The 53 defense is a widely used youth football defense. I see the 53 about 4-5 times every season. This youth defense is great because it is balanced with flexibility. You are able to do various things out of the 5-3-3 look.
This defense features a nose guard, two defensive tackles, two defensive ends, middle linebacker, strong side linebacker weak side linebacker, two corners and a free safety. The best thing about this defense is that it strong against all types of offensive attacks. It features 8 players in the box which will allow your defense to shut down the inside running game. Most youth football coaches will put their defensive ends in a 9 tech and have them contain the outside. The 53 has 3 linebackers that are ready to run to the football.
This is a good defense because you can do pretty much anything you want out of it. It is a blitz friendly defense. You can blitz your middle backer, or outside linebackers. You can blitz your outside linebackers through the c-gap- which is a commonly attacked gap in youth football. You can bring double a-gap pressure by blitzing the middle linebacker. Another great tactic is to slant your defensive end in and loop the outside linebackers. This is a great way to attack an off tackle or sweep play.
The youth football 53 defense is also great in pass coverage. Both man to man and zone coverage is easy to implement with this defense. It will also allow you to hide some of your minimum play players (MPP). You can put them in at nose guard to get their plays done. Putting a MPP in at nose guard will not hurt your team as much. The only problem with that will be if the offense you are playing runs wedge or inside traps. Wedge is a tough play to stop, regardless how good the players you got in are.
The 53 defense is a great defense for youth football. It has a high success rate and it is easy to implement. Remember, getting off blocks and tackling are vital. Block destruction and solid tackling is the staple mark of any defense, regardless what defense they run. The fundamentals of youth football defense are what solid defense is about.