In order to be successful on defense you must have a plan. This book will outline the core components of a 4-2-5 defensive plan. While every defensive scheme has its plusses and minuses, the 4-2-5 defense is one of the most popular, because it is multiple in scheme, balanced in look, and flexible to personnel. It can fit nine players in the box to stop the run or drop eight players versus an empty set, all without changing personnel. The 4-2-5 gives coaches the chance to pressure creatively, while being simple in coverage on the backend.
This book provides a detailed look at the underlying philosophy and the steps involved in implementing the modern 4-2-5 defense. The book demonstrates why the 4-2-5 is one of the most productive defensive schemes in football today. While defensive football is often considered reactive, the inherent flexibility of the 4-2-5 enables the defense to match up to the variety of offenses that a team may face, as well as dictate pre- and post-snap reads to the offense.
If you're learning the 4-2-5 or want to pick up some tips for your existing program Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense, by Robert A. Everett Jr., is perfect for you.
Chapter 1: Introduction to the 4-2-5 defense
Chapter 2: Philosophy
Chapter 3: Identifying the Offense
Chapter 4: Numbers and Tendencies
Chapter 5: Teaching Football in the 21st Century
Chapter 6: Personnel of the 4-2-5 Defense
Chapter 7: Setting the front
Chapter 8: Base Coverage
Chapter 9: Motion Advancements
Chapter 10: Defensive Line Stunts
Chapter 11: Zone Pressures and Coverages
Chapter 12: Man Pressures and Coverages
Chapter 13: Goal Line and Short Yardage
Chapter 14: Pass Downs and Personnel Changes
Chapter 15: Defending the Option
Chapter 16: Sideline Communication
What coaches are saying:
I have been a college football coach for 39 years and will be starting my 24th season as the head coach at Bridgewater College. As a fourth quarter guy, I try to surround myself with first quarter people. Rob Everett brings updated football thinking in both his philosophy and teaching techniques. He is one of the bright young coaches in this game who speaks the language of the next generation of learners.
-Michael Clark Head Football Coach
Changing football forever with the modem 4-2-5 defense! Coach Rob Everett tirelessly prepares his players by using every technology of his disposal. By creating realistic drills in GoArmy Edge Football App and using video, statistics, and virtual reality headsets, Cooch Everett brings the football field to the classroom, optimizing performance, time, and safety! Rob is one of the most advanced, creative young coaches in football today at any level and Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense is a must read.
Former Army Football Special Teams and Fullback Coach Certified Consultant, Applied Sport Psychology
Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense brings to life the way defenses should operate. I had the pleasure of working with Coach Rob Everett for five years of Westfield High School. I have coached of the collegiate and high school level for 25 years and he is as good as anyone I have ever worked with. He has an innate ability to dissect an offense after one series. His clear and concise instructions help everyone adjust and execute his plan. To put it simply, he is the best of the best. He transformed the way we played defense at Westfield and he only gets better.
Defensive Coordinator Westfield High School (VA)
6A Virginia State Champions (2015, 2016, 2017)
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's mission is to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its values, and celebrate excellence everywhere. Coach Rob Everett is a Hall of Fame coach, who has dedicated his life to this mission in coaching at every level. The Hall has worked closely with Rob in using the latest techniques and technology to make the great game of football safer and more accessible at every level. We are proud to have Rob on our team and encourage you to read Coaching the 4 2-5 Defense.
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer Pro Football Hall of Fame