A couple of months ago, I sent out a request to Football-Defense.com subscribers to fill out a short survey. Over 100 coaches responded and we got a nice snap shot of what the readers here are doing with their defenses.
One of the aspects of the survey I took some time looking at was why teams ran the defense they do. For starters, the breakdown of what defensive front our coaches are running, out of 102 responses:
|What base defense will your team be using for the 2011 season?|
Not surprisingly, most readers are basing out of an even front, either a 4-2-5 or a 4-3 Defense. Most of my posts lean that way, so it makes sense. About 65% of readers are in an even front, and roughly 30-35% of readers are in an odd front base.
The majority of the “Other” defensive fronts were 5-3. However, one response was the 2-4-5 Defense. Whoever runs the 2-4-5, please let me know! There was a lot of description in the survey but I would really like to know more.For each type of defense, there were one or two predominant reasons that coaches chose to run it. Whether it was to fit their personnel, fit their opponents, or fit their style, each defense certainly has its own reasons.
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