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March 2012

March 2012


Adapting Your D – Adjust Your 4-2-5 to deal with the special formations you will see.

by: Frank DiCocco
Assistant Coach and Player Development Director, Stillman College
© March 2012

The 4-2-5 defensive scheme provides an effective approach to defending and attacking the various styles of offense currently found in today’s game. Due to its versatility and personnel capabilities, the 4-2-5 also offers a number of simple ways to adjust to a variety of formations. Here are a series of basic, yet effective, adjustments that can be made when facing special offensive formations, such as trips, tight end trips, double tight end, and heavy backfield sets.

Adjustments vs. the Trips and TE-Trips Formations

The trips formation has become a staple of today’s spread offenses. Whether it is a true receiver alignment, or a tight end based alignment, the trips formation requires special attention in order to address and defend its many capabilities. With its built-in versatility in the defensive secondary, the 4-2-5 ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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