Written by: Jon Scarr
If you want to be successful in Madden 18, one of the things you need is a good defense. A good defense will not only quickly get the ball back in the possession of offense, but more often. I’ve put together a few tips to help you become a defensive powerhouse in Madden 18 to help take your game all the way to the Super Bowl. Read these Tips to become a defensive powerhouse in Madden 18.
Usering a linebacker can be very difficult at first, and to be honest, you are going to have to get beat quite a bit before you fully master it. Usering or User Control is when you are actively controlling a player during a play rather than having the computer control it.
In addition to usering a linebacker, you will want to pay close attention to the plays that your opponent calls. More often than not, you’ll start to see a pattern. Once you learn this pattern, by usering a linebacker you will be able to manually take away your opponents routes. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, at the begging just focus on trying to take one of your opponents routes away and then you can work your way up.
More than anything, it’s important that you learn how to adjust your game based on your opponent. The worst thing you can do is come out and play stock defensive plays every time. If you are facing fast mobile quarterbacks, make sure to put a QB spy on the field. If you are getting pummeled on the flats, put the hard flats on the field.
You want to be able to adjust to what your opponent is doing and by doing this you will start to get stops on defense.
One of the best things you can do to tighten up your defense is to match personnel. I always wait at the play call screen before calling my defense because it allows you to see what players the offense is coming out with.
Let me give you an example of what I mean by matching personnel. Let’s say that the offense is coming out with three wide receivers, one tight end and one running back. In this instance, you want to get as many quarterbacks on the field as they have wide receivers. The reason for this is because you do not want linebackers being matched up with your opponent’s wide receivers.
Linebackers are much slower than wide receivers, so that would be considered a mismatch. By using three quarterbacks, you are starting what is called a nickel formation. All nickel formations have three quarterbacks and two linebackers on the field. By using the nickel formation you’ll have three quarterbacks matched up with your opponent’s three wide receivers.
With 32 different sets of plays for 32 different teams, it can be difficult to know which defensive plays to use. I have found that the majority of Madden players use a fairly simple formula on offense that will help you choose the plays to use on defense.
I have found that by using a zone blitz play on the first down, where the offense is free to run or pass the ball, you can protect against the run and at the same time it puts pressure on the quarterback. By stopping the offense on the first down, it can create a second and long situation where I like to switch to pure zone coverage.
Keep in mind, there is a possibility that your opponent will run on second and long. However, most people usually pass because of the threat of facing a third and long. When it comes to third and long, I liked to stay with using pass-focused zone defense plays. This is the safe route and helps protect against the inevitable pass play. However, on third and short I go for a blitz play by sending five defenders towards the line.
If your opponent is on or near the 50-yard line and its 4th and 2 or less, your opponent might decide to go for it. If you have seen your opponent take big risks early on in the game, I’d suggest picking a defensive play that crowds the line. However, if your opponent is showing punt at the line you can run back with your safety to field the punt before the snap or just let the punt land without fielding it.
Last but not least, you shouldn’t be changing your play calling up too much on defense. I mostly rely on blitz, zone coverage, and plays that perfectly combine them.
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