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News Tag: Madden NFL 24

  • Madden 24: The Best and Most Unbeatable Defensive Scheme!

    Posted: Sep 04, 2023

    This defensive scheme has helped me go 54-13 online. With insane blitzes and lockdown coverage, this defense has it all.

    First Play

    This is in the Multiple D playbook and we will be first in the 3-4 Formation going over the plays, Pinch Buc Zero and Cover 4 Drop. If you don't have the playbook yet, you can buy one directly with Madden 24 Coins.

    We'll be using these plays together to disguise the coverage and the blitz so that our opponent never knows what is coming.

    The first play is Pinch Buc Zero, and this is a nasty blitz that is super easy to set up. But before you call the play, make sure that the alignment is set to default.

    And the first thing you will do in the play is QB Contain your D ends. Then, user the Linebacker manned up on the Running Back. And to make this blitz fire on all cylinders, you want to make sure to stand over the A gap to make the offensive line think you are blitzing, which will open up gaps for other rushers.

    You will see that once the ball is snapped, there will be a free rusher disrupting the QB in a matter of seconds. No matter if you block a running back or not, this blitz is lethal.

    But let's talk coverage. Because we are all out man blitzing, we will have nobody to help over the top. Knowing this, you may want to keep your secondary backed off to avoid getting beat by deep routes. Or, if you do want to press your whole secondary, you can individually back off players that may be a mismatch.

    And the way you can back off players individually is by pressing Y, A, and then you can choose the receiver you want to adjust coverage to. And in this case, it was B. And if you want to back them off, flick up with the left stick.

    It's also worth noting that although pressing your corners in this blitz is a big risk, pressing successfully can also disrupt the routes at the line of scrimmage, which will give the blitz more time to get to the QB.

    The last coverage tip for this play is for the user because you are manned up to the running back. It is important to watch the running back in case he goes out for a route. If he does, it's your job to shut it down. But if he doesn't, you can drop back into coverage to help the secondary and lurk the QB for potential interceptions.

    Second Play

    Now, let's talk about Cover 4 Drop.

    Now that we have the core blitz for the defense, we need a play where we can make it look like we are running the Pinch Buc Zero play, but actually will be dropping back players into coverage. This is why we will be using Cover 4 Drop out of the 3-4 formation, which is great against the run because of the safety run help and it can eliminate the pass with eight players dropping back into coverage.

    But to make this play look like Pinch Buc Zero, you want to change the alignment to base. But to make it even more similar, you want to user one of the Linebackers and put them over the A gap like we did in the Pinch Buc Zero play. This will give the opponent less of a tell for what play we are in because we are doing the same pre-snap adjustments every single play.

    For Cover 4 Drop, the first thing I do is either pinch the whole defense or press my defense. This will bring everybody in the secondary down, including the corners. And the reason these corners are better off playing down is because it gives them better leverage to guard corner routes and run with vertical or any deep routes.

    Now, because Cover 4 Drop is mainly a medium and deep route prevention defense, you may want to make some adjustments to guard the underneath routes. You can do so by putting the curl flat Defenders on a hard flat by pressing Y and down with the right stick. This will help defend any quick short passes.

    And one quick tip is that if you want to put a cloud flat on the curl flat defenders instead of a hard flat, you can actually press Y, then up on the right stick after you put them on a hard flat, and then, they will turn into a cloud flat.

    Cloud flats cover a little more depth and could guard out routes, curls, and some corner routes opposed to hard flats, which only cover quick short passes near the line of scrimmage.

    Now you can also utilize Zone Drops in this play. Zone Drops are useful for when you want a zone to drop to a certain point on the field. So if you want extra help to guard corner routes, you can put the curl flat zones on 20 to 25 yards. This will help guard the corner routes along with a deep quarter zone that turned into an interception.

    And you will see that the deep quarter was over the top of this corner out and the curl flat defender with the 20 yard zone drop was underneath the corner route. So, if the QB under threw the ball our curl flat zone drop at 20 yards would easily be able to make a play on the ball. So, we had the corner route on lock over the top and underneath.

    And as the user in this play, you want to be one of the hook curl linebackers. Your goal is to take away any routes that go through the middle of the field and then work your way outside for additional coverage help. So, when running these two plays, Pinch Buc Zero and Cover 4 Drop, it's important to mix up the play calling. Because when each play looks the exact same, your opponent will never know what one you're running if you're bringing heat or dropping everybody back.

    Dime and Dollar

    Now, because you cannot substitute safeties in the linebacker position in the 3-4 Formation, it is important to have formations that can match teams with a lot of speed. So, we will be looking at the formations Dollar and Dime.

    In Dollar, you want to make sure to sub in safeties at the linebacker position so you can match up well against pass heavy sets. This way, you'll be able to do more unique coverage setups by using hybrid defenses and cross manning.

    Cross Man Defense (3rd Play)

    Cross Manning is a way of disguising manned defense setups by manning up receivers, tight ends or running backs in the opposite direction of your players.

    Here's an example. In this play, I am in Cover 4 Drop in Dollar. I decided that I wanted to cross man Trevon Diggs with the inside wide receiver because if the inside wide receiver were to run a corner route, Diggs would already have outside leverage to guard the corner. So, the wide receiver would just be running a route directly into my defensive back.

    Then, I manned up the slot corner with the outside wide receiver and put my safety on a deep half this way. I have a defender helping over the top instead of having him on a deep inside quarter, which would not protect the rest of the deep left part of the field. This would be considered a hybrid defense because we are mixing Man Coverage and Zone Coverage into one play.

    Now when the ball snapped, you will see that the receivers did not run out routes or corner routes, but instead ran crossing route. But because we are running a hybrid defense, the crossers ran right into our zones on the right side while still having the two manned up DBS following the crossers.

    But because we lost our zone help on the side we cross manned, it is the users his job to help with any crossing route going to that side. So, as soon as I saw Kelce running across the field where I knew we had no help, I ran with him. And you will see everything was locked up on all sides of the field and the QB threw an easy interception.

    Utilizing cross manning and hybrid defense can not only benefit your coverage, but can completely screw up your opponent's reads.

    4th Play

    Now there's also a blitz that you can create out of Cover 4 Drop in dollar.

    In this case, you want to be sure that the alignment is on base. Then, when you were in the play, pinch the D line and press your secondary. This will make the two curve flat defenders come towards the line and these two players are the defenders that you want to put on a blitz.

    And you will see that even when the running back is blocking, we are able to still get pressure on the QB. But if the blitz doesn't come in, we still need to make sure we have solid coverage on the back end.

    In a trips formation like you see here, I will usually man up the backside linebacker with the single receiver and you can also man up the corner with the running back if you think you'll be going out on a route.

    Now, if you're not a fan of the man assignments, you can also leave the backside linebacker on his default zone or put him on a purple curl flat to help with potential corner outs. On the strong side, though, you'll be using the other linebacker.

    The goal here is to take away quick passes and to try and take away your opponent's first read.

    5th Play

    Now in Dollar, I also run basic Cover 2 Man. But I want to show you an example of how you can optimize Cover 2 Man against certain offensive formations.

    In this play, I saw that the offense was in a trips formation to the boundary. And because there were three wide receivers on the short side of the field, I felt that it would be very tough to run any out breaking route because of how condensed the formation was and with my corners pressing, it would disrupt any route to the outside as well.

    So because there was a high chance that all three of these receivers were running an in breaking route, I shaded my defense to the inside while usering the blitzing linebacker to help with routes going to the middle of the field.

    And you will see that every receiver did in fact run an in breaking route, which led right into our inside shaded corners, which locked every route up and turned into a big pick six.

    6th Play

    In case you need another blitz in your arsenal, we're going to go over DB Blitz Zero in the Dime Formation.

    In this play, you want to make sure to set the alignment to default. And when you get into the play, all you're going to do is pinch the whole defense by pressing RB and down with the left stick, and then you're going to slant your D line inside, but pressing left on the D pad and down with the right stick.

    For you, you want to user the linebacker that is manned up on the running back. Of course, if you have an excellent running back, even better! As long as you have enough MUT 24 Coins, you can achieve this very quickly.

    To make your life easier though, you can shade over to the side of the running back, but to optimize the blitz, hover over one of the defensive linemen or gaps and cover the running back If he goes out on a route.

    And you will see that in this blitz, you'll have instant pressure coming from the edges for big time disruptions and sacks.

  • Madden NFL 24: Everything Old Is Now New In The Game! - Gameplay, Changes, Pros & Cons

    Posted: Aug 09, 2023

    EA Sports’ next upcoming launch is just around the corner with its next installment of the Madden franchise, Madden 24

    The game is scheduled to be released on August 18th 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and of course, on PC as well.


    It’s uncertain whether Madden 24 will be a definitive turning point for the entire Madden franchise. Personally, I believe NFL fans will persist in purchasing the latest annual edition. I also understand that even bad publicity is still good publicity for EA Sports. Nevertheless, we’ll delve into the so-called improvements to the gameplay while also addressing the resounding criticism echoing within the gaming community.

    Some of these changes will involve the removal of the face of the Franchise Mode replacing it with the return of the old Superstar Mode as revealed by producer Connor Dougan

    The new mode focuses on providing players with a more straightforward experience, featuring tiered abilities and real-time player grading while catering to the community’s desire to play as a standout performer in various positions without unnecessary narrative elements.

    In addition, the Yard mode has also been removed as it didn’t resonate well with NFL fans in the Gaming Community. It will be replaced by a three-on-three arcade style game called Superstar: Showdown where players can team up with friends for a fast-paced avatar based gameplay.

    EA is also to reintroduce popular mini-games of the past like, Rushing Attack, a fan favorite that brings back positive Nostalgia. 

    This year’s star on the cover for the game is none other than Buffalo Bills star quarterback Josh Allen. Allen himself is coming off a strong season for the Bills with a whopping overall rating of 94. The two-time Pro Bowler finished third in the league MVP voting, all while helping lead the Bills to a 13-3 record, and their third straight AFC East title. By the way, if you want more powerful players like Josh Allen to join your team, then the prerequisite is that you must have a lot of MUT 24 Coins.

    Historically controversial, Madden 24 player ratings have recently been leaked, leaving many NFL fans head scratching on how the hell they came up with these ratings.

    Meanwhile, the rating of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurts at an overall 88 rating, serves as a clear indication of how these ratings might not be taken seriously. Maybe think twice when you see a Madden simulation game, trying to accurately predict a future game outcome.


    EA has promised us a lot in Madden 24 from new game modes, cross-play functionality, as well as new tweaks to the core gameplay.

    In recent years, Madden’s ratings have dipped very low and many fans of the franchise have not been happy. This has forced the developers to be proactive this year and fix things that have been a disappointment in previous years.

    One of those new improvements is the newest iteration of FieldSENSE technology. This promises to give players a more immersive experience, enhanced foundations of gameplay, and greater overall control. 

    Along with FieldSENSE technology, this brings in new features, such as Hit Everything 2.0 and Skill Based Passing 2.0. This brings in features like dive throws, upgrades to run blocking, and a revamped catching system that is designed to decrease the frequency of missed catches. 

    Another new improvement for Madden 24 is that the game also features Sapien Technology. All the player models’ skeletons have been rebuilt from the ground up. This means that animation should be smoother and have more fluidity on them. EA promises this will upgrade gameplay experience and allow the game’s controls to feel less clunky, compared to some of the previous year’s games.

    One thing many of the longtime fans of the franchise are looking forward to in Madden 24 will be the return of one of the most enjoyed game modes from the 2000s in the Madden franchise, Superstar Mode. This is an offline mode where you’ll play against the computer.

    In Superstar Mode, you’ll create your avatar and start out as a draft pick. After you’ve been drafted, you’ll work your way up the league and work towards becoming an NFL star and building your own legacy. 

    The very popular Franchise Mode will also be receiving improvements, such as added relocation options, modified free agent contracts, and a variety of new mini games as well.

    Franchise Mode was one of the downfalls of Madden 2023 as it had a lot of game breaking issues. So, this game mode hopefully being improved is a great step in the right direction for Madden games.

    EA is somewhat taking everything old is now new philosophy with Madden 24. This will also be joined with the new Superstar: Showdown, a three-on-3 game mode where you can play against your friends in online multiplayer. This game mode has been transformed from the yard that appeared in Madden 23. 

    The Superstar Showdown will be a very competitive space for players. You can challenge your friends, online opponents, or the new and improved AI. You’ll be able to team up with randoms, your own friends, or have the AI on your team. 


    The Madden franchise has taken quite a hit over the years. The franchise was a staple in gaming during the early 2000s, up until the early 2010s. 

    However, over the last decade, the franchise has gone downhill and hasn’t gotten the best ratings overall. In fact, a Madden game hasn’t received an average PlayStation rating of 610 or higher since 2013. The franchise, for many, has become stale and has had many performance issues and glitches over the last few years.

    One plausible explanation for this could be EA Sports lacking significant motivation to introduce groundbreaking innovations. While they may implement minor adjustments and reintroduce some missed mini-games, the question arises. What will truly distinguish a new Madden game from its stagnant predecessors? The Gaming Community seeks substantial advancements and fresh ideas that revolutionize the experience, not just incremental changes year after year. 

    One of the biggest complaints so far about Madden 24 is online play. Players who played the beta submitted many responses saying that the online play had a lot of issues with server connectivity and performance issues, overall leading to online play almost being unplayable as the game is very sluggish and has delayed responses.

    EA is allegedly aware of the issue and is working on it to be improved for the game’s official launch in August.


    Overall, Madden 24 seems promising to some fans. But many fans are still feeling concerned about the game, especially since Madden 23 was somewhat of a disappointment.

    Many have elaborated how they feel the franchise is very stale and aren’t looking forward to it. Many old-time fans have written off the franchise as a whole and haven’t bought any of the games in recent years.

    We continue to hear about the developers taking feedback and promising to work hard on fixing past failures and improve upon their recent issues with the franchise. 

    I’m just not sure the company is organized or incentivized enough to implement the necessary innovations possible when it comes to the Madden franchise. And that is a damn shame.

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