How far are you willing to go to win in Madden? In a recent post on SmartFootball.com they highlighted Buddy Ryan’s goal line defense for late-game situations:
The opponent is inside the 5-yard line going in to score. There is less than 15 seconds left. We want to stop their offense from scoring, and in the process, we want to run the clock down to where they have enough time for just one play. So, we will stop them, get penalized half the distance to the goal, but leave them with enough time to run one play. We will then go back to our regular goal line defense and stop them to win the game.
A comment on the post said, “The most interesting thing about it to me is the attention to situational detail. It makes me think of the most successful coaches and their insight into situations more than schemes, maybe?”
Wheels started spinning in my head about what this meant for my Madden game. How much time do we spend on situational play calls in Madden? I assume not enough. The majority of my time is spent working on my scheme. My time in the lab is spent perfecting my setups, but I don’t spend nearly enough time thinking about situations that I could potentially be in throughout a game.
Buddy Ryan went as far as deliberating getting a penalty called on his team to give his team the best chance to win. He has covered that situation when I have not.
What situations should we be paying attention to? How can this help improve our games? Leave a comment below!