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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.