Ok, so I'm working on Memorial Day, and the office is slow so I thought I'd try something. Let's see who can come up with the craziest defensive formation, but actually find a way to make it work... or at least sound like it could work Here's my idea: The 5-3 Defense Key components: An elite safety with tremendous speed, agility, and instincts, as well as two CBs strong in one on one coverage. How it works: 5 down linemen, with three DT over the center and guards of the offense. Two DE are set out wide, shading to the outside of the OT. Three DTs two gap, while the DEs rush. Three linebackers are there to shoot the gaps or cover underneath. CBs play man, while the safety plays the deep middle, shading at the beginning of the play towards whatever side of the field has more eligible receivers lined up. The theory would be, get to the QB before the WR can get deep enough to require two deep safeties. The safety would really be the key here, as he would need to be able to cover A LOT of ground in a pinch. Might also be vulnerable to runs between the OG and OT, if the DE are spaced too far outside. Thoughts? Anyone have any ideas of their own for creative defenses?