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Whether working on the stick skills to become shiftier, schemes that are tough to contain, or making the most of the basic elements of football - Madden players are constantly seeking ways to turn a short gain into a big play. As Madden players look for ways to make big plays, many overlook the sidelines. This tip, submitted by WFColonel56, illustrates the importance of the sidelines for springing ball carriers and receivers for huge gains. The effect of building an explosive offense that uses the sidelines stretches the defense horizontally. But don't take it from me - read about how WFColonel uses the sidelines to create impact plays for his offense.

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Many teams in Madden go unused every year because of the Quarterback.  Some teams have a quarterback so good, not using them is tough; while teams with great defenses and stout run games get passed over because the quarterback is sub-par.  Here’s what you need to focus on to win with a bad quarterback.

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Facing a no-huddle offense?  Hurry-up offenses catch unprepared Madden players off guard. That’s a big reason Madden players use it so often.  If an opponent can capitalize on indecision, they will use no-huddle to their advantage.  

Defending no-huddle is a necessary skill for Madden o­nline and league play alike just to keep the game fun. Like anything else, preparation is the best defense.  Don't be baffled by bypassed play selection screens. Develop a simple plan to keep opponent’s hurry up-offense off balance.

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Speed is what you need to generate quick pressure.  Tempo is key.  Arrive too late and give up big plays, but getting there fast might shake an opponent's timing for the entire game.  Pressure doesn't always require a ton of shifting and pre-snap adjustments.  This tip submitted by legacy member "kuckus" is a simple way to generate pressure that works in every version of Madden.

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Long ago, Randall Cunningham demonstrated how a fast quarterback with an solid arm could change the game of football.  Madden NFL 2004's cover athlete Michael Vick took scrambling quarterbacks mainstream.  Because of the threats scrambling quarterbacks presented in Madden NFL 2004, two defensive assignments were added to Madden NFL 2005.  Ever since, speed is a premium at the quarterback position for Madden players and NFL organizations. You'll need tools in your game plan to neutralize fast passers.

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Creating a defensive scheme is both important and difficult. Any scheme must possess a gimmick that is consistent with a common thread that cannot be easily discernible to opponents, or risk falling apart.  On the flip side, trying too hard to hide the theme makes the overall structure seem wildly incoherent and out of sync.  Good defensive schemes have a theme that is flexible, effective, and applies to every decision made for the defense.

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There are three elements of football strategy: Personnel, Position, and Tempo; a strategic triangle.  With personnel, players opt to position players to force tempo.  With position, players attempt to regain a tempo advantage with personnel with speed. With tempo, players position personnel.  As with any competitive endeavor, defensive players must always consider how the offense will use the same aspects and offset offensive advantages.

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Wanna win?  Virtually all coaches agree that winning the turnover battle is the single most important statistic used to determine the outcome of football games.  Madden games aren't any different.  The team that turns the ball over the least is usually the victor.  On the flip side, forcing turnovers on defense earns extra possessions and scoring opportunities for your team while decreasing the same for your opponents.  Simply put, playing good defense means taking the ball away from your opponent.

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