Coaching Linebacker Run Fits in the 4-2-5 Defense

You want your Linebackers to play fast. You need them to get downhill on the run, and to get out quickly on the pass. But in order to coach it to your players, you have to understand how to do it yourself.

Having coached in all four major fronts over the last several years, I can say that the easiest place to teach Linebacker reads is in the 4-2-5 Defense. The two Linebacker structure of the 4-2-5 and the 3-4 Defense makes for a much easier, consistent read than in the 4-3 Defense or the 3-3-5 Defense.

The alignment of the backers in the 4-2-5 gives them a clearer picture of the backs in the backfield, without leaving them so vulnerable when facing uncovered linemen in front of them (as in the 3-4 Defense). Clearer vision and better protection means your Linebackers can diagnose the play and get there faster.


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