Since the hiring of Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator, the buzz word regarding his defensive scheme has been “Multiple”. That means different personnel packages, different fronts and different coverages.
As we look at the Noles roster headed into the 2011 season, there is a lack of experienced depth at the linebacker position. However, there is much more quality depth in the secondary. Because of that, Herc & Nolebra Kai believe Coach Stoops should and will run more 4-2-5 defense this season.
The main advantage of running the 4-2-5 is speed. With the influx of spread offenses in college football, teams are trying to create space for their fastest players. The 4-2-5 is a viable answer to the spread. It consists of five defensive backs and two linebackers. Having the extra defensive back eliminates the pressure that would be put on a middle linebacker in the base 4-3 look.
Click the play button above to listen to Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss why the Noles should run more 4-2-5, how our personnel fits into that scheme, and the advantages running that defense brings.
After you listen to the podcast, take a look at the TCU Defensive Playbook to get a better of idea of the coverages and responsibilities in this defense. As you know, TCU runs the 4-2-5 as their base defense and have been very successful at it for years.