Why is a 4-2-5 defense named as such?


For the defense, there are three zones: the line (ends and tackles), behind the line (linebackers) and the backfield (cornerbacks and safetys.) The x-y-z defenese refers to the number of men on the line, linebackers and backfield respectively, that is 4-2-5.

The confusion arises from the fact that the "3-4" defense is really the 3-4-(4), and likewise the "4-3" is really the 4-3-(4).That is to say the the "4" is omitted in the above defensive descriptions because that is a normal number of backfielders.

The 4-2-5 is written out as such because 5 is an unusual number of backfielders. This formation is used in college football against a "passing" team, and in "pro" football in "sure" (e.g. third and long) passing situations. The defense is saying that they don't mind giving up say, a five yard run in order to stop the pass.

There were a bunch of older formations, such as the 6-2-3, or the 5-3-3, until these line-oriented defenses got beaten by passes. The only...

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Developing a Base 4-2-5 Multiple Defense is a comprehensive resource for coaches who want to employ the 4-2-5 defensive defense as a platform from which their teams can easily transition to other schemes. In that regard, the DVD explains how teams can transition from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3-2, 3-4-4, or an odd stack, as well as reviews the advantages of using the 4-2-5 as a defensive base. The DVD also discusses the innovative A4 defensive teaching process that coaches can use to implement this scheme.

Among the topics covered:
Why the 4-2-5?
Understand responsibility
The A4 defensive teaching process

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The following is a list of common and historically significant formations in American football. In football, the formation describes how the players in a team are positioned on the field. Many variations are possible on both sides of the ball, depending on the strategy being employed. On offense, the formation must include at least seven players on the line of scrimmage and a center to start the play by snapping the ball. There are no restrictions on the arrangement of defensive players.

Offensive formations[edit]

This list is not exhaustive; there are hundreds of different ways to organize a team's players while still remaining within the "7 on the line 4 in the backfield" convention. Still, this list of formations covers enough of the basics that almost every formation can be considered a variant of the ones listed below.

T formation[edit]

The T-formation, one of the most basic formations in football

The T formation is the precursor to...

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By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs

“I love what you’re doing at X&O Labs. I’m all for it. I love the research you’re getting out, it’s all very good stuff.”
Chris Ash,
Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State University

This is the largest, most in-depth study ever conducted on the 4-2-5 defense.

This study took over six-months to compile the research data, conduct interviews with coaches like Bud Foster and watch hundreds-of-hours of game film from schools like Virginia Tech, James Madison and some of the top high school programs in the country. What we found in our research was nothing short of powerful. Our research identified new, emerging trends in the 4-2-5 defense – and our re-examination of the established concepts of this defense identified the best teaching methods, strategies and drills.

This is no small study. It totals over 23,000 words and includes 116 diagrams and 28 videos (featuring game film and drills)....

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I’m amazed at the amount of bad information I’ve read on the 4-2-5 Defense.The Internet is a wonderful thing, but it’s a shame so many misinformed people want to spread their opinions on it sometimes.

There are four major mistakes coaches make when they examine the 4-2-5 Defense, and we’ll take a look at them here.

The 4-2-5 is a Spread Defense

First of all, the idea that this is some sort of fancy “Pass Defense” package is absolutely ridiculous. The 4-2-5 Defense did not get its start when teams started running the Spread Offense. The 4-2-5 Defense started over 40 years ago when teams went away from the T Offense, and Coaches started using the 4-4 Defense.

That’s right. The 4-4 Defense is the same thing as the 4-2-5 Defense! Honestly, take a closer look. Educate yourself on both. Tell me that there’s any major difference other than what we call the Outside Linebackers.

You can easily adapt the 4-2-5 Defense to defend any variety of offenses, from...

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I love running balls. I love to see stats pile up. It opens up play action and everything else, and takes pressure off of my QB and my play calling. Just to give you a tidbit of how I did running, here is a game I called the other day as Ole Miss playing vs. NC

rushing for Ole Miss:
RB1 - 16 rushes for 92 yards
RB2 - 16 rush for 82 yards and 2 TD
RB3 - 10 rush for 50 yards
RB4- 14 rush for 50 yards
FB1 - 4 rush for 40 yards
FB2 - 2 rush for 12 yards

the 1, 2, etc. after name is just the order I put them in, not saying one is better than the other.

I called this game myself on offense and defense.

I've noticed people say how hard it is to run the ball. It's not (unless you are a crap team playing a great one, and even then you should be able to get some in, it's happened to me, I am ranked #2 or 3 and playing Hawaii or somebody and they run on me). Usually it's a combination of not paying attention...

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By Gary Patterson • Head Coach • Texas Christian University (TCU)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Gary Patterson was defensive coordinator at New Mexico, his team ran a 4-2-5 defense. In the following article, Patterson describes why they ran this defense at New Mexico. To hear more from Patterson, attend the General Session on Tuesday at 4:10 pm in KICC Exhibit Halls 1AB.

In this day and age of college football, offenses have become very explosive and complex in the number of formations and plays used in a game. To combat this problem, defenses must have enough flexibility in their scheme to limit offenses in their play selection, but be simple enough to be good at what they do. During a game we must look like we do a lot, but only do enough to take away what offenses do best. This leads me to our philosophy of, “Multiplicity but simplicity.”

With every good idea, there has to be a sense of purpose to stand behind it. The purpose behind the 4-2 front, 5-spoke secondary is...

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The 4-2-5 Defense is one of the most popular defenses today at all levels of football. There are two reasons for its popularity. The 4-2-5 Defense is simple for players to grasp. You can install a complete Defensive package in a matter of just a few days. Second, the 4-2-5 is incredible versatile. It can be easily adapted to face any Offensive attack. While there are more glamorous defensive schemes out there, none can match the ease of installation and the endless adaptability of the 4-2-5 Defense.

4 Myths of the 4-2-5 Defense

We are going to take a look at how to align the base defense with a simple coverage package, that will let you have your defense up and running in less than an hour. But first, let's take a look at some of the myths of the 4-2-5 Defense.

1. The 4-2-5 Defense gets speed on the field. Because you have only two Linebackers, you have only two players who have to take on blocks from the Offensive Line or isolation...

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This is the first post in a series about Basics of the 4-2-5 Defense. Let me start with two disclaimers.

I am going to try to use generic terminology when discussing the 4-2-5. There is no universal terminology in football. This series of posts is not comprehensive. The terms, concepts, and schemes I am writing about will not cover every 4-2-5 scheme being run everywhere.
So here we go. The 4-2-5 provides the platform to be multiple. 4-2-5 schemes have roots in 4-4, 4-3, and Nickel defenses. Combining elements from each scheme is what gives the 4-2-5 its versatility.

Drawing on the scheme’s nickel roots gives 4-2-5 teams the ability to run a divorced front concept. The idea is the front 6 align based on front alignment rules.

The DB’s align based on secondary alignment rules. Because the front and defensive backs have independent alignment rules the front is “divorced” from the secondary. Looking at setting the front 6 defenders, there are a number of...
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This page answers some of the often asked questions about Jinja.

Why is it called Jinja?

The name Jinja was chosen because it’s the name of a Japanese temple and temple and template share a similar pronunciation. It is not named after the city in Uganda.

How fast is it?

We really hate benchmarks especially since they don’t reflect much. The performance of a template depends on many factors and you would have to benchmark different engines in different situations. The benchmarks from the testsuite show that Jinja2 has a similar performance to Mako and is between 10 and 20 times faster than Django’s template engine or Genshi. These numbers should be taken with tons of salt as the benchmarks that took these numbers only test a few performance related situations such as looping. Generally speaking the performance of a template engine doesn’t matter much as the usual bottleneck in a web application is either the database or the application code.

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Whether you already have "mad game" or if you are new to football video games Football, the X’s O’s Filmroom will give you the strategies and tips you need to take your game to the next level.

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In American football, the 4–4 defense is a defensive alignment consisting of four down linemen and four linebackers.

Originally seen as a passing defense against the spread, modern versions of the 4-4 are attacking defenses stocked with multiple blitz packages that can easily be concealed and altered.[1][2] The modern defense is based on speed, athleticism and intelligence rather than on size and strength. Versatility is key because players may have to change roles from one play to the next. A top priority of the 4–4 defense is stopping the run by keeping eight men close to the line of scrimmage. This also makes it difficult for the offense to identify where the pressure comes from when the defense blitzes.

4-4 front, Virginia Tech defense, G front.


Four man fronts are seen in the 1940s as ad hoc ways to deal with the "Bears" T, as the result of two linemen dropping off from the 6-2 of the time into short zones, and later as a...

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In American football, a 4–3 defense is a defensive alignment consisting of four down linemen and three linebackers. It is probably the most commonly used defense in modern American football and especially in the National Football League.[citation needed]


The Giants employed a 6-1-4 basic formation when they shut out the Browns in 1950, but on many plays this became a 4-1-6 in reality, when the ball was snapped, because the ends dropped off the line to afford extraordinary coverage on passes, Steve Owen, My Kind of Football, 1952, p. 183

Early in the history of the NFL, teams stacked the defensive line of scrimmage with seven linemen, typically using a 7-diamond or the 7-2.[1] With the liberalization of the forward passing rules in 1933, the defenses began to evolve along with the offensive changes, and by the later 1930s, the standard defense in the NFL and college was the 6-2.[2][3] The successes of the T formation and the introduction of...

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Reflection is one of the great marvels of modern programming environments. Being able to store meta data about our code, and retrieve it at run time, opens up a world of possibilities. Many developers and software designers have embraced reflection and sing its praises, but reflection is not without its critics.

Here we will explore some of the criticism of reflection, debunk some of the myths around its usage, and explore the benefits through some practical applications.

There are various complaints and cautionary warnings against using reflection. Some of these are valid risks that we need to be aware of; others are wild tales based on early-adopters not understanding what they were using. Some are valid only in certain circumstances, or valid in all but special cases. Here we will explore some of these complaints. You should always be wary of a technology that is new or not well understood, but do not let that stand in the way of making appropriate use of...

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Posted 5/29 by Jene Bramel, Exclusive for Footballguys.com

It's said that defense wins championships. But it's offense that drives television ratings and merchandise sales. Television broadcasts focus on the path of the football rather than showing an entire play unfold. More often than not, it's the quarterback and his skill position players that attract the attention of most football fans. Football phrases like "seven step drop" and "pulling guard" and "West Coast offense" are easily recognizable terms for even the most casual of football fans. Meanwhile, the unrecognized beauty of the 11 man defense of professional football, the ultimate team sport in many respects, remains the ugly stepsister to its offensive counterpart.

But it shouldn't be.

Defensive football is every bit as exciting and interesting as offensive football. Some of the greatest (and most eccentric) minds to walk an NFL sideline got their start as defensive innovators. Greasy...

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Defense has been consistently upgraded and reworked in recent years of Madden NFL. It's no longer the after-thought it once was, and in Madden NFL 16, it's been upgraded enough that it's unlikely you'll see too many high-scoring games on default settings.

Defense is certainly important, but it is still the more difficult side of the ball. Remember that the offense sets the pace: anything the defense does is reactionary, which puts it at an automatic disadvantage. Luckily, there are tools to help you in the game, and there is at least one defensive play in every playbook to counter any given offensive play. Given that most human players and even the AI are fairly predictable in how they call plays, you will develop certain patterns and habits based on who you're facing.

As in the Offense page of the wiki, this page should not be treated as a full treatise on the sport. It will however explain the positions and some defensive theories as to how they apply to the game...

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