Defending The Spread In The War Eagle 4-2-5 – The War Eagle 4-2-5 is primarily a zone coverage defense, built to be strong against the myriad of spread offenses we see in our region. While we don’t run a lot of man coverage, the secondary is still full of athletes who can break down, flip hips, and turn and run with receivers. While the offense spreads the field to run the ball, the secondary has to have enough speed to shrink the field and give run support.
Multiple option plays with read-option runs, run-pass options, and run-screen options are all the rage right now. Components of different plays are being married in various ways to attack a defense. Whether it’s Spread, Wing-T, Flex Bone or Pro-Style, every offensive coordinator seems to be finding a way to incorporate option plays into his offense.