View Full Version : Anyone use the Colts
09-28-2003, 09:46 PM
or the Colts' Playbook ?
I really would like to use them online but have had no success.I get my butt stomped.Anyone win with them consistently ?
What Playbook Suits them.Seems like their Playbook has way too much Play action in it.I mean,there are only a handful of situations where play action is an option.Thanks everyone.
09-28-2003, 11:49 PM
The Colts aren't good enough to use versus stiff competition right now. Maybe after the next roster up-date, you'll have better success. With regards to their playbook, (you're right) they do have a lot of play action passes. What you witnessed tonight (real football) versus the New Orleans Saints would'nt have the same effectiveness in Madden.
09-29-2003, 11:06 AM
10-14-2003, 06:56 AM
Still interested in the Colts?
Man the new roster updates must have really boosted them up. I see more and more Colts players on-line, Edg James has lost a step though, no-longer a 90, 91 in speed but that BTK attribute is still there it seems. I played as them on-line and got some good tips here I believe. Defense has improved, so I might give them a run for the mulla.
10-14-2003, 01:19 PM
Hey what's up,
I use the Colts all the time when I play. They may be avg or mediocre but they're my favorite team. I thought for sure that they would be much improved on defense after the updates but I guess EA and Madden aren't really feeling 'em.
I play almost exclusively with the Dungy playbook and the Cover 2 Defensive book. As you mentioned, the Colts PB does have a lot of Play Action, but you have to use the run to set it up. After you are able to establish the run, you can do some damage with the PA. I am an average player, I am still learning and trying to improve, but I have only been blown out once, against the Raiders, and had a rough time against Philadelpia playing a cheeser who ran 4-5 wide all game. So in actuality D-Mac may have a point that they aren't good to use against stiff competition, but I don't know where else to go.
One thing that I have noticed about the Colts is that the FB is very sparce. The FB isn't involved too much in the offense so you have to be creative when running the ball. Remember that you have a ton of weapons on offense so don't worry. You have both great and good receivers, a good RB and don't forget about the two very good TEs. I have noticed when people see the Colts, they think Harrison first and will double team him and will look to cover Pollard, but then you have Wayne and Clark on the other side. Stokely isn't too shabby either if you can get him open.
Be sure to use your whole PB, run out of several formations including the I-Form, the Split Backs formation, Shotgun, and the SB formations which helps to keep your opponent off balance. They can't sit on the run or double team Marvin every play. Running out of several formations also helps because there are a lot of PA plays in each. I usually like to run a lot of plays out of the singleback formation sort of how they do in real life taking advantage of the TEs and WRs. As someone mentioned, Edge may have lost a step but he is still one of your best weapons. In order to take advantage of the playbook you have to run the ball. Regardless of if you're gaining 2-3 yards per play, don't abandon the run because it sets up the rest of your offense. As I mentioned earlier the FB is sparce, but be sure to take advantage of the fact that you have two TEs also. You have to keep your opponent guessing.
As for defense, I use the Cover 2 playbook. You can't play with them man to man a lot like Miami, I learned when I first started using them, I was having a rough time getting killed on D. I had them looking Gosh-awful. Don't get me wrong they can play some man, but don't run it exclusively. The thing about their defense is don't try to over due them or make them something they're not. When I started using the Cover 2 book, I started doing a lot better with them. You really have to think a lot when playing with the Colts on defense, really work on not giving up the big play. You have to play with a bend don't break mentality. After I started using this approach and playing to their strengths, I started doing a heck of a lot better with them. I've surprised a lot of opponents because they just want to attack them and go deep, but I've gotten way more interceptions that I had anticipated with them.
All in all, you have to be patient on offense. Take your time and continue to run the ball it sets up killer PA. You can pick teams apart with Manning back there. He's no scrambler, but the O-line is decent and you can always keep a RB or TE back too. On defense you just have to play like a DB, have a short memory and get back out there.
Well I hope this helps, if you haven't already given up on 'em. Keep in touch and maybe we can exchange gameplay ideas or tips in the near future, or maybe even play a game or so if you're up to it.
10-15-2003, 11:34 PM
For the Colts I would use the Cover 2 defense. Their line will generate enough pressure, their cb's are not good enough to play a bunch of man. On Offense I would use james out of the backfield in the passing game. Dungy's playbook has some great playaction plays, but you have to establish the run first. I like the Pro set hb circles, look for the TE first running a streak then one of the rb's. They also have the circle's play in the shotgun 2RB/3WR set, and also Quick slants out of that same formation is real good too.
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