NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of the 4-Minute Offense

July 4, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In this installment of Bleacher Report's "NFL 101" series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the schemes and execution for the four-minute offense at the pro level.
Click here for the previous version of NFL 101, which broke down the two-minute offense.
Grind the clock, move the sticks and close out the game.
A game situation that is often overlooked on Sundays, the "four-minute offense" is one of the most crucial aspects of pro football when protecting a lead in the fourth quarter. This is an opportunity for the offense to take control of the line of scrimmage and physically whip the opposition up front while the seconds methodically tick off of the clock.
Forget about bringing out the punt team and putting the game on the shoulders of your special teams and defense. Instead, run the ball (over and over again), work the clock, use high-percentage throws and even sprinkle in some play action while forcing the defense to burn timeouts.

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