Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense

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Robert A. Everett Jr.
161 pages

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.

What's inside:

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
  Bridgewater College

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.
 -Joe Ross
  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.
 -Jon Shields
  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.
 -George Veras
  Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  • 5

    Posted by t. harris on Jun 13th 2019

    This book will help me for years to come. This is a great tool to have, rather you are a offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator.

  • 5
    Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense

    Posted by John Rose on Feb 4th 2019

    Well written and thorough analysis about the trend in defensive football.

  • 5
    Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense

    Posted by Hugh Wyatt on Jan 8th 2019

    Coach Everett knows his subject and has proved its effectiveness in helping win a Virginia state title. I have worked with him on an unrelated project and I know what a student of the game he is. This book is thorough and detailed and it's a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about defense in general and the 4-2-5 in particular. He has used generic terms wherever possible to make it easier for coaches to adapt any or all of his system to theirs. It's a great addition to my library and I highly recommend it to other coaches.

  • 4
    Coaching the 4-2-5 Defense

    Posted by Tony Bowman on Aug 21st 2018

    The sport of football has changed forever from ‘Three yards and a cloud of dust,’ to ‘Basketball on grass’ and the 4-2-5 is the growing answer. Coach Evertt brings serious focus on one of the best ways to operate the 4-2-5. Chapter 5 (Teaching Football in the 21st Century) alone was worth the purchase price and brings a forward looking thought process into the newest methods of gaining student-athletes “reps” while conserving their physical bodies. Using the Flipped Classroom allows football coaches to parallel and benefit from emerging classroom practices to save time while enhancing student-athlete retention. Coach Evertt speaks the language to today’s student-athlete and any coach can gain valuable insights into this defense a cutting edge training methods.