Practicing Two Minute Drill

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A tight game often can come down to what happens in the final minutes. It’s at this time your players need to have laser-like focus on accomplishing a task. With this being the era of hurry-up, no-huddle offenses, it would seem that teams don’t need to carry a separate set of plays or concern themselves about execution in this situation since they do it all the time.

Why have a two-minute procedure when you already run fast?

Our offense’s pace is like a two-minute drill at times. We’ve had seasons in which about 50 percent of our scoring drives were possessions of less than two minutes, using our base personnel and a small set of plays.

But when we get into two-minute mode, plays are designed to stop the clock and move the chains with chunks of yardage. It requires a different thought process because defenses will play a certain set of coverages and personnel, and we know through studying our opponents that we want to do certain things against them based on how they play in those situations.

Our two-minute offense goes from fast to very fast. Because the clock is a major concern, we want to limit the amount of information being signaled from the sideline. Our players are looking for one signal only if the clock is moving. Also, our receivers will stay on one side of the field, eliminating the time needed to switch to an alignment across the field. read more


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