4-2-5 Defensive Culture, Tackling & Takeaways

by Ricky Coon


  • Put more defenders in the box and more speed on the field
  • See a "959" defensive system that gets 9 players within 5 yards of the football, 90% of the time
  • Create turnovers and improve tackling using takeaway and tackle circuit training
  • Discover a simple scheme that players can learn fast and play fast

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.

Every coach is looking for simplicity in a defensive package. Ricky Coon points out how the 4-2-5 defense can be just that - simple enough for coaches to teach and for players to learn and play fast! He will show you why the 4-2-5 is a system that can adapt to any offensive scheme and quickly take away its strengths.

4-2-5 Overview

Why use the 4-2-5 defense? Coach Coon describes it as a "plus 1" defense, meaning you can put one more defender in the box than the offense can block. Coach Coon points out the 4-2-5 is a system-based defense that allows you to alter your system to face whatever offense you see. This prevents the need for changing your defense from week to week.

4-2-5 Philosophy

A couple of of the biggest goals that can be obtained in the 4-2-5 are limiting big plays and allowing you to succeed on third down. Coach Coon details his philosophy, which has three parts: run to the football, be physical and tackling/takeaways.

Turnover and Tackling Circuit Training

Discover a circuit training routine that focuses on tackling and creating turnovers. Using practice video, Coach Coon takes you through his circuit drill package and discusses each drill in detail to improve tackling and increase turnovers. By selecting four drills a day and rotating drills from day to day, you will see a drill sequence that develops the objectives of the defense, and is efficient in getting a lot of work done in a short period of time.

Position Characteristics

Coach Coon breaks down each position and the characteristics he wants in players at those positions. You'll get an idea of how to organize your players in a manner that will make the defense effective. Coach Coon discusses the basics of the defense by describing each position and how to use a ""two quarterback"" safety system that make calls for each side of the field.

Implement a simple defensive system that has answers against any offense you will see using Coach Coon's 4-2-5 defense!


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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