Since I am tired of arguing with uninformed people on the boards, I decided to make this blog.
The pass rush from 4-3 Defensive Ends in Madden 13 is broken. Period. This has been the case since Madden 11 and nothing has changed one bit. I am so sick and tired of all of the wanna-be Buddy Ryans and Dick Lebeaus on here, I don't know what to do. Every time someone brings up the broken pass rush, some Buddy Ryan wanna-be claims that he can get sacks just fine with his Defensive Ends in the "scheme" that he runs. First off, just stop. Secondly, just stop again. Third, you don't run a "scheme", so stop once more. You're not sitting in Madden diagramming plays on a virtual whiteboard, mapping out gap assignments, run fits, line stunts, coverage techniques, etc... The gameplay in Madden is so basic and bare-bones, that it's virtually impossible to run a "scheme". You are no different than everyone else who plays Madden; You call a play, hope it works and pray to God that Madden doesn't screw you. End of story.
For those that are seeing this "glorious pass rush" from their Defensive Ends, it is only happening in one of two ways, and neither of them is realistic at all.
1. You are "blitzing" or "dogging" other players on your team causing the brain-dead Offensive Linemen to totally disregard the Defensive End right in front of them to block the "blitzing" or "dogging" rusher. This kind of logic is totally backwards, and NOT how REAL football is played. So once again, Madden is BROKEN in this area.
2. The Offensive Lineman is blocking and then "releasing" your Defensive End for no good reason at all. This happens more often on the Right Tackle than the Left Tackle. There are a few times where POWER MOVE Defensive Ends will beat the Offensive Tackle, but forget it for finesse move DE's, even if you user-control them. Go look at the in-game replays and see for yourself. Your DE's will not be using any kind of pass rush moves, and then all of the sudden the Offensive Linemen will just "let him go" to rush the QB. This has NOTHING to do with ratings either, as I put in the scrubbiest DE on the Detroit Lions, only to watch him get after the QB more often than not when he had no business doing so (after I upped the pass rush slider slightly just to get SOME kind of pressure). So for all of the people that talk about a 70-something overall DE getting 23+ sacks in a season for them, isn't that a red flag that something is STILL WRONG with the pass rush, no matter what side of the line you are rushing from?
As I have stated many times, the entire Offensive Line needs to be overhauled from Tackle-to-Tackle and the same is needed for the Defensive Line from End-to-End. Period. Finesse move defensive linemen don't use their pass rush moves at all (or they have useless "traits" that cause them to spin in place like a top), while power move Defensive Ends use their moves a little more, but still get stuck on blocks for far too long. Defensive Tackles become OVERLY-effective when you up the pass rush slider, so that causes more harm than good most times. Furthermore, getting a "sack" in Madden is great, but it happens once or twice a game, and then that player is totally ineffective for the rest of the game, unless the Offensive Lineman decides to "release" him for no reason to go after the QB. We need to see more consistent PRESSURE from the elite DE's where they are causing havoc, getting sacks, and even more importantly, disrupting the passing game on a semi-regular basis.
I hate the fact that people keep putting misinformation out on the boards for EA to see. It's already hard enough to get stuff fixed in Madden, but now you have people believing that poor programming and their faux defensive "schemes" are rendering realistic pass rushing results in Madden 13 when they most certainly are NOT.
And people wonder why Madden is in the shape that it's in now...SMH.
FYI, if anyone wants to see how a REAL pass rush can look/function in a football video game, take a look at this video I came across on YouTube. No surprise it's from All-Pro Football 2K8, and the great part is that I have seen even BETTER videos showcasing the pass rush in All-Pro than this one...SMH once again.