides itself on swarming to the ball carrier, tackling well, gap control, and not giving up that big play. Want a simple defense that can smother your opponents? Then the 53 defense is your preferred choice.

3 reviews for Swarming 53 Defense Playbook

  1. Angelo Rascon

    Thank you Coach Jeff! I installed the 5-3-3 defense this week and my defense looks awesome! Thanks for all the details you’ve added, it’s makes everything easier.

  2. coach Chris

    Great playbook, very easy to install.

  3. Coach

    Couple good blitzes, comprehensive playbook.

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