Strategies

Strategies

Every year we build a custom offensive playbook in Madden NFL to take to the field.  This year, we go through the 7 steps of building a game ready offensive playbook with 3 formations, 3 sets, and 6 plays per set along with tips you'll need to build a cohesive offensive playbook of your own. 

High pressure defensive schemes call for quick passing Madden offensive schemes.

It's essential to keep the ball moving forward on offense in Madden NFL, even if it's in small chunks.  One good way to keep defenses off-balance is to pass with a combination of quick-passes, drags, and play-action with tall physical receivers. Particularly when playing against short defensive backs, quick passes can pick up crucial yards consistently.  This tip, originally submitted by legacy member LHSPanther62, will discourage blitzes and keep the chains moving. 

Don't let fast passers give you the run around in Madden. Use these techniques to take the quarterbacks legs out from under him...

Don't let fast passers give you the run around.  Long ago, Randall Cunningham demonstrated how a fast quarterback with an solid arm could change football.  Madden NFL 2004's cover athlete Michael Vick took scrambling quarterbacks mainstream, but the threats scrambling quarterbacks presented in Madden NFL 2004, two defensive assignments were added to Madden NFL 2005.  Ever since, speed is premium at the quarterback position for Madden NFL players and NFL organizations alike. You'll need tools in your game plan to neutralize fast passers.

Big plays happen when players can get to the sidelines.

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 NFL players are constantly finding ways to turn a short gains into a big plays.  Most overlook the sidelines. This tip, submitted by WFColonel56, illustrates the importance of the sidelines for springing ball carriers and receivers for huge gains.  Explosive offenses use the sidelines to stretch defenses horizontally; but don't take it from me - read about how WFColonel56 uses the sidelines to create impact plays!

Blitzing offensive formations in Madden starts with knowing the weaknesses.

Often, players forget that Madden NFL is a football game and that the three elements of football strategy Personnel, Position, and Tempo form a strategic triangle. The best defensive strategies consider how to use these aspects to offset offensive advantages; but those elite defensive players can customize their blitzes to speed up opponent offenses to the point of panic.  Take advantage of offensive formation weaknesses to blitz the best gaps!

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