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April 2010

April 2010


Zone Coverages For the 4-2-5 Defense

by: Eric Handke
Defensive Coordinator Montrose High School (CO)
© April 2010

Until recently, we had always been a 4-4 defense. With the arrival of various types of spread offenses and playing very different offenses week after week, we found that we needed to be more flexible to defend all of the different looks. We didnít want to change our philosophy nor our 4-4 rules or principles too drastically. So, instead of switching to a 4-3 we decided to implement the 4-2-5. We found that we couldnít just run Cover 3 or man-free anymore. We just didnít have the athletes at every spot to man-up every play and we couldnít just sit in Cover 3 all the time. We had to vary our looks by providing different zone looks as well.

Role of the Safeties/OLBs

Before talking about the different coverages, I want to talk about the position group that makes this defense work. That would be our OLBs who we cal....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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