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Unorthodox 5-2 “Okie” Slanting Defense Is Often Unstoppable

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© October, 2004

by Henry Rodriguez
Defensive Coordinator, Junior Varsity, Temple City High School, Temple City, Calif.

OVER THE PAST four seasons, we have enjoyed a 38-2 record with four league championships. During this stretch, we’ve employed a 5-2 “Okie” slanting defense that has limited our opponents to an average of 9 points per game.

Our success with this defense can be attributed to five major points of emphasis:
    1.    Keeping things simple.
    2.    Recognizing an opponent’s offensive set.
    3.    Making sure that players are positioned properly prior to the snap.
    4.    Attacking on the snap.
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