4-2-5 Cover 2, Cover 5, and Quarters Combo

by Ricky Coon


  • Install a coverage system that makes your defense versatile and difficult to scheme against
  • Execute 4-2-5 quarters coverage to combat any routes you face
  • Implement a "double quarterback" system with a free safety and weak safety making calls based on offensive alignments
  • Learn how to mix man and zone coverages together to confuse the offense

With the spread offense taking over high school and collegiate football, coaches need to implement a defensive look that will not only adapt to the traditional pro style offense or Wing-T system, but one that can easily adjust to the spread offense as well.

Ricky Coon introduces three coverages within the 4-2-5 defensive scheme. The coverages utilized by Coach Coon are mainly zone coverage. Based upon the offensive look, each coverage can adapt and take away a team's strengths in the passing game, and specifically in the all-important third down passing situation.

Coverage Systems

Showing basic formations and receiver alignments, Coach Coon breaks down each coverage. Systems include:

  • Blue (Quarters)
  • Cover 2 (Robber)
  • C
  • over 5 (Squat & Halves)

Coach Coon runs through each system with their particular adjustments, alignments and keys. Each call is discussed in detail and game footage is shown, giving you a visual of why the calls are needed in the coverage system.

Blue is shown versus Twins, Trips, Trey, Pro Twins and Double Pro offensive sets. A simple change of strength adjustment to motion by the offense is also covered. You'll see Coach Coon's "Bronco" call for the weak side safety, as well as his "Sky" adjustment for putting eight in the box versus a two back offense.

"Solo" is used against all trips formations, and when a team has an elite receiver on the weak side on trips formations, "Special" is called to give the corner some help.

Coach Coon explains how Cover 2 and Cover 5 fit into the system and complete the zone coverage package for the 4-2-5 defense.

Coach Coon expands on the 4-2-5 by showing how simple the multiple coverage system can be. It allows your players to play fast and free in order to reduce mistakes on the field.


The Coach


Ricky Coon

Southeast Missouri State University Assistant Coach/Defensive Line


An Arena Football veteran, Ricky Coon is quickly making an impact in the coaching profession. Prior to coming to Southeast Missouri State, Coon served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ellsworth Community College, where 18 of his players received all-conference recognition and three were named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans. He helped lead the Panthers to the 2009 NJCAA Region XI Championships, two Midwest Football Conference Playoff titles and two NJCAA bowl game appearances. In 2009, Coon's defensive unit set a school record for fewest yards allowed in a bowl game. He also served as defensive coordinator at Highland Community College, where his defensive units finished in the Top 20 in the NJCAA in each of his two seasons.

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Caterory: Football/Team Defense
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