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© February, 2009


by Jeffrey A. Holley
Former Asst. Coach, West Carroll High School, Savanna, IL

I’ve always thought that a 4-3 defense is one of the most adaptable defenses ever created.  The one flaw to it, as I see it,  is the positioning of the cornerbacks prevents them from really being involved with assisting with tackling on inside plays.  The 45 defense is a modified 4-3 changing the positioning for the corners, which we refer to as Thunder (Rt Corner) and Lightning (Lt. Corner) our “Crazy Corners”.  We want to try and force our opponents to run inside at us, towards our linebackers that are our best tacklers and we want our corners to be in a better position to control the Alley and be there to assist the linebackers on quick dives inside.

Why the 45 Defense?
•    In our conference you will see teams that run Wishbone to 5 Wide Receivers and we needed a defense that would be able to easily adapt to what they are seeing with the personnel on the field.
•    Defense can easily be used at any level of football from youth to college.
•    Blitzes are called as the offense lines up and cancelled if any motion occurs.  This also means we can adjust alignments to make sure the offense does not get an advantage “in the trenches” by having more personnel than we do within the line of scrimmage. 
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