10-05-2006, 11:05 AM
Hey everyone, I play on PC with the browns and I can't seem to stop the run no matter what I do. I've tried the tips in the 3-4 threads but everyone seems to get sucked up in blocks, especially against teams like the chiefs and bengals. Does anyone else who plays with the browns have any team specific tips that could help me?
I don't have any team specific tips for you, but I play with the Rams (another weak run stopping team), so I may have a few helpful tips.
First off, you have to use that run commit feature to give yourself a boost (not every play, just here and there at key times). The problem is, of course, is that it's risky, but without it you are really going to have a long day against the run. So, since we know we have to use it, let's address the problem of it being risky and try to minimize that:
-The first thing to work on is knowing the right times to use it. As the Browns, you will see a lot of 1st down runs, so I'd use it often on 1st downs. But you need to keep tabs on your opponent's tendencies to give yourself the best chance of guessing right. Does he mostly run on 1st downs? Does he hike faster when he runs (if he does, react quickly to use the run feature on a quick hike)?
-One way to minimize risk of the deep ball when using the feature is to play as the FS, and as you hit the run commit, sprint into the backfield to defend the deep ball.
-Another way to minimize risk is to control one of the OLB's (the one on the wide side of the field I suggest), and focus on the QB in case it's playaction, or run to cover the flats or short middle if he drops straight back.
-Keep in mind, it's riskier to use the feature in zone coverage, because your players react to it more than if they are in man to man (but it works better against the run).
When I'm not using the run feature, one thing I like to do that works well is to control the LB on the opposite side that I think he's running to. When the run starts, I sprint across the line to the other side, which puts an extra body in the mix to take away a block or make the play myself.
Another little tip: flat zones help keep your defender to the outside of their blocks.
Hope some of this helps.
10-08-2006, 06:09 PM
The browns are not bad against the run.
Stay in a base 3-4 defense and let Washington cause havoc playing 2 gaps. The browns front 7 is big strong and one of the best fronts to stop the run. It's their pass defense that's suspect
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