Guest Football Coaching Blog Post
This is a guest blog post on the X’s and O’s of football by Coach Zach Davis,defensive coordinator at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in Georgia. You can follow him on his Twitter Handle, zachdavis24
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In the world of small, private schools there is a need to maximize your players’ ability and the abilities of your coaches. At Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia, we found the 4-2-5 has been the perfect fit for our program because it allows us to do that.
We are a school of approximately 400 students in the high school, with 72 of them playing football for the Chargers. It is a blessing to have that many students come out for football, but it presents some challenges considering we only have 6 football coaches on staff, and only two of the six are full time defensive coaches. Therefore, we need to use a defense that is sound, simple and easy to teach to inexperienced coaches.
Basics of our 4-2-5 Defense
This season, we decided to go to the 4-2-5 defense with cover 3 as our base coverage and cover 1 as a change-up. The 4-2-5 defense allowed us to break our players into three position groups instead of four and playing cover 3 limits the amount of checks we have to make to different formations and shifts. We keep our scheme simple so we can coach the fundamentals on a daily basis, even as we progress through the season. Our players know how to react to every formation, scheme and personnel grouping because we have repp’d everything an opponent can throw at us on a Friday night. Continue reading