Stop the Run with the 50 Defense

Is your team having trouble stopping the run? If you’re running an Odd Front and you need a way to get the defense off the field, maybe you should take a look at this.

We’re all running odd fronts now. Even if we’re a 4-3 or 4-2-5 team, we probably have some sort of defend-the-pass, 2 minute defense where we’ve only got 3 guys with their hand in the dirt. But if you Even Front guys go to a 30 Front to stop the pass, why don’t you go to a 50 Front to stop the run?

Base 52 Defense

Alignment of 50 Defense

That’s right, I’m talking about bringing back the 5-2 Defense. Truthfully, it never left, it just became the 3-4 Defense. And it should have, you’re going to have a tough time against a Spread Offense using the old 5-2.

But when we need to stop the run, this is a good way to do it.You need a beefy Nose Guard to get up under the Center’s pads. He’s got to be a bad dude and control play side A-Gap. This is probably the hardest part of running this defense.


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