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The threat of passes to dominant receivers has long been a way of life for Madden players with a penchant for exploiting personnel mismatches.  Successfully completing passes for 1st downs or scores puts pressure on defenses without the personnel to keep top receivers under wraps.  Unfortunately, some teams have great corners that make getting open a supreme challenge.  This tip submitted by legacy member "thewatcher15" illustrates a quick easy way to escape the clutches of shutdown corners. 

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Playing Madden online against human competition means potentially facing maniacally blitz happy defenses. It's simple. If there's one thing Madden players struggle with, it's beating blitzes. Aggressive Madden coaches rely on heat to pile pressure on opponents. An intense rush forces offenses into the tough task of making quick decisions without turning the ball over. Protecting from pressure schemes isn't just necessary for success, it is essential to enjoying Madden.

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The ability to maneuver to the proper location and catch with precise timing is a rare talent in the NFL. Players that can catch are valuable all over the field. That's why user catching passes is one of the most relevant skills Madden players can develop. It comes in handy in all phases: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. Whether making a user pick in traffic, adjusting receivers to poorly thrown balls, or catching a punt with a running start - User Catch skills are well worth the practice time because they come in handy constantly.

This tip, submitted by legacy member "shftmotion," illustrates a technique to user catch passes at their highest point to prevent defenders from making a play on the ball. If you have personnel with size (HT), good hands (CTH, SPC), and jumping ability (JMP) user catching high passes leads to more victories.

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At some point the anyone playing Madden will need to run the ball.  Whether they run the ball early to maintain possession and tire out the defense, or late to milk the clock and protect a lead, running the ball is an important part of a successful game plan. 

In Madden, some players resort to trickery to get the ground game going by pretending to pass from spread formations only to get dropped for a loss because the defense is blitzing.  When strength is the most important factor, don't mess around with little fast guys that might not get the job done.  Using big guys who are capable of clearing a path to instantly increase your odds especially in short yardage situations.

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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.

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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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Creating a defensive scheme is an important, yet difficult, task. Like any scheme, it must enjoin a gimmick that is consistently woven throughout to be successful.  Likewise, the common thread cannot be easily discernible to opponents or the scheme may fall apart.  On the flip side, trying to hard to add diversity to a defensive scheme will make the structure seem wildly incoherent and out of sync.  To succeed, a good defensive scheme must have a theme that can be flexibly applied to every decision made for the defense.

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