4-2-5 Defense

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

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What is a 4-2-5 Defense? 42 Back lig me t 1 2 1 3 2 B E T S N M A H RC FS AC .

2 Back = 4-4 Alignment 4- .

What is a 4-2-5 Defense? 41 ack Alignment 2 1 3 2 1 E RC B T S N A M AC FS H .

1 Back = 4-3 Alignment 4- .

& 3-4 with same personnel. Good Blitz Angles Good angles to set the edge! Allows us to run split coverage defense. Allows us to get to a 4-4.Why Play the 4-2-5? 4‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 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. 4-3. 3-3. .

What Personnel is Needed? ‡ If ´Speed WINSµ then Design your defense for Speed = ² Aggressive Corners = Safeties ² Stiff Safeties = LB·s ² Oversized LB·s = Ends ² Oversized Ends = D Tackles ² Biggest D-Lineman = Nose (your anchor) .

Personnel Defined: 1 ack Alignment 2 1 3 2 1 E RC B T S N A M AC FS H .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4ISO ST Direct Flow A A H Fold N M Step to Stack Full Flow T S F E B .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4ISO WK Direct Flow B A H M N S Step to Stack Full Flow T E B Fold F .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4POWE O ST Direct Flow C A H Fold N M Step to Stack Full Flow T S F E B Set Edge .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4OUTSID ZONE Fast Flo A H Fold N M S T E B et dge F .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4SPLIT ONE ST Split Flow A H Hold Fold N M S T E B Split Flow = No Flow Hold your Gap F .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4COUNTER OT STR ounter Flo A H Hold Fold N M S T E B Rock n Roll F .

Run Fits with the 4-2-5 4INSI E ONE 1 Back Flow A M H N S T E B F .

Pass Coverage vs 4-2-5 4‡ Split Coverage vs Full Coverage. SPLIT overage 3 2 1 2 1 E RC B T S N A M AC FS H .

Pass Coverage vs 4-2-5 4‡ Split Coverage vs Trips S LIT Coverage 2 2 1 3 1 E RC B T S N M A AC FS 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 .

Outla Indian ullets T-G Out ullets /O 1 2 E T S M N A E T S N M A .Bullets ‡ LBer Pressure in some way. ‡ End & Attack = Expect QB to try to leave pocket.

Smokes ‡ Edge Blitz 3 T-G Pi c Dbl Smoke 0 2 1 1 2 A AC H M N T S E B RC FS T-G I dia Dbl Lio 0 2 1 3 QB 2 1 B C FS E S T N M A H C .

Short. Right. Left.Dog ‡ 4 off Edge Blitz ± TE. Split. Wide. Tag T-G Army T Dogs B TB QB B E B Gap S T N M A H .

Contact Information Clayt Birmingham University of Wisconsin .edu E-mail ² birminghamc@uwstout.uwstout.Stout Defensive Coordinator www.edu .