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Adjusting The 4-2 Defense Into A Total Blitz Package

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© February, 2005


by Jim MacKenzie
Assistant Football Coach, Dobbs Ferry Union Free High School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

OUR PROGRAM USES a tough-to-block blitz package out of the 4-2 defense. The concept is based on Don James’ old University of Washington defense. We play mostly a man-to-man defense behind the front using the free safety as either a run stopper or blitzer, depending on the call.

To maximize pressure out of this defense, we’ve designed an effective system in which we name each player, as well as every gap. The only two players who don’t have a designated name are the cornerbacks.
The following diagram shows this naming system for our defensive players and the tags we use for the gaps.

DIAGRAM 1: Gap ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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