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4-2-5 Defense

Clayt Birmingham University of Wisconsin Stout Defensive Coordinator USA National Team Linebackers Coach

Gaps & Techniques
Gap Responsibility Defined

D C B A A B C D
Lineman Techniques of Alignment

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What is a 4-2-5 Defense?
2 Back Alignment
1 2 1 3 2

B RC

E

T S

N M

A

H AC

FS

2 Back = 4-4 Alignment

What is a 4-2-5 Defense?
1 Back Alignment
2 1 3 2 1

E RC B

T S

N

A M AC

FS

H

1 Back = 4-3 Alignment

Why Play the 4-2-5?
• • • • • • • • Nickel Defense = Fast & Aggressive Cross between a 4-4 and a 4-3 Easy adjustment to Formations / Personnel Gap Controlled Defense with easy defined run fits. Good Blitz Angles Good angles to set the edge! Allows us to run split coverage defense. Allows us to get to a 4-4, 4-3, 3-3, & 3-4 with same personnel.

What Personnel is Needed?
• If “Speed WINS” then Design your defense for Speed =
– Aggressive Corners = Safeties – Stiff Safeties = LB’s – Oversized LB’s = Ends – Oversized Ends = D Tackles – Biggest D-Lineman = Nose (your anchor)

Personnel Defined:
1 Back Alignment
2 1 3 2 1

E RC B

T S

N

A M AC

FS

H

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
ISO STR Direct Flow A

A
Fold

H

N M
Step to Stack Full Flow

T S F

E B

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
ISO WK Direct Flow B

A H M

N
Step to Stack Full Flow

T S

E
Fold

B

F

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
POWER O STR Direct Flow C

A
Fold

H

N
Step to Stack Full Flow

T S F

E
Set Edge

M

B

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
OUTSIDE ZONE Fast Flow D

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Fold

H

N M S

T

E B
Set Edge

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Run Fits with the 4-2-5
SPLIT ZONE STR Split Flow

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Hold Fold

N M S

T

E B

Split Flow = No Flow Hold your Gap F

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
COUNTER OT STR Counter Flow

A H
Hold Fold

N M S
Rock n Roll

T

E B

F

Run Fits with the 4-2-5
INSIDE ZONE 1 Back Flow

A M H

N S

T

E

B

F

Pass Coverage vs 4-2-5
• Split Coverage vs Full Coverage.
SPLIT Coverage
3 2 1 2 1

E RC B

T S

N

A M AC

FS

H

Pass Coverage vs 4-2-5
• Split Coverage vs Trips
SPLIT Coverage
2 2 1 3 1

E RC B FS

T S

N M

A

AC

H

ZONE

MAN

Develop Blitz Concepts
• 6 Man Pressure Package
– Bullets – Both inside LB’s Blitz (Sam / Mike) – Smokes – Double Edge Blitz (Baron / Hornet) – Dogs – 4 off Edge Blitz (LB / Safety)

• 5 Man Pressure Package
– Zone Blitz – Field and Boundary Blitzes – Pressure 5 – Cover 1

Bullets
• LBer Pressure in some way. • End & Attack = Expect QB to try to leave pocket.
Outlaw Indian Bullets B
T-G Out Bullets A/O 1 2

E

T S M

N

A

E

T S

N M

A

Smokes
• Edge Blitz
T-G Pinch Dbl Smoke 0
3 2 1 1 2

AC

H

A M

N

T S

E

B

RC

FS

T-G Indian Dbl Lion 0
2 1

3

QB

2

1

B C FS

E S

T

N M

A

H C

Dog
• 4 off Edge Blitz
– TE, Split, Wide, Short, Left, Right, Tag T-G Army T Dogs B
TB QB

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N M

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Contact Information
Clayt Birmingham
University of Wisconsin - Stout Defensive Coordinator www.uwstout.edu
E-mail – birminghamc@uwstout.edu

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