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Playing Madden against a player that always seemed to break the first tackle in the backfield, turning a sure loss into a nice gain, can be nerve racking. Oddly, the secret of breaking more tackles is simple patience and discipline. This tip, originally submitted by legacy member "orbit639", has been used by players with high rushing averages for more than a decade to beat rushing defenses with ease. Practice this tip to make sure you are not leaving yards on the field.
Much of the strategy of football is tied to the formations offensive and defensive teams use to deploy their personnel to best execute their chosen strategy. Essentially, formation is an example of how position is inherently relevant to the outcome of every play. Players that pay keen attention to the formations of their opponents and use their own knowledge of formations to tip the scales in their favor are steps ahead of whoever they play.
Defenses must take into account the three elements of football strategy: Personnel, Position, and Tempo. Where distance is an issue, players may attempt to regain some of the tempo advantage by using personnel with more speed. Where timing is an issue, players may opt to position rushers to blitz a gap closer to the center of the formation. Where personnel is an issue, players may opt to pick their spots to ensure heavy pressure is a surprise to their opponent. As with any competitive endeavor, defensive players must also consider how the offense will use these aspects and attack in a manner that offsets any offensive advantage.
In Madden, selecting a playbook is the single most important pre-game preparation step a player can make. While Madden allows players to customize plays and formations through hot routes and motion on offense and manual movement and playmaker assignments on defense, players are limited by the playbook they choose.
The bulk of strategic options make the the playbook an asset or a hindrance. Without careful consideration for the playbook selection, players can unintentionally derail their own success.
Every year Madden changes, but the love of the game binds players together. Our shared triumphs and failures give Madden players a platform to play, discuss, and improve our experiences at our own pace. To celebrate our rich diversity and highlight our common ground MaddenUniversity.com is highlighting passionate Madden players for our Community Spotlight
This edition highlights Zfarls from MaddenBible.com. Co-owner of MaddenBible.com, co-host of "This Week in Madden," co-host of "The Mad-Den," co-writer of both the "NCAA Football 12: The Official Player's Guide" and "Madden NFL 12 The Official Players Guide," and EA Football Community Day 12 participant, Zfarls is easily one of the busiest men in the Madden community. We talked to him about the origin of his passion, how his skills developed, how his Madden gaming fits within his life, and the biggest reasons he continues to play.
Madden, like real life football, has players with a diverse level of competitiveness and experience. Pitting players of varied levels together in a single arena immediately presents a challenge that developers seek solutions for every year. How can the game be an enjoyable experience for new and old players without alienating either? How much of a player's enjoyment relies on his own development? And finally, how can we play together in harmony?
In our last article, titled "Chess or Cheese?" we discussed the types of players seeking to play competitively and placed them in 4 categories. Now that we have an idea of what types of players there are, the next step is trying to figure out what these players expect from one another.