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Football: The 4-2-5 Defense - Line Stunts

Updated on August 9, 2009

If and when you utilize line stunts, there are many determining factors that should go into your decisions. The first thing you should probably think about is why am I using this stunt. There should be a specific reason for its use. - guessing is not one of them -.Another factor is when you want to use a specific stunt. This of course involves such things as down and distance, field position, personnel etc. etc. Another is who is going to be executing a particular stunt. Obviously, you would not ask a slower lineman to go a greater distance to get to his area of responsibility. You might have to move people around to "free up" the right player. Another part of your thought process is where you use a stunt. Again, this involves tendencies in field positions. The last one I'll mention is how many stunts should be used. There's only so much practice time and if you try to use too many, you take the risk of not perfecting any of them. Rarely, if ever, does quantity replace quality. I'm sure there are many factors I'm omitting. However, in a short article, these are the ones that came to mind.

I have included seven diagrams and will discuss at least one reason for using each. In Fig. I, we're trying to free up our defensive ends vs, offensive tackles who "open up" in their pass protection block and expose themselves to an inside move. It has also been an effective stunt vs. most inside run plays. Fig. II is a very effective stunt vs. quarterbacks that are not very mobile. It is also a great stunt vs. draw plays. Fig. III is to combat weakside run and play action pass plays. Fig. IV we use vs. strongside run and play action pass plays. Fig. V and VI we use vs. teams that do a lot of "slide" pass protection and have strong run tendencies to one side or other. In Fig. VII we're trying to free up one of the two inside guys for a pass rush. This is also a great stunt to stop the trap play. - The 1's and 2's represent who goes first -.

I should mention that it takes time to teach the middle backer his gap responsibilities. Obviously, these change from stunt to stunt and must be worked on constanly.

I hope this article proves helpful in coaching your defensive linemen. Too often, this is a position that is somewhat neglected when it comes to teaching body mechanics. Please leave your comments or questions. Please click an ad on your way out. Thanks for reading.........

Fig. I
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Fig. III
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Fig. IV
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Fig. V
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Fig. VI
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Fig. vii

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