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© August, 2006
XPress Defense: Proven Strategies For A Smothering 4-2-5 Spread Defense

by Gino Arcaro
Head Football Coach, Niagara Community College, Wellend Ontario, Canada

IN OUR FOOTBALL reality, the key to a defensive system is:

    Creating a base concept, not just a base formation,
    Spreading the base, making it wider and more mobile, and
    Merging the “spread” and “base” concepts to form a third component.

Diagrams 1 to 3 illustrate this 3-way transition that involves a flexible base as a foundation, then widening it with mobility — and finally — merging the two concepts into an effective defensive strategy.

DIAGRAM 1: Base Concept.


DIAGRAM 2: 4-2-5 Concept.


DIAGRAM 3: Merged Concept.

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