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" is perfect for you.




  • Introduction to the 4-2-5 defense
  • Philosophy
  • Identifying the Offense
  • Numbers and Tendencies
  • Teaching Football in the 21st Century
  • Personnel of the 4-2-5 Defense
  • Setting the front
  • Base Coverage
  • Motion Advancements 
  • Defensive Line Stunts
  • Zone Pressures and Coverages
  • Man Pressures and Coverages
  • Goal Line and Short Yardage
  • Pass Downs and Personnel Changes
  • Defending the Option
  • Sideline Communication

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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.