Nickel Normal

Nickel Normal is always a popular formation in Madden. Year in and year out it is reliable b/c of the personnel grouping, and the various coverages that it provides. Because of the removal of the “sugar” plays from the formation, and the changes to “show blitz” it has become less used because we were not able to get the same looks as we were in the past. Well, that changes NOW!!!!

This formation is broken down into sections based upon different fronts created by D-Line and LB shifts done at SPECIFIC TIMES.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU WATCH THE VIDEOS IN THIS SECTION AND NOT JUST TRY TO READ THE SETUP AND JUMP INTO A GAME! While this is important in every formation, it is especially important to this formation due to the timing of when we shift and the results of doing so at that time!

ALL PLAYS IN THIS FORMATION CAN BE RUN REGULAR OR FLIPPED. SETUPS SHOWN ARE REGULAR, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FLIP THE FORMATION THE STEPS ARE THE SAME JUST OPPOSITE!

EACH SECTION HAS IT’S OWN VIDEO UNDER THE BREAKDOWNS, AS THERE ARE THREE SEPARATE PARTS!

Part 1: LB’s In the B-Gaps!!

In this section we are going to focus on the following 2 plays: Nickel Blitz 2 and Overload Blitz. This gives you both a Cover 2 Zone option and a Man Option with the same look. This pressure can not be blocked using conventional methods. And vs MANY formations will not even be picked up blocking 7!

Play Set-Ups

Nickel Blitz 2 (3 Man Heat)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down
  3. Call Contain
  4. Spread LB’s (They Must be Fully Set First)
  5. User Right of Screen LB Over RT
  6. Coverage Right side of Line (I usually Spy DT and Coverage DE)
  7. Adjust Coverage As Needed

 

Nickel Blitz 2 (5 Man Heat) *Almost impossible to block

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down OR Out
  3. Call Contain
  4. Spread LB’s (They Must be Fully Set First)
  5. User Right of Screen LB Over RT
  6. Adjust Coverage As Needed

 

Nickel Blitz 2 (4 Man Heat) *Great vs Bunch/Trips sets

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down
  3. Call Contain
  4. Spread LB’s (They Must be Fully Set First)
  5. User Right of Screen LB over RT
  6. Hot Blitz ROLB (Left of Screen)
  7. Coverage Right side of Line (I usually Spy DT and Coverage DE)

 

Overload Blitz (3 Man Heat)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down
  3. Call Contain
  4. Spread LB’s (They Must be Fully Set First)
  5. Coverage Blitzing LB
  6. User Right Of Screen LB over RT
  7. Coverage Right side of Line (I usually Spy DT and Coverage DE)

 

Overload Blitz (5 Man Heat) *Almost impossible to block

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down OR Out
  3. Call Contain
  4. Spread LB’s (They Must be Fully Set First)
  5. Coverage Left of Screen LB
  6. User Right of Screen LB Over RT
  7. Adjust Coverage As Needed

Part 2: LB’s Shifted Right

In this section we are going to focus on a much more broad section of plays with quicker setups! Unless a particular play is Specified the Set-Up can be Used FROM ANY PLAY!!!!!

We are going to be able to generate heat from either side from base plays and Designed Blitzes, from a different look than the first section!

Play Set-Ups

Buck Slant 3 (3-5 Man Rush)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Shift LB’s Right
  4. Call Contain
  5. Zone Blitzing LB and User Him Over Center
  6. Spy Right DT and DE *Optional

Nickel Blitz 2

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Shift LB’s Right
  4. Call Contain
  5. User Left of Screen LB Over Center
  6. Spy Right DT and DE *Optional

Nickel Blitz 2 and Buck Slant Right Side Heat (3-5 Man Rush)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Shift LB’s Right
  4. Hot Blitz Right of Screen OLB
  5. Coverage Stock Blitzing DB/LB
  6. User LB Over Center as Shown
  7. Spy Left DT and DE *Optional

Outside Left ANY BASE PLAY (3-5 Man Rush)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down
  3. Shift LB’s Right
  4. Blitz Slot DB
  5. User Left of Screen LB Over Center
  6. Spy Right DT and DE *Optional

Outside Right ANY BASE PLAY (3-5 Man Rush)

  1. Base Align, Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Shift LB’s Right
  4. Hot Blitz Right of Screen OLB
  5. User LB Over Center as Shown
  6. Spy Left DT and DE *Optional

 

Part 3: Random Nickel Blitz 2 Set-Up and Coverage Defenses

In this section we are going to look at a unique front from Nickel Blitz 2 and Some Coverage Plays

Play Set-Ups

Nickel Blitz 2 (Gun Tight Killer) Unblockable by MOST formations

  1. Base Align Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Down OR Out
  3. Call Contain
  4. Shift LB’s Right (THE MUST BE SET FIRST)
  5. User Right of Screen LB Over RT

Nickel Blitz 2 Coverage (Use ANY LOOK that has been shown So far!)

  1. Base Align Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Cross Man Slot DB
  4. Man Up Whichever LB You will Not Be Usering
  5. Shade Coverage However You like

Buck Slant 3 Coverage D

  1. Base Align Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Cross Man Blitzing DB
  4. Shift LB’s Right
  5. Man Up Blitzing DB
  6. User Right of Screen LB
  7. Shade Coverage anyway You Like

Any Base Play Cross Man

  1. Base Align Press
  2. Pinch Line and Crash Out
  3. Cross Man Slot DB
  4. Man Up Whichever LB You will Not Be Usering
  5. Shade Coverage However You like
  6. BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR FLATS COVERED and USER THE MIDDLE