4-2-5 Run Fits and Stunts

by Ricky Coon


  • Set up a multiple 4-2-5 defensive front to match up against and defeat any offensive formation
  • Discover defensive line stunts for containing the QB, slowing the perimeter screen game, stuffing the run and more
  • Put a read element into your tackle twist game
  • Teach your players to align in different fronts and put your defense in a great position for success

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.

Because the front six are not directly connected with the back five, coaches of the 4-2-5 defense can present various fronts to dictate the offensive scheme, rather than the offense dictating the defensive scheme. Ricky Coon breaks down the 4-2-5 defensive fronts that can adapt to any offensive system and quickly take away its strengths.

Defensive Fronts in the 4-2-5

The 4-2-5 defensive fronts show the plus 1 mentality in order to place as many men in the box as needed, based on the offensive scheme. Coach Coon explains alignments and adjustments, along with the major keys of each position, for the following fronts:

  • Tite (G) - Base front in the 4-2-5.
  • Tite Head- Adjusts weak side end to head up technique: Power and Zone Power Scheme.
  • Split (G) - Adjusts 3 technique to the formation strength.
  • Field (G) - Adjusts 3 technique to the field.
  • Boundary (G) - Sends three technique tackle to the boundary.
  • Set (G) - Adjust three technique to the back in spread scheme.
  • CAT (G) - Adjust three technique away from back in spread scheme adjustment.
  • 11(G) - Short yardage placing, both in a 2 technique and against inside zone schemes.
  • 22 - Head up techniques on the guard with in and out calls.
  • 33 - Passing situation front creating two three-technique tackles and wide techniques for the ends. Ideal for creating a pass rush.
  • Base - Creates a three man front.

Coach Coon discusses the strength of each defensive front and which fronts are used versus various offensive schemes. You will learn why each front is called, and how they create a multiple defensive scheme without creating confusion to your players.

Line Stunts in the 4-2-5

The line stunts covered by Coach Coon include: Angle, Torro, Echo, Fire, Booger and NOB. He explains proper execution of each stunt and why each should be called. The twist game gives the 4-2-5 multiple line stunts, creating chaos for any offensive line.

The "Gate" stunt teaches your tackles to read the near hip of the center. If the hip is away, the tackle will penetrate, and if the hip is toward the tackle, he will loop.

Coach Coon shows you twists that include: Eat, Tex, Mix, Easy, Go, In, Out, Pinch, Pirate, Sprint, Stay and Stick. Each twist is clearly explained before Coach Coon goes to film to show you each one being executed in a game. You'll see how each twist fits into the overall scheme of the 4-2-5 defensive package and why it is so difficult for the offense to block.

Run Fits in the 4-2-5

Using game film, run fits for the 4-2-5 are covered as Coach Coon points out how to force the ball into the alley and fill and leverage the ball. You will see the 4-2-5 in action and learn how you can outnumber the offense at the point of attack.

Coach Coon delivers a great video on fronts and stunts for the 4-2-5 defense. The variations and individual techniques presented will give coaches of all levels insight into the 4-2-5.


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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