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Attacking The Spread Offense With the 5-5-1 ‘2-Level’ Defense

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© October, 2008

by Ted Seay
High School, College, and International Coach

The 5-5-1 “2-Level” defense (2LD) is the creation of Dr. John M. Thomson of Prince Edward Island, Canada. (Football Defense of the Future: The 2-Level Model, Prentice-Hall, 1988).  It features five defenders in the first level who attack gaps, five in the second who mirror potential receivers and bump to motion, and a new and unique position, the Deep Safety (DS), who lines up between 25-30 yards deep and cuts ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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