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The 52 MonsterBy Derek A. “Coach” WadeThe 5-2 Monster is the defense I was a part of as a player through junior high and highschool. Although my own personal success was dismal, with one win in five seasons, Ibelieve the 5-2 still has much to offer the youth football coach.The defense as it's shown here is designed to be as simple as possible. Therefore theslants and stunting is kept to a bare minimum. When I was a player, the defense we usedaligned defensive tackles and nosetackle head up on their offensive counterparts, andslanted them to one side or the other (strong or weak) depending on the defensive call.For the youth coach, I think you'll have your hands full teaching the base responsibilitiesand the pass coverages. Stunting should be kept to a bare minimum at all but the highestlevels of youth football. Remember, precision beats confusion.

52 Monster vs Pro I FormationLineup:SamStrong B Gap. Key near guard to TailbackSDEHead up on TESDTInside shade of strong tackle.NTShade to strength on Center.WDTInside shade of weak tackle.Monster1x1 D gap.WillieWeak B Gap. Key guard to Fullback.WDEOutside shade of offensive tackle.SCBOutside shade of Flanker, 4 yards deep.WCBOutside shade of Split end, 5 yards deep.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamFollow keys. Stay home on flowaway.SDEC gap.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to strong Agap.WDTSlant to B gapMonsterD gap, trail reverses through

backfield. Attack outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.WillieScrape to A gap. Follow keys. Stayhome on flow away.WDED gap, trail reverses throughbackfield. Attack outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS,then attack. Force outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS,then attack. Force outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort hook zone to strong side.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands highNTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands highMonsterShort hook zone outside TE to flat.WillieShort hook zone to weak side.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of the field.Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of the field.Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper than you.

52 Monster vs Tight I FormationLineup:SamStrong B Gap. Key near guard to TailbackSDEHead up on TESDTInside shade of strong tackle.NTHead up on Center.WDTOutside shade of weak tackle.Monster1x1 D gap.WillieWeak B Gap. Key guard to Fullback.WDEHead up on TESCBOutside shade of Flanker, 4 yards deep.WCBOutside shade of tight end, 5 yards deep.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamScrape to strong A gap. Follow keys. Stay home on flow away.SDEC gap.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to weak A gap.

WDTSlant to C gapMonsterD gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.WillieWeak B gap. Follow keys. Stay home on flow away.WDED gap, playing through TE, trail reverses through offensivebackfield. Attack outside shoulder of ball carrier on sweepstowards.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort hook zone to strong side.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands highNTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands highMonsterShort hook zone outside TE to flat.WillieShort hook zone to weak side.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper thanyou.

52 Monster vs. Wing-TLineup:SamHead up on strong tackle. Key near guard to TailbackSDEHead up on TESDTInside shade of strong tackle.NTHead up on Center.WDTOutside shade of weak tackle.Monster1x1 D gap outside wingback.WillieWeak B Gap or head up on weak guard. Key guard toFullback.WDEOutside shade of tackle.SCB3 x 4 alignment outside wingback.WCBOutside shade of split end, 5 yards deep.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamFollow keys. Stay home on flow away.SDEC gap.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to strong A gap.WDTSlant to B gapMonsterD gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outside shoulder ofball carrier on sweeps towards.

WillieScrape to weak A gap. Follow keys. Stay home on flow away.WDED gap, trail reverses through offensive backfield. Attack outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort hook zone to strong side.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands highNTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands highMonsterShort hook zone outside TE to flat.WillieShort hook zone to weak side.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper thanyou.

52 Monster vs. Double WingLineup:SamHead up on left tackle. Key near guard.SDEHead up on TESDTInside shade of left tackle.NTHead up on Center.WDTOutside shade of right tackle.Monster2 yards behind NT. Key fullback.WillieHead up on right tackle. Key right guard.WDEHead up on TE.SCB3 x 4 alignment outside wingback.WCB3 x 4 alignment outside wingback.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamFollow keys. Stay home on flow away.SDEC gap.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to left A gap.WDTSlant to B gap

MonsterFollow keys. Fire to right A gap. Chase flow.WillieFollow keys. Stay home on flow away.WDEC gap.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Force outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort hook zone to left side.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands highNTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands highMonsterShort hook zone in middle third.WillieShort hook zone to right side.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper thanyou.

52 Monster vs. TwinsLineup:SamStrong B Gap. Key near guard to TailbackSDEOutside shade of tackle.SDTInside shade of strong tackle.NTShade to strength on Center.WDTInside shade of weak tackle.MonsterHalfway between slot receiver and tackle. 3-5 yards deep.WillieWeak B Gap. Key guard to Fullback.WDEOutside shade of offensive tackle.SCBOutside shade of widest receiver, 7 yards deep.WCBOutside shade of Split end, 5 yards deep.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamFollow keys. Stay home on flow away.SDEC gap.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to strong A gap.WDTSlant to B gapMonsterD gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.

shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WillieScrape to A gap. Follow keys. Stay home on flow away.WDED gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Forceoutside shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Forceoutside shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort hook zone to strong side.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands highNTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands highMonsterShort hook zone slot to flat.WillieShort hook zone to weak side.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper thanyou.

52 Monster vs. DoublesLineup:SamHead up on Center. Key Ace back.SDEOutside shade of tackle.SDTInside shade of left tackle.NTHead up on Center.WDTInside shade of right tackle.MonsterHalfway between slot receiver and tackle. 3-5 yards deep.WillieHalfway between slot receiver and tackle. 3-5 yards deep.WDEOutside shade of offensive tackle.SCBOutside shade of widest receiver, 7 yards deep.WCBOutside shade of widest receiver, 7 yards deep.FS7-13 yards deep, depending on down/distance. 5 1/2 players per side.Run responsibilities:SamFollow keys. Fire A gap.SDEC gap. Trail reverses through backfield.SDTSlant to B gapNTSlant to strong A gap.WDTSlant to B gapMonsterD gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WillieD gap, trail reverses through backfield. Attack outsideshoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.

shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WDEC gap. Trail reverses through backfield.SCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Forceoutside shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.WCBMedium zone until ball passes LOS, then attack. Forceoutside shoulder of ball carrier on sweeps towards.FSRead and respond to flow. Stay deep until ball crosses LOSPass responsibilities:SamShort zone to middle.SDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SDTRush passer with hands high.NTRush passer with hands high through A gap.WDTRush passer with hands high.MonsterShort hook zone slot to flat.WillieShort hook zone slot to flat.WDERush passer with hands high. Keep contain.SCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.WCBZone coverage as deep as deepest player in your third of thefield. Play QB's non-throwing shoulder.FSDeep zone, follow passer laterally, keep receivers underneath. Nothing gets deeper thanyou.The 5-2 Monster is obviously a linebacker intensive defense. It requires disciplined athletes that can follow their keysprecisely, and not get suckered in by misdirection plays. Defensive linemen have the enormous task of keeping theoffensive line off of the linebackers and allowing those linebackers to do their jobs. This takes a great deal of training intechnique work, as well as sheer athleticism to perform.Pass defense is zone based, which I personally do not like. There is no doubt that zone defense is better suited forstopping the run than man to man is, but it is difficult to teach, and requires a vast amount of discipline to condition theplayers to stay in their zones after seeing fifteen or twenty running plays in a row. It is for these two reasons that thedefense, as I played in it 1985-1990 was a disaster, allowing an average of 48 points per game and helping us to finish 136-1 after five seasons from junior high through my sophomore year.With all of that said, bear in mind that one of the best defenses I ever coached was a 5-2 that was run at the ten-year-oldlevel. For some reason, our defensive backs were self -disciplined enough to make few mistakes in coverage, and ourlinebackers were more a force of nature than football players. We allowed fewer points than any other team in the league,finished 7-2, and only blown tackles knocked us out of the playoffs in 1992.I think these two examples serve to show that the measure of this efense is in the players and the coaching, rather thanthe defense itself. While I still prefer the Gap-8 and 7-diamond, if I get another middle linebacker like Mike McGowan, Imight just consider the 5-2.

The 52 Monster By Derek A. “Coach” Wade The 5-2 Monster is the defense I was a part of a s a player through junior high and high school. Although my own personal success was dismal, with one win in five seasons, I believe t