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What New Strategies Are You Using in Madden NFL 19?

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What New Strategies Are You Using in Madden NFL 19?

As we all settle into a new season of Madden NFL, we’re all starting to come into our own in terms of new strategies we’re using versus previous years. So today, we asked the OS staff to detail some of the things they’re noticing and doing this year that is different from prior years.

Josh Houtz

I’ve always been a run-first guy in Madden, but never has it felt so rewarding. Waiting patiently for holes to open, only to explode through the line on your way for a 5-6-yard gain, never felt so rewarding. In addition to the new offensive line play, real player motion (RPM) allows for more dynamic cuts, stiff arms and spins like never before. The run game is definitely more difficult than previous years, but continuing to work at it will create long-term success.

Patience is the key to success in the passing game. I find myself going through my reads quicker and trying to make a throw before the window closes. I tend to user catch more than ever before, especially when trying to make catches in traffic. At least once every two or three drives I try to take a chance deep, using the highlight catch to make a play on the football. You would be surprised how successful this can be. In addition, the tight end in the middle of the field has been money so use all of your resources in the passing game. Lastly, the offensive line is a work of art, and I find myself in awe of the pocket forming around me.

Defensively, I like to use the middle linebacker so I rely heavily on myself in the run game. Offensive line play is much improved, but that doesn’t stop me from shooting the gaps on the way to the ball carrier. Unfortunately, I lack patience and this kills me in the passing game. Oftentimes I am a second late in coverage, resulting in a big gain. My advice? Let the computer assist you when covering HBs and TEs out of the backfield. This will make a big difference. Let’s not forget the hit stick, which has paid huge dividends early on in Madden 19.

As with the improved O-line comes improved defensive line play. The pass rush is much improved in Madden 19 and gives things a more realistic feel. In obvious passing downs, I like to user the DE at times, making things more difficult for my opposition.

Lastly, the secondary plays much more fluid and is better overall in coverage. I feel like I can make better plays on the football when the ball is in the air. Gone are the wonky tipped passes that end up in a receiver’s waiting arms. Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying Madden 19 compared to previous installments.

Joel Smith

I haven’t had as much time as I’d like with Madden, but when I have played I’ve found myself applying my understanding of football and knowing how to read a defense when on offense to have more success this year. When running the ball, patience is king as already mentioned. I’ve always tried to wait for a hole to open up in previous Madden games, but this year I really find myself sticking behind my blockers and using the holes they open up to move the ball on the ground. The addition of the ability to guide yourself off of your block this year by holding up on the right stick is huge. I’ve turned a few plays that have looked to be a loss of yards or a one-yard gain into five and six yards earned just off guiding myself off the block.

In the passing game, I’m starting to quickly learn that patience is also key as well. The secondary and even linebackers are much smarter this year and will jump your routes on your throws. I’ve found myself using the LT/L2 feature a lot more on my short and some intermediate passes to keep the ball away from lurking defenders, hitting my receivers low and away. You’re going to have your open passes and routes, but you still need to be smart with your ball placement when making a pass or the defense is going to punish you.

On defense I’ve had a good bit of success causing fumbles by using the hit stick by flicking up on the right stick. The hits this year in Madden are vicious, especially when you land a clean hit stick. Using the strip ball button (RB1/R1) is also key when making a tackle and trying to cause a turnover.

RPM has definitely changed the way that Madden is played this year, and makes you actually play football and make smart decisions. (Disclaimer: I play on All-Madden, so this might not apply to everybody depending on difficulty played.)

Kevin Scott

Because defenders play balls better than they have in the past, one of the biggest adjustments is having to learn how to read defenses and coverages. In the past, you could rely a lot more on defenders being consistently inept at covering certain routes (corners, for instance) to help you move down the field, but now you actually have to analyze what a defense is doing, look for the holes in coverage or open man, and then get them the ball with the proper type of throw.

Staying on the offensive side of the ball, running requires a little bit more patience than it has in the past. With the new RPM physics in effect, you can’t just spam the sprint button anymore and expect to be successful. It’s now become more about reading your blocks, hitting the holes with a burst and using well-timed jukes to pick up those important extra yards in the open field. In short, a little more like real football.

Matt Llewellyn

Like everyone has said, one of the biggest adjustments is developing a Le’Veon Bell level of patience behind the line. Usually there will be one major running lane to get through for the running back. RPM has greatly changed how running works but it’s not just limited there. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is on defense. No longer is my middle linebacker able to cover the entire middle third of the field. Now I have to read and react to the WR routes and try to keep up.

Also true is I’ve started to make immediate moves after catching a pass since the WR has to plant before turning up the field. This helps to shake off defenders near my receiver and allows me to pick up crucial yards, particularly on crossing routes.

This is also the first year that I’ve felt compelled to manually adjust my audibles for each formation so that once I have an idea of what the defense is running, I have options for different plays to fit the situation. Madden 19 seems to be a more cerebral game than in the past and is more fun as a result.

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  1. I didn’t play Madden 18 but Madden 19 is very hard to adjust to. I haven’t been able to have much success running the ball no matter what RB it never seems to be accurate in terms of real life success rate. Also the defense (defensive backs especially) are the most talented players on the field. I can’t get through a single game without throwing an interception (most games multiple) and when you get behind the INTs just snowball from throwing so much. Everyone online plays zone defense so I feel like my only objective in life is to figure out how to move the ball on a zone defense while not getting sacked every other play. Hopefully it’s a learning curve I need because otherwise the defense is too favored in MADDEN 19. 
    Simcity24Versace
    I didn’t play Madden 18 but Madden 19 is very hard to adjust to. I haven’t been able to have much success running the ball no matter what RB it never seems to be accurate in terms of real life success rate. Also the defense (defensive backs especially) are the most talented players on the field. I can’t get through a single game without throwing an interception (most games multiple) and when you get behind the INTs just snowball from throwing so much. Everyone online plays zone defense so I feel like my only objective in life is to figure out how to move the ball on a zone defense while not getting sacked every other play. Hopefully it’s a learning curve I need because otherwise the defense is too favored in MADDEN 19.*

    Buy madden 18. Better that Madden 19.
    So it is pretty awesome this cycle. Really diving into real football strategy with using my entire playbook.
    I think the most important aspect I am employing is my sequence of play calling, the scripting of drives depending on field position, score and time left. I love that you need to really recognize coverage's better vs the CPU. It is vastly improved from previous versions of Madden. The CPU also is actually adapting to your play calling on both sides of the ball. Something I have been waiting for....for like forever.
    Making your progression reads quickly is critical this year. You really don't have enough time to just sit back and read a novel. Blocking audibles, ID' the Mike and hot routes are vital to success this year. Using your safety valve is also huge. Dump offs are more frequent on Madden 19 (and I am very cool with that). Stepping up in the pocket, using your feet and also taking a sack are better than throwing an ill advised pass into a tight window. The secondary play is far better. Post patch I am having the best Madden experience I have ever had on the console.
    The running game is a thing of beauty. Highly rewarding and far more realistic. Gone are the days of ice skating running backs you can cut on a dime. Momentum is real. The difference between a big back and scat back is crystal clear. RPM has been a huge game changer. Seeing the hole is crucial. Also knowing when it is simply not there is critical. Don't try and bounce out side....swallow your pride and just slam it into the line if the defense has your play snuffed out....better to gain a yard or 2 than lose 4-5.
    Screens are far more strategic now than every before. The CPU will snuff them out in obvious situations. I am having success when I catch the defense by surprise.
    The deep ball is highly earned and highly rewarding. Gone are the days of just chucking it up with high success rates. If you see that one on one matchup you like......audible or hot route that WR and go for it. You get maybe 1-2 shots a game.
    With the new schemes and archetypes I have house ruled not to change it to manipulate the system. I am now drafting and signing free agents with scheme and archetypes as the primary driver first so I can maximize XP and development.
    Really happy with Madden 19 in comparison with the last two efforts (17 and 18). It is actually night and day.
    Armor and Sword

    With the new schemes and archetypes I have house ruled not to change it to manipulate the system. I am now drafting and signing free agents with scheme and archetypes as the primary driver first so I can maximize XP and development.

    I created myself as a head coach and I changed IND’s schemes to fit the current roster and have adopted those as my schemes going forward. Helps with contract negotiations, scouting/drafting and FA signing. I ONLY look at guys who fit the scheme and I love it.
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    Armor and Sword
    So it is pretty awesome this cycle. Really diving into real football strategy with using my entire playbook.
    I think the most important aspect I am employing is my sequence of play calling, the scripting of drives depending on field position, score and time left. I love that you need to really recognize coverage's better vs the CPU. It is vastly improved from previous versions of Madden. The CPU also is actually adapting to your play calling on both sides of the ball. Something I have been waiting for....for like forever.
    Making your progression reads quickly is critical this year. You really don't have enough time to just sit back and read a novel. Blocking audibles, ID' the Mike and hot routes are vital to success this year. Using your safety valve is also huge. Dump offs are more frequent on Madden 19 (and I am very cool with that). Stepping up in the pocket, using your feet and also taking a sack are better than throwing an ill advised pass into a tight window. The secondary play is far better. Post patch I am having the best Madden experience I have ever had on the console.
    The running game is a thing of beauty. Highly rewarding and far more realistic. Gone are the days of ice skating running backs you can cut on a dime. Momentum is real. The difference between a big back and scat back is crystal clear. RPM has been a huge game changer. Seeing the hole is crucial. Also knowing when it is simply not there is critical. Don't try and bounce out side....swallow your pride and just slam it into the line if the defense has your play snuffed out....better to gain a yard or 2 than lose 4-5.
    Screens are far more strategic now than every before. The CPU will snuff them out in obvious situations. I am having success when I catch the defense by surprise.
    The deep ball is highly earned and highly rewarding. Gone are the days of just chucking it up with high success rates. If you see that one on one matchup you like......audible or hot route that WR and go for it. You get maybe 1-2 shots a game.
    With the new schemes and archetypes I have house ruled not to change it to manipulate the system. I am now drafting and signing free agents with scheme and archetypes as the primary driver first so I can maximize XP and development.
    Really happy with Madden 19 in comparison with the last two efforts (17 and 18). It is actually night and day.

    Perhaps the best review for the game I've heard so far. I agree with all points here. I haven't bought a Madden game early in the season in years, and this was a day one purchase for me. Most fun I've had with a Madden game in the longest time.
    And I love the way CPUvsCPU works in this game too. I love doing a franchise that's just coach mode/CPUvsCPU so my team building really sticks out, and not just my skills in the game. And this year has been one of the best I can remember.
    Shamhat1915

    And I love the way CPUvsCPU works in this game too. I love doing a franchise that's just coach mode/CPUvsCPU so my team building really sticks out, and not just my skills in the game. And this year has been one of the best I can remember.

    I play the same way. Mostly coach mode of late as the HC only. Awesome experience with 19 so far.
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    NoleFan
    I play the same way. Mostly coach mode of late as the HC only. Awesome experience with 19 so far.
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    Been one of the best experiences I've been having with a Madden game. The closest I feel we've gotten to Head Coach in the longest time. My only gripe still is the lack of QB running. Haven't really been able to find a fix for that, so I'm just making do without it with the sliders I'm using. It's good enough without that to make it bearable.
    I truly love coach mode/CPUvsCPU. Feels like the proper way to play to me where the ratings truly matter more. And it's fun to watch them play and see what the team you've built can really do.
    The schemes and archetype system is also a really good addition to the game I think. Especially if you focus on building your team to them. I find myself more willing to sign more so-called "depth" players and the like to fill out my team and fit my scheme instead of just getting the best players or only building up those skills to make them good but keep them low overall and "cheese" the system.
    Shamhat1915

    The schemes and archetype system is also a really good addition to the game I think. Especially if you focus on building your team to them. I find myself more willing to sign more so-called "depth" players and the like to fill out my team and fit my scheme instead of just getting the best players or only building up those skills to make them good but keep them low overall and "cheese" the system.

    Yes indeed. That was a huge addition to the game for sure.
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    despite all the options and tasks given to make the game  feel more startegic its still the same old madden   
    you can make constructing a team  as difficult as you want, but its still Madden. 
    after 5/6 game you will realize on the field its the same old madden. 
    it takes great discipline to play the game the way the developers intended for it to  be played.  or you can stick to the same old formula from years past, cause mist likely they still will work. 
    Madden 19 is still a good game of football though.
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