Over the last few years, converting 4th and 1 or less was pretty much automatic. All you had to do was call Goalline Normal – QB Sneak and tap the jump button a couple times and that was an automatic yard or 2. That strategy still works on PS3 and XBOX 360 but it is not nearly as effective on the PlayStation 4 or XBOX one.
In fact, I can shut down QB Sneak 100% of the time if I know it is coming even if it is 4th and inches. I will post that technique later today. Once more and more people come up with similar concepts to mine or create some of their own, I believe that QB Sneak will become just about extinct as we move forward with Madden NFL games.
With that in mind, I decided to go over an alternate way to convert 4th and short that works very well for me. The basic concept is to use a power run formation and call a straight forward run like HB Dive and diving with your running back right when you get the ball. You end up getting at least a yard or 2 every time. The video below explains it in detail.
The formation I like to call to make this play most effective is some sort of full house or formation with 3 guys in the backfield.
Play: HB Dive or HB Iso or any play with your running back running straight ahead that isn’t a draw
- Motion one of your blockers to right in between the center and right guard
- Snap the ball, hold turbo, take one step forward, and hit the dive button (square on PS4 and X and XBOX One)
This is the concept I use to convert any sort of 4th and 1 or 4th and inches. You want to dive before any defender is around you. Your running back should dive forward for 2 or 3 yards.
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