M16 34 Defensive Philosophy

Madden NFL 16 is a brand new game in more than one way. Not only is it new as in it just released, the game plays differently than any other past version of the game! For example, user control was significantly impacted when it comes to making plays on streaks. Some offensive animations cannot be stopped (ex. The OBJ Catch) unless there is a second defender in the area or the receiver just drops the ball. Flat zones do not get the depth that they got in Madden 15, and undercenter outside runs like the toss from strong close, are extremely difficult to deal with! With all of that being said, you can still be successful on defense, but you need to take a different approach! Be sure to follow these rules to begin having success playing defense in Madden 16.

  1. DO NOT BLITZ EVERY PLAY OF THE GAME!
  2. MIX IN SOME MAN COVERAGE (2 Man Under) IF YOU ARE A ZONE HEAVY PLAYER LIKE MYSELF!!
  3. LEARN THE NEW DEFENSIVE HOT ROUTING SYSTEM!!!
  4. DO NOT GO FOR THE INTERCEPTION DOWNFIELD UNLESS YOU HAVE HELP!!!!
  5. START THE GAME PASSIVELY, DETERMINE WHAT YOUR OPPONENT WANTS TO DO!!!!!

The Madden NFL 16 Attacking 34 Defense will give you everything you need to be successful from a blitz standpoint, with that being said, It is in your best interest to approach your opponent a bit differently than you would have in past Madden’s, especially at the start of the game. Start the game in something basic, preferably 34 Odd, mixing in different base coverages, and focusing on what formations your opponent likes to run and where his first reads are. For example, on the first drive, say your opponent comes out in Gun Bunch and is only targeting bunch receivers, focusing on corner routes and drags. You should be able to recognize what his favorite target is, and where he is probably not going to throw the ball.

PRO TIP: Most Players only throw to ONE side of the Field most of the game. There are very few players who are able to read the entire field. Picking up on that tendency will greatly help you in adjusting to your opponent!!!

The next thing you need to keep in mind, is the fact that we now have an all new defensive hot routing system that allows us to adjust any single player’s assignment, without manually clicking on to them to hot route. Learning this system and knowing the icon of the player that you are going to be hot routing, will help you adjust faster, resulting in you having a MUCH LOWER chance of being snapped while controlling a defensive lineman or any other player you were not intending on usering!!!

PRO TIP #2: DON’T WATCH YOUR BLITZ!! Ok so you got your blitz set-up, do not get caught up watching to see if your blitz comes in, keep your head up so that you can effectively cover your user assignment!!!

As I’m sure you all know defending the run can be frustrating this year, especially when it comes to tosses. One of the biggest things about this is people are pretty much programmed at this point to shoot the gap and try to blow up the run in the backfield, that is no longer your number one priority!!! As soon as you see the quarterback start the motion used for the toss, head toward the sideline that the toss is going to. Get outside of the blockers and force the offensive player to go inside where you have help.

PRO TIP #3: BLUFF BLITZES AND HOT ROUTED DEEP ZONES!!! Placing Safeties in bluff blitzes cause them to go forward before dropping into their respective zone or man assignments, this helps vs the run as they will start forward and continue that way when they see the run develop. This results in more contained runs and more help from your safeties in the run game. Also LB’s that are hot routed into deep zones react better to the run than lb’s in any other zone, bluff blitzing LB’s also helps in the same way as the safeties!!!

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