Overload Blitz out of the 4-2-5 Defense

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The Overload Blitz sends more defenders than the offense has can block. This overload attacks the off-tackle and edge of the offense. This is a great way to shut down the Sweep, Power, QB Sweep, and ISO play. The 4-2-5 Defense is great because it allows you to be multiple. It also allows you to adjust to pretty much any formation the offense comes out in. It will allow you to put more speed on the field while being multiple with your blitz, stunts, and coverages. There are several different coverages you can play behind this blitz. I created diagrams with the defense playing cover 3 and man to man coverage.

Overload Blitz out of the 4-2-5 Defense | Cover 3

Overload Blitz out of the 4-2-5 Defense
I prefer drawing the defense on the top and offense on the bottom.

Defensive Tackle (DT): A-gap.

Defensive Tackle (DT): A-gap.

Defensive End (DE): C-gap, come tight off of the edge.

Defensive End (DE): C-gap, rush tight off of the edge.

Rover (R): Pre-snap, align over # 2 (the inside receiver), start creeping up and in when the QB begins his cadence. Post snap, R blitzes off of the edge.

Middle Linebacker (M): Blitz B-gap. Start creeping up when the QB begins his cadence.

Weak Linebacker (W): Hook to curl on pass. Run fit B-gap.

Strong Safety (SS): Roll down and play man to man on #2 (the inside receiver Z). The SS needs to roll down as soon as the offense gets set. You can have him play press man or off man. Play with inside leverage.

Free Safety (FS): Roll to the middle of the field, play deep middle zone.

Cornerback (CB): Deep 3rd coverage, split the difference between the #1 and # 2 receive (Z & X side).

Cornerback (CB): Deep 3rd coverage. Inside leverage.

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Overload Blitz out of the 4-2-5 Defense | Man Coverage

Overload Blitz out with man coverage

The defensive linemen and linebacker & secondary player blitzing lanes do not change. The only difference is that the coverage players are playing man to man coverage, rather than zone. I personally like playing press man, but you can play off man coverage as well. That might be a good idea on longer down and distances.

Peel Technique Coaching Points (man coverage)

Rover (R): Pre-snap, align over # 2 ( the inside receiver), start creeping up and in when the QB begins his cadence. Post snap, R blitzes off of the edge. He also will play a peel technique. Which means if any running back releases to his side he must peel off of his blitz path and take him. 

Defensive End: C-gap, rush tight off of the edge. He will also play the peel technique. This will make the DE responsible for any running back that releases to his side- come off of rush lane and cover a releasing running back.

See Also: 4-2-5 Defense Playbook for Youth Football

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