Read and React


High school defenses face a different offense every week. Explosive spread offense, powerful double wing, deceptive wing-t, and the flexbone option offense. 


Mistake Is To Change Your
Defense Every Week


FIVE is better than FOUR!

  • Easier to adjust to formations with 5 DBs than only 4.
  • Easy to disguise coverages. 
  • Allows movement of the front six without losing leverage

More tough 150-190-pound kids than 220-pound linebackers


PATTERN READ – Don’t “Guard Grass”

Best of both worlds: Everyone looking at football to stop the run game; but drop to a receiver instead of spots on the field to play match-up man to man.  

Multiplicity With Simplicity

FRONT SIX completely DIVORCED from the BACK FIVE. RIGHT SIDE of secondary is SPLIT from the LEFT SIDE.

  • THREE different defenses on every play: a front call, coverage on left side, and coverage on right side.
  • Coverages independent of the front alignment, DB’s do not learn stunts and blitzes

Confusing for the offense.  Multiple defenses for coordinator,Makes learning the defense simpler.   Defenders do not learn entire defensive call, they only learn their part. Secondary players only learn run fits and pass drops based on the offensive players that line up on their side.
Teaching half the coverage gives players CONFIDENCE because they only learn their half of the field!


  • Head up defenders create more confusion for the blockers since they can slant into either gap. 
  • Easy transition from 4 man to 3 man front. 
  • Uncovered guards give very clean run/pass reads to the defense.

The 0-tech NG and a 4-tech DT slant weak, putting them in the same position as traditional 1 and 3-techniques.

Easily go from a zone smothering 2-safety pass defense
To a smash mouth 9-man run front

Check out some of Coach Fox’s white board philosophy and installation teaching
video below and see why this program could world for you and how
he’ll help you WIN!

ULTRA-SIMPLE adjustments:

“how can we defense a formation with the least number of guys changing”. 

Practice time is not spent learning schemes.  Instead mastering technique to gives players CONFIDENCE.

Repetition builds muscle memory leading to INTENSE EFFORT.


  • Only need one true defensive lineman.  The other 3 can be smaller, quicker.
  • 3 LB to play the two inside spots, as opposed to requiring 5 linebackers to run a 4-3 or 3-3 scheme. 
  • Five DBs makes it easy to disguise and roll coverages to hide weaker players. 


  • 4-man front is the best way to stop the run
  • Robber concepts used by all 3 safeties allows them to be aggressive vs the run, getting 9 defenders in the box.
  • contain and turn it back inside philosophy.
  • The goal of every run play is to force the running back into a very narrow “alley” in which he will be outnumbered 3 to 1


Common sense: 5 defensive backs instead of 4 makes is a better way to defend the pass.

Alignment Doesn’t Change Assignment

PURSUIT – Hustle to the Ball

TACKLE – Know What To Do When You Get There

1. Great aligments to run to the football
2. Great leverage tackling angles
3. Great angles to eliminate the big play
4. Establishing the eight-man front
5. Natural alignments to play assignment option football


  • 4-2-5 defense: Installation
  • 4-2-5 D-Line Alignments, Reads, Techniques, & Responsibilities
  • 4-2-5 Inside Linebacker Play
  • 4-2-5 Outside LB and DB Play
  • 200 Page Playbook & Installation Manual
  • 75 Tackling & Pursuit Manual
  • Robber Coverage & Pattern Read DVD
  • 4-2-5 ‘Read & React’ Multiple Defense: Defending the Pistol & Spread Offenses
  • 4-2-5 ‘Read & React’ Multiple Defense: Defending the Wing-T

4-2-5 defense: Installation

Confuse offenses with a multiple defensive scheme that blends the 4-2-5, 4-4 and the 3-4 defenses together – with minimal learning for your players Develop sound tackling techniques through a fundamental 6-step tackling sequence Scrap traditional wind sprints for drills that condition with a purpose Rick Stewart took over a struggling program that had never won a playoff game. By implementing this multiple attack defense, he led the Gang Green to consecutive Sectional Final appearances, including a season where they finished 12-1 and became League Champions. Coach Stewart demonstrates how to blend the 4-2-5, 4-4, and the 3-4 defenses together through an amazingly simple concept. He diagrams his defense in a chalk talk before showing you practice video of his players adjusting to all of the possible formations. Goals and alignments versus every offensive formation are covered in detail. The unique “Gang Green” defensive concept allows the defensive front 7 the same reads and assignments for all three defenses employed. You’ll get Coach Stewart’s six-step tackling sequence to develop the proper tackling technique in his players as well as eight tackling drills used in his tackling circuit. Coach Stewart also walks you through the installation sequence in spring, summer, and August. He then shows you his daily practice plans during the season. As a bonus, practice video of five different pursuit drills are shown that you can use in place of wind sprints, allowing your team to learn great technique as you condition with a purpose. This is a great video that will help build a solid defense for any high school or middle school program.

4-2-5 D-Line Alignments, Reads, Techniques, & Responsibilities

Coach Stewart uses powerpoints, practice video, and game film to show complete Defensive Line play in the 4-2-5 defense from his base 4-4. He covers alignments, philosophy vs run & pass, and stunts. He breaks down Every Day Drills (EDDs) with Defensive Ends, Defensive Tackle, and Noseguard. There is practice video at the end covering tackling, technique, and drills for the D-Line coach.

4-2-5 Inside Linebacker Play

Coach Stewart uses powerpoints, practice video, and game film to show Inside Linebacker play in the 4-2-5 defense from his base 4-4. In all 3 defenses, the inside linebackers read lineman to find “windows” to run through. There is Fast, Tough, and Look vs Full, Split, and Counter flow. Drills, Blitzes, and pass drops are covered. Practice and game footage at the end.

4-2-5 Outside LB and DB Play

Discover a simplistic approach to a system that will appear complex to your opponents Keep alignments and assignments simple while running multiple coverage schemes Implement cover 2, 3, and 4 using cloud and sky concepts Teach the same run fit techniques in all alignments and coverage schemes Swarm 11 defenders to the ball Learn to alternate pass coverages on the fly giving QBs and OCs nightmares Build a multiple defense using the principles of the 4-2-5, 4-4 and 3-4 defenses to dominate opponents. Rick Stewart has put together a very detailed video that will help any defense. He demonstrates how to build this system with simple alignment rules and limited assignment changes for his defensive backs and outside linebackers. You will never have to change the alignment, read, or run fit of your two inside linebackers. Throughout the video, Coach Stewart discusses using cover 2, 3, and 4, with cloud and sky concepts. His whiteboard descriptions explain the differences in each coverage and how to use all of them with limited changes for the outside linebackers and defensive backs. He dedicates a great deal of discussion to route combinations and how they are handled in each coverage. He also includes detailed description of run fits and technique that are interchangeable between coverage schemes. After his description of each coverage, the focus turns to individual technique and drills. As Stewart points out, his playbook determines the drills. Every drill is designed to simulate game situations seen in their multiple defensive looks. You will see whiteboard diagrams and descriptions of four drills for his backpedal progression, five tackling drills used for the defensive backs, and seven coverage drills for 1-,3-, and 5-step routes. Also covered are specific drills for the outside linebackers that concentrate on defeating four types of blocks, pass coverage and tackling. The whiteboard session is followed with on-field video of players executing each drill. Stewart also covers group pursuit drills that are done in group sessions with only the defensive backs and outside linebackers. Using this system, your team will embody the motto, “eleven helmets, one poor soul”. This multiple defense allows for a simplistic approach to a system that will seem complex to your opponent. Your team will spend time mastering simple assignments while your opponent spends time preparing for multiple defensive strategies.

Robber Coverage & Pattern Read DVD

  • Shut down your opponents by robbing their tendencies and their best players
  • Shift your defensive secondary by using an “eyes on one” approach
  • Use re-route techniques to improve flat coverage
  • Utilize a split field concept so that defensive backs only need to know the assignments for their side of the formation


Rick Stewart updates his very successful 4-2-5 Gang Green defense adding pattern reads and robber coverages within the secondary, making this defense even more formidable. In addition if you have watched previous “Gang Green 4-2-5” videos, Coach Stewart covers some changes and improvements they have made in the past couple of seasons.

Coach begins by breaking down new alignments, techniques, and reads in detail with on the board instruction. The revolver coverage that was discussed in prior DVDs is updated and broken down vs. various formations. Coach continues with his base cover 3 coverage and his new Robber coverage, which is built for High School teams. Stewart gives us a thorough review of his Revolver Cover 3 defense, which is still his base defense. He then evolves it in to an aggressive robber coverage by splitting the field and having his DBs recognize the five offense formation possibilities. Using the split field concept, coaches can teach their linebackers and defensive backs how to handle combination routes and identify their individual zones with ease

Known for his attention to detail Coach Stewart breaks down his Robber schemes to concepts and techniques for each defensive back. He walks us through every route possibility for each defensive back and linebacker discussing reads and responsibilities. Robber coverage is explained and demonstrated in detail through interactive presentation showcasing alignments and technique. Each read and position is broken down in detail. Being able to defend each route is key and Stewart breaks each pass route combination down for your ability to be successful.

Coach ends with an inside look at a cover 2 scheme to put in place as an added tool for the defensive coverage tool box.

These Robber Concepts put so much pressure on your opponent’s quarterback that his mistakes become inevitable. If you want to disguise your coverages and be innovative in your area this season, look for Rick Stewart’s various coverages to help. From the Revolver coverage to the Robber coverage, each coverage will give opposing Quarterbacks and Coordinators fits.

Any coach looking for a effective approach to controlling high percentage passing offenses will find this updated 4-2-5 defensive video a must have for their off season preparation.

82 minutes. 2014.









Cover 3 Robber


Why Robber


Cover 4 Robber


Cover 2 Robber




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4-2-5 'Read & React' Multiple Defense: Defending the Pistol & Spread Offenses

Product Description

  • Teach your defense how to distinguish between the inside and outside zone plays
  • Incorporate coverages that will take away the essential elements of the pistol spread passing game
  • Defend the Pistol option attack
  • Practice defensive gap fits for each individual position vs the Pistol
Features & Benefits
  • Teach your defense how to distinguish between the inside and outside zone plays
  • Incorporate coverages that will take away the essential elements of the pistol spread passing game
  • Defend the Pistol option attack
  • Practice defensive gap fits for each individual position vs the Pistol
with Rick Stewart, former Porterville (CA) High School Head Coach. Took three losing programs to playoffs. Led Porterville to four straight playoff appearances, back-to-back section championship appearances.The deception that is behind the pistol can present a variety of problems for any defense. Rick Stewart methodically dissects the pistol offense into formations and backfield, pass plays and run plays showing you the keys to stopping one of the most difficult offenses. Coach Stewart’s keys will help any defense contain the high-octane pistol offense.Using diagrams and game footage, Coach Stewart outlines and then answers the ‘what ifs’ of the complete Pistol option package. Regardless whether it’s Jet Read, Midline/Veer Option, Inside or Outside Zone (a total of six categories of run plays) or Play Action Pass, One Step Catch and Release, Boot off Inside Zone (a total of six categories of pass plays) Stewart peels away the layers and exposes us to the core and weakness of each play. One unique aspect of this video is that he provides you with how he breaks down different Pistol formations into Hudl.The pistol is an offense that at any point can use the zone scheme, power scheme, veer option scheme, and spread passing game. Coach Stewart explains which alignments cause the greatest difficulties for the pistol. The zone plays can often look the same to a defense unless you know key nuances associated with each play. Stewart explains where to begin your defensive reads and the progression for each position.The passing game is broken down using the various coverages detailed in Stewart’s additional DVDs. The number of steps a quarterback takes in the pistol during three step and five step passing concepts changes. Teach your defense how they change and how they must adjust to stop the passing game from the pistol.Coach Stewart is so thorough in his analysis of the Pistol Offense and how to defend it that this DVD could be used by DCs and OCs alike. Stewart gives you techniques and schemes that will be easily adapted to any defense based upon positional strategy. This DVD will give you the edge every coach is looking for this season.81 minutes. 2014.
Pistol Overview2:51
Run Plays11:49
Outside Zone26:19
Pass Plays10:33
Run Fits5:18

4-2-5 'Read & React' Multiple Defense: Defending the Wing-T

Product Description

  • Identify specific tendencies of the Wing-T by formation so you can adjust your scheme accordingly
  • Teach the keys, reads and techniques for each defensive position
  • Effectively blitz and stunt to stop the Wing-T
Features & Benefits
  • Identify specific tendencies of the Wing-T by formation so you can adjust your scheme accordingly
  • Teach the keys, reads and techniques for each defensive position
  • Effectively blitz and stunt to stop the Wing-T
with Rick Stewart, former Porterville (CA) High School Head Coach. Took three losing programs to playoffs. Led Porterville to four straight playoff appearances, back-to-back section championship appearances.Rick Stewart, the master mind of the Pistol Wing-T, will take you on an inside look on how to stop his high potent offense. Running the Wing-T gives him great insight to what causes problems for the Wing-T. What better way to stop the wing-T than listening to a coach who knows this offense inside and out. Each play is broken down into detail and all of the defensive keys needed to stop it from every position.Coach Stewart breaks down each series of the Wing-T; fly sweep, buck sweep, down, and belly. As he draws each play against the 4-2-5 he describes which defenders are placed in conflict and how to defeat it. Once the plays are discussed in an overview, various formations are shown in order for you to align your defense properly. Each play is drawn out with the blocking assignment how to beat each blocking scheme.Position breakdown is next and each individual position is discussed and the key technique needed to defend the essential Wing-T plays. The down block and escape to linebacker are two blocks critical to wing-t plays. Coach Stewart explains how to defeat these blocks and stop critical plays within each series. Explanations as to how defenders must react to pulling lineman are a big help in stopping the buck series plays. He completes his game plan against the wing-t with an explanation of the different motions used and how to react to them. Blitzes and Stunts are given that can be very essential in giving exotic looks to the opposing offense.Coach Stewarts weekly practice plan in preparation for a Wing-T team is discussed and can be essential for a successful week. By organizing your practice to defensive reads and how to blitz the Wing T you will be better prepared come game night.If you face the difficult Wing-T throughout the season, this DVD is a must have. One of the most successful Wing-T coaches in the nation takes you on an all-access look on how to defend the Wing-T. This scheme will give you instant success with rules and alignments that are adaptable to any defense you run
1. Start                       1:07
2. Introduction             1:09
3. Wing T Philosophy    8:40
4. Formations              4:58
5. Wing T Plays            41:05
6. Alignments                3:01
7. Individual Positions  46:34
8.  Option                    7:56
9.  Blitzes & Stunts       5:37
10.  Practice Week       10:22
11.  Conclusion             1:58

Read & React 4-2-5/3-4 Playbook & Installation Manaul

The BASE defense has headup D-Line in 6-4-0-4 techniques. The two D-Tackles step weak as soon as ball is snapped, so this defense starts off in a 3-4 alignment but becomes a traditional 4-man front as soon as ball is snapped.

EASILY go from 4-4 to a 4-2-5 to a 3-4 Defense !

Matchup Cover 2, 3, and 4 using pattern reading and robber concepts. Violent re-routes of the #2 receiver.


The READ & REACT Multiple Front Defense has a 0-tech NG and a 4-tech DT who slants weak, putting them in the same position as traditional 1 and 3-techniques once the ball is snapped. The philosophy is that head up defenders create more confusion for the blockers since they can slant into either gap. The 0-tech alignment makes for an easy transition from 4 man to 3 man front. The uncovered guards give very clean run/pass reads to the defense.


The “Front 6” consists of four DL and two ILB who align to a run strength. The “Back 5” align to the multiple receiver side. This separation of the run and passing strengths is referred to as a “DIVORCED FRONT”, which allows the defense to have multiple looks while remaining simple to learn (multiplicity with simplicity). Formation recognition is also easy to learn by splitting every formation in half, effectively reducing every offensive formation to 6 alignments.


Section 4 has “Every Day Drills” (EDDs) that are used in practice to teach the positions and explain every position’s Alignment, Assignment, and Responsibility. In the defensive line chapter, the STUD and END techniques are not the same as the TACKLE and NOSE techniques. The Outside Linebackers are actually HYBRID SAFETIES and their techniques are more similar to the defensive backs.


This defense is a contain and turn it back inside philosophy. The goal of every run play is to force the running back into a very narrow “alley” in which he will be outnumbered 3 to 1. The beauty of the Read & React 4-2-5 is that each player’s job remains the same regardless of whether you are in the 3-4 or 4-2 fronts.

Backfield actions are broken into fast flow, split flow, and counter flow. The 2 inside linebackers play 20 technique and read the uncovered guards which allows clean reads and aggressive reactions. The defensive line primary job is to “sting” their man and keep the offensive lineman from blocking the linebackers. They are taught to react, not read, to the five things an OL can do: reach, fire out, escape inside, pull, and pass block. The secondary provides the force, alley, and contain players as the Falcon (FS) is an aggressive run defender and the corners provide secondary run support.


As previously mentioned, the Read & React method of teaching divides the field in half, thereby narrowing the teaching of 4 coverages (man, 2, 3, 4) versus 6 alignments (pro, solo, tight, wing, twins, & trips). These chapters start with 1 on 1 route defense and progresses to multiple route recognition based on our “+1” rule: Always have 1 more pass defender than they have receivers. This section has 4 chapters dedicated to pass defense.


Section 6 takes you through how Stewart starts scouting his opponent in the spring and takes you up through “Saturday to Friday” game week preparations. There is detailed explainations on how to use HUDL most efficiently. Practice organization and how to fit everything into a 75-minute practice Mon – Wed is also detailed.


Email coach Stewart for game playsheets, wristbands, scouting reports, and player evaluation forms that can be edited with Microsoft Office. There are also 10 spring practice, 6 summer, and 20 August practice schedules that you can customize to your needs. All the tackling drills, pursuit drills, and individual position EDDs are in pdf printable form. There are also powerpoints to show your staff and players.

Tackling and Pursuit Drills for Championship Defense

Coach situational tackling by position and as a team using these drills and circuits Create and design drills based on your defensive playbook Use team pursuit drills to teach your players how to attack and swarm the ball carrier Get an annual practice plan that breaks down yearly, seasonal, daily and position drill planning Coach Stewart has used this offensive system to turn around three different schools that had poor records including 0-20, 1-19 and a team that won eight games in the 5 years prior to his arrival. Coach Stewart led each team to the playoffs with in his first two seasons at the helm. Creating a defensive system where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is the Holy Grail for every Defensive Coordinator. Rick Stewart has found it. Using practice footage and a PowerPoint presentation, Coach Stewart takes you through a complete defensive system build up. He loads it with Every Day Drills that are position-specific and essential for developing champions. In each drill he shows you how to develop a technically superior player while instilling a reflex knowledge in that player that applies to the overall defensive scheme. Coach Stewart outlines an annual installation schedule. Monthly and daily practice plans are derived from the annual plan. Stewart explains how he breaks down his daily practice schedule into five-minute segments. After the practice plans are complete, Stewart explains the drills and techniques needed for each position: Defensive LineCoach Stewart breaks down the defensive line position and has his players demonstrate the STING progression that he uses to improve defensive line play. Coach Stewart also shows how to improve attacking angles to the ball by reading the offensive line’s steps and blocks. The Nose, Tackle, and End will see different kinds of blocks, so they need position specific drills for what they will see on game day. LinebackersCoach Stewart shows how he classifies the different blocks that an inside linebacker and outside linebacker will face, how to fit into the proper gaps, and how to make tackles at multiple angles of attack. Defensive BacksCoach Stewart breaks down and demonstrates drills that will help any defensive back learn to shed blocks, pursue the ball and make tackles. Coach Stewart also gives instruction on the different coverages that he utilizes in his defense. Team TacklingYou will see various team tackling and pursuit drills and a tackling station circuit you can use to put a whole defensive unit through tackling drills. He ends the video with several different pursuit drills that are very effective and will help improve any defense. This two-plus hour video is a great value and is packed with drills, coaching insights and information that will help transform any defense!
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