Do Legacy Games Get A Reprieve From Letting You Down?

Madden 13 has received great reviews from mainstream media, but when it comes to hardcore users – not so much.  Why is it then, that this game is selling like hot cakes with crack sauce?

If you don’t get your annual Madden fix will it be an itchy year?

It seems as if this is true to some extent.  While EA Tiburon made significant strides with the development of Madden 13 they still somehow managed to anger a faction hardcore community enough that they are up in arms over numerous ‘scandals’ that they seem to be taking personally.

Tebow for a moment and consider a world without annual releases.

Why is it then that they buy the game every year even if they think it is terrible or a let down?

Many of the problems that are prevalent in the gaming and software world revolve around giving the end-user just enough improvement or subtle tweaks that they want to give it a chance.  The expectations are so high that consumers don’t even look for things that will impress them.  Their eyes are studying every pixel for a flaw and every player movement for the slightest inaccurate animation.  This doesn’t mean they are wrong to be angry about not seeing the improvements they want to see… it just means they aren’t privy to what the corporation’s plan for consumer development and profit margins – rather than actual game improvement.

Don’t think for a moment that the developer is the only ‘guilty’ party.  The fact of the matter is that you are enabling a company to continue making what you term to be ‘broken’ games because you are buying them every single year.

If someone came to you asking for advice on how to deal with a person that continuously lets them down.  Every time they make plans something comes up.  Every time they say something, they find out it is a lie or maybe just an exaggeration.

What would you tell them?

Chances are good that you would advise them to end that relationship or step away from it slowly if they are worried about hurting feelings.

My question to those of you are continuously disappointed with Madden every year (or any other game – Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, etc.) is –

Are you obligated to purchase any of these things every single year?

If you don’t like the product you are buying every year, stop giving the company that makes it the power to keep making it.  Talk with your pocket-book rather than your angry fingers… money is the only language businesses speak.  If that means you have to take a course on Rosetta Stone in order to learn how to grow a monetary backbone – do it.

Stop giving annual releases a reprieve if you don’t like what you are getting – take the power back.

Madden 13 – Initial Review (Gameplay and Connected Careers Coach Mode)

It plays like Madden.  Don’t come into Madden 13 and expect the new infinity engine to blow your mind with some sort of interaction that would make you mistake it for real-life.  It won’t do that – yet, but it is on the right path.


Madden 13 feels a lot like Madden 12 in regards to overall player movement and feel.  You will notice a bit more momentum for players as you try to change directions in Madden 13, but it isn’t enough to make anyone notice.  EA has always had to keep the crisp controls in Madden for people that want immediate player movement rather than some sort of true momentum (like 2K football) – again, Madden 13 still feels like Madden from the ‘controlling players’ perspective.

The infinity engine is obviously in a very early stage in its retail life as Madden 13 is the first game it has come out for.  There are still some weird looking rag-doll effects that happen on occasion and it often seems like players don’t really have arms as they just collide into eachother for an apparent tackle.  This is something that I expected with the new physics engine this year and I will let some of it slide, but there needs to be a bit of clean-up in the upcoming patch.

In terms of in-game injuries you will most likely want to turn the injury slider up to around 60 as it gives you just enough to make it realistic and keep you on your toes (I lost Brandon Weeden to a dislocated knee in Week 1 but also managed to smack DeSean Jackson and break his ribs for a nice 2 Week absense).  You will notice that many of these injuries don’t really follow the physics, so keep in mind that many of them are random.

It is still relatively easy to stop the CPU running game as they just seem over-matched at the line and a little too easy to bring down if they do get past the line of scrimmage.  The CPU passing game is better than Madden 12 but it could use some help from an AI logic perspective as the CPU still throws short passes when it needs 8+ yards, etc.

Penalties are still a crapshoot.  It seems that EA doesn’t really know how to implement them in the game without them either being too touchy or non-existent.  Roughing the Passer (when turned up to 65) will give you some of the worst Roughing the Passer flags ever.  Outside of that you will also rarely see pass interference, offsides or false starts.


Coach Mode feels a lot like NFL Head Coach.  If you never played Head Coach you should simply think of it as a much deeper Franchise Mode that gives you a more personal feel for the game.  Some of the trade logic is still a little wonky as I was able to Trade Colt McCoy and a 4th Rd Pick to the Raiders for Terrelle Pryor.  Whether that was an even trade or not I don’t know but it felt suspect when they accepted it.

Another nice touch is putting players on the Trade Block.  You will see offers on the front page of your tasks and get to weigh the options you have as far as trades go.  When it comes down to logic with the CPU there aren’t nearly as many strange cuts during the pre-season and you will see some surprises by the time you get halfway through the pre-season as far as who gets cut from CPU teams.

Scouting for the draft is a much more intricate experience as you will really need to develop a knowledge of the players rather than picking them randomly throughout the year.  You have a certain amount of points and depending on what type of information you want on the designated player it could cost you a bit of points.  This is by far one of the more interesting and fun aspects of Madden’s Connected Careers (Coach Mode).


This is probably the biggest jump Madden has made in the past seven years.  The Infinity Engine is nice enough, but where this game really gets its mojo is in Connected Careers and the depth that hasn’t been in a Madden game – maybe ever.

This game falls just short of a ‘must buy’ at this moment but if the correct fixes are put in for a patch it will be a serious contender for best sports game of the year.

By The Numbers

Gameplay – 7.5/10 – There is still a lot to be desired from the infinity engine as you will see in some of our videos.  The game still plays much like its predecessors in almost every regard, but it is still lacking in player interactions.  This is something that must be addressed in Madden 14.  On top of direct gameplay and controller interaction – it is vital that penalties get overhauled as well.

CCM (Coach) – 9/10 – Almost everything you could want in this mode.  The only thing that is really missing?… player morale.  While players will refuse to sign a contract with your team there still isn’t a decent interaction going on between the players and coaches.  You will however be pleased with the depth in this mode as it truly opens up player development with the XP System and then the new draft interface… it is safe to say that you will be happy if you love Franchise Mode and decide to buy Madden 13.


OVERALL – 8.5/10 

There are still many facets of this game that we need to look at more in-depth, but it is a safe bet that if you need a football fix this year and you love the NFL – get this game.  It is hands down, the best Madden ever, but that doesn’t mean we don’t expect more.  I could easily see this game finishing close to 9/10 if it proves to be a somewhat enjoyable experience online.

Keep checking back with NoobTubeTV for more updates on Madden 13!

Madden 13 Review Coming Soon

As it happens, EA Sports is allowing XBox Live and Playstation Network users to play their sports games early.  It is in this spirit that we are going to try and help you decide whether or not to buy or pre-order Madden 13.  You will still have ample time to make an informed decision before the game is released on August 28.

To call it a review is a misnomer – we will be featuring a series of reviews over the next few days that will cover everything from gameplay to specific modes and even the online experience.  If you have any questions or requests please post them in our comments section or hit us up on Twitter – @NoobTubeTV. 

Stay tuned to NoobTubeTV for reviews and updates on everything Madden 13 over the next few days.

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All Madden 13 Player Ratings (On-Disc Roster)

EA Sports has released the full roster of players and their ratings for Madden 13.  Some players like Terrell Owens, Jeff Demps  and Josh Gordon are missing (among others) strictly because their signings and other moves weren’t available before Madden 13 was finalized for release.

You will have to download the updated roster if you want these other players on your game.

CLICK HERE FOR THE RATINGS!  (Make sure you can open Excel files, as this is in spreadsheet form)

If you want to find a certain player without scrolling – use the “CTRL+F” command to bring up the ‘Find’ Function and type in the name you are looking for.

Happy Gaming!

You Can’t Teach Speed – Outsmarting Your Opponents

Whenever I talk to jaded gamers about playing games like Call of Duty, Halo or any other online shooter they usually tell me that the game is too fast.  While I agree that online First Person Shooters (FPS) are rather fast paced you also shouldn’t let this stop you from playing the games you’d like to enjoy.  As we get older we tend to lose a lot of our quick ‘twitch’ reflexes (especially in gaming).  Look at athletes or any other person that relies on their physical abilities early in their career only to have to switch to a more cerebral approach later on.

For those of you that don’t have the ‘reaction time’ for some of your favorite games, it might be time to come to terms with the fact that you are ageing.  It sounds almost comical from a gaming perspective but really there are many more tactics and strategies that can help your performance than the twitch reflexes you have lost (or never had).

Plan Your Movements

Even if you have to think about your movements in a calculated manner for each match you are probably thinking more than any of your other opponents and therefore – gaining an advantage.  It isn’t that someone with fast reflexes doesn’t think but they tend to operate in a more instinctive fashion.  The benefit you gain from planning out your attacks is that you actually work out multiple potential problems as you advance.  A prime example of this can be found in the following clip from the movie Sherlock Holmes –

Know Your Speed and Stick To It

Nothing can screw up your gaming ability more than playing out of your element.  If you have an opponent in Madden that prefers to play a no huddle offense and leave you grasping for time outs or hopeful incomplete passes you shouldn’t stoop to their level when you get the ball.  Slow the game down, take your time with every snap and adjustment (we will have a full feature on how to do all these things in Madden 13 over the next week).

Always make it your mission to play ‘your’ game.  It is vital for you to take every opportunity to make your opponent think and sometimes overthink everything they are doing.

When playing a game like Call of Duty there are often only two types of players in a team deathmatch setting:  Campers and Rushers.  Campers hate to be forced out of their favorite spots and rushers hate having to stop and slow down to kill a well placed camper.  It is really the ultimate conundrum when it comes to gaming and it can provide you with the ability to create a third type of COD player… a hybrid of camper and rusher.  We will call it a Cramper.

One of the videos I posted back in April shows you the best of both worlds –

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‘Simulation’ – The Ultimate Level to Measure Subjectivity In Sports Games

Press ‘A’ to hike the ball.

As soon as you start playing a sports game – whether it is the tip-off, first pitch, face-off or even kick-off… it is never a true simulation and it will never be.

With the release of Madden 13 in only one week there are a lot of people huffing and puffing around the sports gaming forums about whether or not Madden 13 is a true simulation or (in many other cases) pouting in digital print that it doesn’t represent the game as they would like to see it on a video game.

I am not here to take sides.  If this were a war I would be the guy in Switzerland that is right on the border watching the idiotic fighting and on occasion maybe taking a few shots at either side if I get bored.  So, before you come clamoring at my comments section saying something like the visitor we had in early July.  Basically we are in a situation where there is no right answer to this multi-faceted question(?) or demand(?) – How can a company create a perfect simulation sports game?

To answer in short… they can’t.  At least in this regard they can’t create a game that is perfect in the eyes of everyone (or anyone).  As soon as you join a sports gaming forum or community you will see quite a few fanboys for certain games and then you will see the end of the spectrum that devote their sports gaming life to lobbying for certain features, animations, uniform colors, equipment and every other tiny detail to be the way they want it to be.  It isn’t a question of if they are right or wrong; it is a notion of their opinions holding any water at all.

Undoubtedly, you will eventually also start telling people in the community about a great game you played with the Cavs and you beat the Miami Heat; or how you want the Super Bowl with the Browns or the National Championship with Western Michigan and how you had a fantastic experience.   The response you will get almost every single time…

“Sounds like you need to up the difficulty or change your sliders!  No way in hell the Browns will win the Super Bowl!”

On occasion, I have even been guilty of making such comments or posting such news about my own career mode.  Either way it goes, the bottom line is that one man’s great time in gaming is another man’s slap in the face to all things ‘simulation’ or “SIM” as the community likes to call it.

What Is ‘Sim’?

There are multiple levels in which you can subjectively build your own criteria for what makes your experience feel like a ‘true simulation’ (for some reason I am picturing myself as the pretentious Dr. Frasier Crane when I say that).

We will start with some basics for football (American Football)

– Kick or punt on 4th down when out of field goal range

– Don’t run the same play more than (insert quantity here) times

– Don’t sub players out of position for speed purposes

– Don’t make trades that ‘wound never happen’ (we will cover this later in more detail)

– Don’t nano blitz

Now that we have our brief list of guidelines for how to play the game in a more simulated fashion we should be ok, right?

Wrong!  Because if you don’t have your sliders set up ‘right’ you won’t have the optimum experience with challenging opponents in the CPU.  We won’t go into the sliders – just know that there are groups of gaming intellectuals out there that smell and caress them like a fine wine that must be nurtured and built into perfection.  The moral of this brief trip into the social world of sports gaming is that it is full of opinion, conjecture and a bunch of gym class heroes that might have played division 3 college football with Uncle Rico… and they want you to love and respect their opinions.

Don’t Sign That Free Agent – It Isn’t ‘Sim’

As soon as you start a career in Madden 13 as a coach you will probably want to look at the Free Agents available.  However, you should probably keep in mind that if you are a Browns fan like me and you want to target someone like Shaun Merriman or Plaxico Burress you shouldn’t tell your fellow ‘sim’ nazis on the forums.

“They would never sign with your team in real life!” is usually the response you will get.

Welcome to the Sim Gaming Club – where we try to feel like we are important and know more about sports than anyone else.

The rebuttal should be (but not on the forums – that is how you get banned from their Empire Club) –

“No… really?  Who knew that the Browns would also hire ME to COACH THEIR TEAM and then make trades, sign players and even draft new players next season – STFU!?”

The point is that once you take control of anything in the game, whether it is as a coach or a player on the field and you are making decisions that influence the game it is officially a form of entertainment.  Don’t let someone else ruin your entertainment on forums.  You wouldn’t go to a movie and put up with some know-it-all behind you pointing out how Jason Bourne’s form of martial arts isn’t true ju jitsu.  You would either ignore him or tell him to shut his mouth.  This approach should be taken with ‘sim’ nazis as well.  Although, I highly suggest that you either ignore them or be polite if you want to stay in the community.

The Bottom Line

I am here to tell you to have a good time and play the game however the hell you want to.  If you want some help or guidance on either the finer points of the game or maybe you even want to know what my settings or opinion is on settings, let me know through our comments section, send us an email at or send us a message on our Facebook Page.

Our Game Changer Ideas – Click The Links and Vote! (Must have EA Sports Login)

As we get closer to Madden 13 it is time to start looking to the future and trying to make Madden better.

We are submitting ideas to EA Sports and the Game Changer community.  Do you have any suggestions for us to add or have you added some yourself?  Here are some of our latest suggestions!

“End Game” Option When Taking A Knee

With a huge lead and no way for the opponent to stop the clock there should be an option in the Special Teams menu for “QB Kneel – End Game”.

This would save a few minutes of waiting around for the inevitable victory.


Losing Teams and Players Don’t Celebrate

Players like Tom Brady shouldn’t celebrate touchdowns when they are still losing by 21+ points with less than 2 minutes left. If anything they should be scowling and angry or some other sort of reaction that says ‘this isn’t enough’ if they are losing the game.


Winning Important Games Should Make For Bigger Celebrations

Divisional games and playoff clinching games should end with bigger celebrations from players and coaches. This shouldn’t be limited to the Super Bowl or even playoff games, but also with games in the division like the Browns beating the Steelers. Also, a team clinching the division or a wild card spot in the playoffs should have players and fans that celebrate, cheer and go crazy.

Madden 13 – Live Draft Videos Show Tremendous Effort At EA

As a Browns fan one of the biggest (if not, THE biggest) days every year is the NFL Draft.  A lot of people feel this way but for teams like the Browns and all of the Browns Backers out there, it is a day where we fill ourselves with hope and beer as we watch and listen for rumors of who will be taken to turn our team around.  In the past, Madden’s Franchise Mode has grown to be a serviceable game mode but the one thing that has been lacking was atmosphere and purpose in the off-season and especially in the draft.  This year that has changed and we are happy to embed a video by one of EA’s Game Changers (MadScientist06) that shows you what the NFL Draft feels like in Madden 13.

While there are some things that I would like to see tweaked for Madden 14 and beyond, this is one of the finest examples of growth in Franchise Mode that I have seen in years.

What I Love –

+ Limiting Picks to 2-minutes – This is one of the things that had to be done to give every pick the urgency you feel as a viewer on draft day.  Sure, in reality you have more than two minutes, but in Madden it is you and your scouting expertise with a controller and a twitch reaction of pressing the ‘A’ or ‘X’ button (depending on your console).  This is a great move either way you spin it.

+ Story-Lines For Certain Players – Stories are what make sports so amazing.  Try to watch the Olympics or the NFL Draft without hearing about some guy who showed up one day and amazed people with his ability.  Or on the flipside, remember that player that was supposed to be the number 1 pick and he ended up falling to the second round because of work ethic or something else entirely?… that is what the draft is about and it is finally in Madden.

+Twitter Feed – Bringing in personalities from the sports community was genius.  I love to hate Skip Bayless most of the time and when he called MadScientist06’s pick of Corey Dallas the culmenation of  “…Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest!… A TERRIBLE pick!…” This is what I have been waiting for since Madden 2005’s boos and cheers.

What Makes Me Nervous

– Draft Logic – It is one of those things that has been improved over the years, but some teams are still making questionable decisions in the draft.  At one point you see the Rams taking a Quarterback – they already have Sam Bradford, but who knows… maybe he broke his arm?  Either way, this is something that should be perfected over time and you will probably give some picks a strange look.  You could always just say that the spirit of Al Davis is possessing people.

– Unlocking Ratings – I have never been a fan of Madden’s rating system being thrown out there as the end-all/be all for how a player is judged.  I love that you have to spend points on opening certain ratings but in reality this isn’t a good simulation of how information is gathered (at least from a fan’s perspective).

– Scouting Still Limits You – If you take a look at’s combine coverage, they list the stats and times of every player that participated.  I don’t really think you should be able to see every rating of each player, but I should at least have the resources as a coach/owner to look on the internet and look at a player’s 40-time if he was at the combine.  In the future I would like to see this presented with a ‘range’ of times if we are looking at speed.  The Raiders base most of their drafts off of combine numbers while the Patriots look at their scouting over the year.  You should have both options and especially the combine numbers for every player.

Keep tuning in to NoobTubeTV as this is going to be a very busy week in the world of Madden (only 8.5 days left until release day).

Picking Your Team In Connected Careers Mode – Madden 13 (Player Edition)

It is the first and most important question you must ask before you play a career mode in any sports game.

“On which team should I choose to coach or play?”

In Madden 13 you will first have to make a choice as to whether you want to be a player or a coach.  In that spirit, we are happy to present you with a full summary of each team’s needs as they are provided by EA Sports in the Connected Careers manual – although they are completely re-worded.

Choosing to be a player will entail a bit more focus on where and how you want your career to start.  The goals you will have to achieve will differ depending on your back-story; but the real decision you need to make as a player will be which team you want to try and become a starter.  This all comes back to which players each team needs and that is our focus in this article – the easiest teams and positions to start a career in Madden 13 as a player.

Arizona Cardinals – Quarterback, Tight End, Outside Linebacker and Cornerback

When it comes to playing for the Cardinals, they could be the top choice for many wanna-be Quarterbacks.  You will start with having one of the best receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald and also one of the better young prospects in Michael Floyd.  Outside of that, you shouldn’t have a lot of competition from the likes of John Skelton or the apparently terrible trade acquisition of Kevin Kolb.

Arizona also has a wide open role for someone to play Tight End (TE), granted – this means you will have to also replace hometown hero, Todd Heap who played his college ball in Arizona.  Here’s hoping you can get the QB to throw you the ball when you are competing for touches with Fitzgerald and Floyd though.

On defense it is really a matter of either being an effective outside linebacker or being the other cornerback to help the outstanding Patrick Peterson.  Peterson is quickly becoming one of the most impressive young talents in the NFL but he can only guard one receiver at a time.  That could be a good opening for you to step up and help in Arizona.

Atlanta Falcons – Guard, Middle Linebacker, Strong Safety, Tight End and Quarterback

Starting your career in Atlanta will present you with a tough task as a player.  If you want to be a starting QB you will probably have to wait at least one season to overtake Matt Ryan.  Although, the potential is there to amaze coaches as the second coming of Brett Favre (sorry Falcons fans – had to say it) you will have to earn your stripes and prove that you are better than Matty Ice.

The Falcons need some help on defense and that will give you a nice opportunity to try and step in as a Middle Linebacker or a Strong Safety.  The benefit of these positions is that they give you a great opportunity to be an enforcer on defense.  Want to lay out receivers coming over the middle – why not do it in Hotlanta?

Baltimore Ravens – Outside Linebacker, Safety, Tight End and Cornerback

Baltimore was a true title contender last season.  Naturally, they really don’t have a lot of needs but that doesn’t mean you can’t play there.  Your best bet is to come in as a receiving Tight End to help Joe Flacco with a decent outlet when his receivers can’t get open.

You are also looking at openings at Linebacker and Cornerback as the Ravens are starting to age on defense, they will need to find replacements for players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.  Outside linebacker might give you a solid chance to come in as a pass rushing monster in Baltimore.

Buffalo Bills – Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Cornerback and Safety

It isn’t really a question of whether you will play much on the Bills.  It is a question of where you want to play.  Buffalo hasn’t had a real Quarterback since Jim Kelly and their receivers aren’t exactly big names either.  Stevie Johnson can easily be complimented with a WR that can run routes decently (and not drop easy touchdowns to win big games).  The same can really be said at Tight End as the Bills need all the help they can get.

On defense, they have the line on lock with the likes of Marcel Dareus and Mario Williams.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t provide aid as a defensive back like a prototype cornerback or even a balanced safety.  When it comes to Buffalo, don’t expect a lot of wins – but there is a lot of room for you to get playing time and maybe even build them into a winner behind your efforts.

Carolina Panthers – Guard, Wide Receiver and Free Safety

Want a good piece of advice?  Don’t try to be a Quarterback for the Panthers.  You won’t be overtaking Cam Newton any time soon.  On the other hand, you can come in an compliment Steve Smith as a decent route running WR or look to start as soon as possible as a Free Safety.  With the Panthers, there really aren’t a ton of options because they are so young and talented.  However, when it comes down to it there are some openings for you to jump in and join the fray.

Chicago Bears – Offensive Line, Defensive Tackle and Safety

Da Bears are one of the most talented teams in the NFL and you will have a tough time starting from the get-go.  However, if you are looking for a more sure-fire way to start for the Bears  you should try to become a receiving tight end or possibly a safety.  If you want to eventually become the next Middle Linebacker in Chicago, you will have to serve as a back-up for Brian Urlacher and earn your stripes.

Cincinnati Bengals – Red-Zone Threat Wide Receiver, Tight End, Right Guard, Field General Quarterback  and Strong Safety

The Bengals are an interesting situation because if you want to be the quarterback that brings them back to their Super Bowl days of the late 1980s you will need to be a solid Field General.  Andy Dalton is good, but you can come in and replace him with a little bit of work and focus on being consistent.  AJ Green is the #1 WR on this team, but they need a second option – so if you don’t want to try and replace the Ginger Ninja, you can always come in and catch passes from him.  You can also push for a spot as the Bengals runningback as they have been a team in flux at that position since Corey Dillon left the team years ago.

On defense you will have a hard time getting a starting job as they are one of the best defenses in the NFL.  However, they can always use a great enforcer at strong safety and if you don’t mind laying down the law they won’t mind you in Cincinnati.

Cleveland Browns – West Coast Quarterback, Red-Zone Threat Wide Receiver, Left Guard, Right Tackle and Run Supporting Safety

Face it, Cleveland is terrible if you want a winning team.  However, if you want a chance to start and bring the team back to the glory days of the 1960s or even the mid-1980s you could always be the West Coast Quarterback that the team has been waiting for.  While you shouldn’t try to come in and replace the highly touted Trent Richardson at HB there is definitely an opening for you to step in as the #1 Wide Receiver for Brandon Weeden.

On the defensive side of the ball the Browns are only a few pieces short of being one of the best teams in the league.  They are pretty much set on the defensive line but that shouldn’t keep you from pushing for a spot as a run supporting safety or maybe even a decent outside linebacker.

Dallas Cowboys – Speed Wide Receiver, Balanced Free Safety, Prototype Strong Safety

The Cowboys have some solid options at WR, but the door is open to come in as a Speed WR and contribute right away. Even with a little practice and standout games in the preseason, you may just start the season as Tony Romo’s go-to guy. On defense, you can make a splash as a Balanced FS or Prototype SS.

Denver Broncos –

You won’t replace Peyton Manning any time soon.  However, you could always try and become his favorite target (assuming you can take he eyes off Demaryus Thomas) and become a possession WR that gladly flies over the middle like Wes Welker does for Tom Brady.  You could also try to emulate Dallas Clark and become a receiving TE that makes every dump-off throw look like an intentional pass because you are just that good.

On the defensive side of things the Broncos are aging at cornerback but could really use some help in the safety position.  Make it your mission to remind people of the great John Lynch or Brian Dawkins and you will be a welcome addition in Denver’s defense.

Detroit Lions – Speed Runningback, Run Support Safety, Balanced Cornerback and Possession Wide Receiver

Detroit is one of the more interesting teams to roll with because they are so young and talented at many positions but they are still lacking enough to make that final stride deep into the playoffs.  You can come in and prove yourself to be a great option at runningback if you do well in practices.  They really need someone to come in and convince opposing defenses that every play isn’t a pass.  In the same breath, you can also try and develop yourself to play second fiddle to Megatron (Calvin Johnson) and make secondaries hate playing the Lions even more.

Detroit still needs a lot of help in their own secondary and could use you right away if you are a great man coverage cornerback or a great safety – they won’t be picky.

Green Bay Packers – Balanced Runningback and Safety

The Packers were 15-1 last year and really don’t need a lot of help.  However, they do need someone to take some pressure off of Aaron Rodgers and run the ball a few times every game.  It might be tough to get a lot of yards rushing in this pass-happy offense – but if you want to make your mark as a starter early in the season, you have come to the right place.

On defense the Pack can really use someone at safety.  They lack the type of playmaking guy that other teams like the Steelers have in Polamalu and that would truly make this defense even more fearsome.

Houston Texans – Red Zone Threat Wide Receiver, Playmaking Strong Safety

Houston doesn’t need a lot of help in their tremendous offense, but Andre Johnson would appreciate you taking some of the pressure off of him as a second option for their passing attack.

On defense the Texans need an enforcer in the middle secondary and if you could prove to be that type of monster that makes people go “Woo!” you will be a welcome addition to the Texans’ defense.

Indianapolis Colts – Take Your Pick – Runningback, Receiver, Anything…

According the the CCM Manual you can even come in and replace Andrew Luck at QB.  While we would discourage this from a common sense perspective, it is pretty much your choice with the Colts.  Where they need the most help on offense is in the running game.  They built a team for passing with Peyton Manning but now they need to learn how to develop something that doesn’t implode after one guy leaves.

In that same breath, the Colts haven’t really had a feared defense.  They can use pretty much anyone as a linebacker and if you want to be a decent coverage cornerback, they could use you there as well.  This is a team in shambles and they need you more that you need them.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Field General Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Safety

The Jaguars are a team in flux.  They have a new owner that looks like Mario and with a name like Khan – it is only a matter of time before this sunshine state team feels his wrath with a move to Los Angeles.  That said, you can come in and replace their terrible Quarterbacks (take your pick) on day one.  The other move would be to come in as a receiver and hope the terrible quarterback situation will pan out at least for your stats – if not the win column.

On defense they really need someone to play safety.  It shouldn’t be too bad from a statistical point of view as the Jaguars are almost as terrible as the Colts.

Kansas City Chiefs – Field General Quarterback, Receiving Tight End, Run Stopping Strong Safety

The Chiefs thought they had a winner in Matt Cassell.  Little did they know that it was a stupid idea to assume a quarterback would do well just because he did a decent job on an elite team before his arrival.  Cassell can be replaced if you want to come in as a QB on Day One.  Outside of that, you can also be a receiving Tight End and make people forget about Tony Gonzalez.

On defense you can team up with Eric Berry and make it a very scary place for receivers to go.  Become an enforcer on defense and you might bring this team closer to ‘the next step’.

Miami Dolphins – West Coast QB, Wide Receiver, Receiving Tight End and Safety

The Dolphins have a strange quarterback situation that could allow you to jump ahead of Ryan Tannehill.  While we wouldn’t suggest that for the same reason we don’t suggest trying to overtake Andrew Luck (See the Colts, above) it is still possible.  On the other hand, the real spot to reach for will be as a Wide Receiver with the recent dismissal of Chad Johnson.  Assuming there is no option to head-butt your wife in Connected Careers, you should be guaranteed a spot on the Dolphins as a WR.

If you prefer, you can also try to become a receiving tight end for Tannehill and that could make you the next Rob Gronkowski.  At least when you are in South Beach you will have a legitimate reason to take your shirt off and make the cover of TMZ.

On defense you can come in and start as a safety simply because they are that desperate.  In Miami you really have a lot of options for a team that will have a tough road ahead in the talented AFC East.

Minnesota Vikings – West Coast Quarterback, Receiving Tight End, Cover 2 Middle Linebacker, Safety

The Vikings are a team that were on the cusp of greatness with Brett Favre only a few short years ago.  Since his third retirement they have been searching for hope in all the wrong places.  Adrian Peterson can’t do it by himself and you certainly can’t do better – so don’t try to step in at runningback.  You can come in at Quarterback on day one and compete to be the starter.  Also, there is plenty of room for you to be the receiving tight end that they haven’t had for a long time if ever.

On defense the Vikings have the great Jared Allen at defensive end.  However, you can come in and be the monster they need as a middle linebacker or even as a safety.  The Vikings had a top tier defense only a couple years ago.  It is time for someone to make them powerful again.

New England Patriots – Balanced Runningback, Man Coverage CB, Safety

On offense you need them more than they need you.  Tom Brady has no equal at his position and his receivers certainly don’t need your ‘depth’.  On the other hand, you can come in and be a decent runningback if you do well during the preseason.

On defense, the Pats could use someone to step up as a great cornerback or feared safety.  Outside of that you will have a relatively tough time playing in New England.

New Orleans Saints –  Red Zone Threat Wide Receiver, Run Support Cornerback

Unless you put out a bounty for Drew Brees you won’t be the quarterback for the Saints.  That said, you can be one of his receiving targets if you work hard as a red-zone receiver.  The Saints are one of the best offenses in the NFL, it will be tough to do much else.

On defense they are also stacked but could use you as a run support cornerback.  With enough hard work you can play for the Saints but when it is all said and done it will be tough to be a day one starter here in your first season.

New York Giants – Receiving Tight End, Balanced Middle Linebacker

The Giants won the Super Bowl last year.  They really don’t need a lot of help anywhere.  That said, Eli Manning could use you as a receiving tight end to help take pressure off his great receivers.

On defense you will have the best chance to overtake Chase Blackburn as middle linebacker.  Blackburn made an amazing interception while guarding Rob Gronkowski in the Super Bowl but you can try and become the ‘every play’ MLB if you perform well.

New York Jets – Balanced Quarterback, Outside Linebacker

The Jets have a quarterback controversy already.  The benefit for you is that neither of them is really that impressive.  Tebow is a name more than a real quarterback and Sanchez is one of the most overrated quarterbacks in recent memory.  You can come in and make everyone start screaming as there is a three way (don’t make this weird) quarterback controversy.

On the other hand, you can try and catch throws from these crappy QBs as a possession receiver that compliments Santonio Holmes.

Defense is the name of the game for the Jets as Rex Ryan has made them one of the best in the league.  However, if you want to make this defense that much better you are better off trying to do it as the LOLB.  Outside of that, you will have to wait awhile to play on this defense.

Oakland Raiders – Speed Wide Receiver, Prototype Cornerback

The Raiders haven’t changed much since the death of Al Davis.  They still prefer speed over anything and if you want to be that type of receiver that burns past everyone – Oakland is your home.  Otherwise, they are set with great talent on offense.

On defense they lost a lot when Nnamdi Asomugha left for Philly.  If you can be the prototype cornerback this team needs you might help them become a true playoff contender.

Philadelphia Eagles – Receiving Tight End, Prototype OLB, Run Support Strong Safety

The Eagles are talented.  While they weren’t the ‘Dream Team’ that some crackheads (Vince Young) thought they would be they are mighty powerful on offense.  Your best bet is to try and overtake Brent Celek as a receiving tight end by the end of your first season.  Outside of that, you really don’t have an offensive option to start in your rookie year.

On defense they need some help from the outside edge with an outside linebacker.  Their most glaring weakness is at safety – Brian Dawkins has been missed greatly and if you can be the enforcer they need you might have a home in Philly.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Good Luck… Receiving Tight End, Zone Coverage Cornerback

This is one of the most talented teams on both sides of the ball.  The Steelers are set pretty much everywhere, but you might be able to make an impact as a receiving tight end on offense.

On defense you won’t crack this starting lineup unless you try to be a zone coverage cornerback.  The Steelers are stacked and you will have to earn every snap on this team.

San Diego Chargers – Red Zone Threat Wide Receiver, Run Support Strong Safety

This is a talented team with an elite passer in Philip Rivers.  They lost Vincent Jackson to the Buccaneers and now you could step in and make people forget about the diva WR.  It is the perfect situation in the perfect offense for you to be a receiver.

On defense your best bet is to be a run supporting safety to help deal with the likes of the AFC West’s great runningbacks.

San Francisco 49ers – West Coast QB… anything else is going to be tough

In the off-season there were rumors about the 49ers pursuing Peyton Manning to replace Alex Smith.  Now you can take over that job as Smith is still in question as a true championship quarterback.  Take advantage of the pre-season to overtake the former #1 overall pick and then throw to some of the best receivers in the NFL.

On defense you are out of luck.  This is one of the best squads in the NFL and you won’t get playing time on defense.  Look elsewhere.

Seattle Seahawks – Field General Quarterback, Possession Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker

Being the Quarterback in Seattle will be tough as they put a bunch of money into the ‘one game wonder’ Matt Flynn.  You might be the quarterback of the future if you can outperform him.  They can also use some help at wide receiver if you want to go that direction.

On defense the Seahawks let go of former top pick, Aaron Curry last season.  You can try to fill his shoes and be the player they need at Outside Linebacker.

St. Louis Rams – Balanced Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Man Coverage Cornerback

Want to make the Rams into the ‘Greatest Show on Turf Part 2’?  Make yourself into a great receiver with Sam Bradford and you might be on your way to greatness.  Outside of that you can also go to the defensive side of the ball.

On defense you can make an impact as an outside linebacker or a man coverage cornerback.  In St. Louis they really need a lot of help everywhere.  If you can step up and perform against the divisional powerhouse in San Francisco you might be on the right track back to the Super Bowl.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Balanced Runningback, Balanced Defensive End, Cover 2 Middle Linebacker

Tampa could use another option outside of LeGarrette Blount and you could step in and show them what they are missing.  They got rid of Kellen Winslow and that should also give you hope to be a balanced tight end.

On defense you can step up and become the feared middle linebacker that the Bucs have been missing.  They could also use some help on the defensive line at the DE position.  Tampa has a tough division to face with great opposing quarterbacks but if you can become a monster that they fear – even better.

Tennessee Titans – Strong Arm Quarterback, Possession Wide Receiver, Run Support DB

The Titans pursued Peyton Manning more than any other team (besides the Broncos – apparently) and they are eager to find their QB of the future.  If you want to catch passes from Jake Locker you should be the compliment to Kenny Britt as a possession receiver.  If this game had off the field issues for player you might overtake Britt – unfortunately you will play second fiddle to this talented receiver.

On defense the Titans need a lot of help but the secondary needs the most.  Come in and be the run support they need at safety or cornerback and you might be the right guy for the job.

Washington Redskins – Balanced Runningback, Prototype Receiver, Prototype Safety and Cornerback

Washington gives you no chance to be a quarterback to replace RG3 – forget about it.  However, you can come in and replace Roy Helu with enough work.  Outside of runningback you can also try to come in and make an impact at receiver.  It is a tough position to crack, but really they need someone to help Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon.  Make your receiver at least 6’3″ and you will have a strong possibility to be a starter sooner rather than later.

On defense you will have a good chance at safety or cornerback.  The Skins need some help to get respect in perhaps the toughest division in the NFL.  If you can make the secondary better you can be a starter for a long long time.

Madden 13 – Connected Careers – Player Types and Coaching Schemes (From The Manual)

About Player Types

It is important to understand the scheme in which your team runs and what player type they look for at a specific position.  Since each NFL team evaluates players differently, it’ll be essential to know what peaks their interest and in turn, value you even higher. For example, if you’re a receiving back looking to crack into the Arizona Cardinals starting lineup, you may find yourself buried on the depth chart. The Cardinals are a Power Run offense, looking for a Power HB. Your overall rating will be lower in that system than it will be in Miami, who is looking for a Receiving HB.

Player Types Explained (By Position)

Strong Arm QB: Elite Arm Strength
West Coast QB: Short Accuracy and Mobility
Field General QB: High Awareness, Throw on the Run, Play Action
Balanced QB: Decent Arm Strength, Speed and Acceleration
Pocket Passer QB: High Accuracy and Arm Strength
Balanced HB: Decent Speed and Acceleration
Power Back HB: Strength and Trucking
Speed Back HB: Speed and Acceleration
Receiving Back HB: Elusiveness and Catching
One Cut HB: Acceleration and Ball Carrier Vision
Runner Receiver FB: Catching, Speed, and Ball Carrier Vision
Blocking FB: Strength, Run and Impact Blocking
Balanced FB: Decent Speed, Agility, and Run Blocking

Wide Receivers
Possession WR: Catch in Traffic
Red Zone Threat: Spectacular Catch and Catch in Traffic
Route Runner: Agility and Route Running
Balanced WR: Decent Speed Acceleration and Agility
Speed WR: Speed and Acceleration
Tight Ends
Balanced TE: Decent Speed Acceleration and Agility
Blocking TE: Impact, Run and Pass Blocking
Vertical Threat: Speed, Agility, and Route Running
Receiver TE: Catching and Route Running
Offensive Linemen
Run Blocker OL: Run Blocking, Strength, and Acceleration
Big Mauler OL: Run Blocking, Strength, and Impact Blocking
Zone Blocking OL: Run Blocking, Agility, and Acceleration
Balanced: Decent Strength, Awareness, Pass and Run Blocking
Pass Blocker: Pass Blocking, Strength, and Awareness

Defensive Ends
Balanced 4-3 DE: Decent Speed, Power and Finesse Moves
4-3 Run Stopper: Strength, Block Shedding and Tackling
3-4 Run Stopper: Strength, Pursuit and Tackling
3-4 Versatile: Decent Physical and Intangible Ratings
Speed Rusher: Speed Acceleration and Pass Rushing
Defensive Tackles
Pass Rusher DT: Acceleration and Pass Rushing
Prototype DT: Agility, Strength, and Acceleration
Nose Tackle DT: Strength and Tackling
Run Stopper: Strength, Block Shedding, and Tackling
Balanced DT: Decent Physical and Intangible Ratings
Line Backers
Cover 2 LB: Zone Coverage Decent Speed and Agility
Run Stopper LB: Block Shedding Pursuit and Tackling
3-4 Pass Rusher LB: Acceleration and Pass Rushing
Prototype LB: Speed Agility, and Acceleration
Balanced LB: Decent Speed, Acceleration, and Agility

Corner Backs
Man to Man CB: Man Coverage, Speed, Acceleration, and Agility
Run Support: Press Coverage, Tackling, Decent Speed and Agility
Balanced CB: Decent Speed, Agility, Man and Zone Coverage
Prototype CB: Speed, Strength, and Acceleration
Zone CB: Zone Coverage and Play Recognition
Zone Safety: Zone Coverage and Play Recognition
Playmaker: Pursuit, Play Recognition, and Awareness
Balanced Safety: Speed, Agility, Coverage and Tackling
Prototype Safety: Speed, Agility, and Acceleration
Run Support Safety: Block Shedding Pursuit and Tackling
Clutch Kicker: Kicking Accuracy and Awareness
Accurate: Kicking Accuracy
Balanced: Decent Kicking Power and Accuracy
Power: Kicking Power




Balanced Offense
A 50/50 mix of running and passing. Offense is build around having players who can do multiple things well. (Balanced Players for a Balanced Offense…makes sense)

Power Run
Offense is built upon running the ball right at the defense. The scheme values a Power HB and offensive linemen who excel at run blocking.

Offense is built on having a deep WR core and players who excel at making plays in space. Speed and acceleration is much needed in this scheme.

Vertical Offense
Offense is built around a Strong Arm QB who can get the ball down the field. There is a premium placed on players who are tall and can jump up to make plays on the football.

West Coast
Offense is built on a quick, short passing game to complement the run game. Getting a West Coast QB who excels at accuracy and throwing on the run is vital.

Zone Run
Offense is built on running the ball and attacking the edge of a defense. Getting smaller, athletic offensive linemen is key as well as having multiple, One Cut HB’s.


Attacking 4-3
Defense is built around four down linemen and linebackers and
defensive backs who can blitz to pressure the opposing offense.

Base 4-3
Defense is built around getting pressure from the four down
linemen and having linebackers and safeties that excel in

Attacking 3-4
Defense is built around three down linemen and having two
outside linebackers who can rush the quarterback. The secondary
must excel at coverage.

Base 3-4
Defense is built around three down linemen, especially the nose
tackle. The rest of the defense must be versatile enough to cover
as well as making the occasional blitz.

Hybrid Multiple Front
Defense is built around giving the offense multiple looks. This
includes both three and four down linemen alignments so having
versatile players is key.

Tampa 2
Defense is built around getting a good pass rush from the front
four linemen and having linebackers and secondary players who
excel at zone coverage.

Zone Blitz 3-4
Defense is built around three down linemen and two outside linebackers
that can rush the quarterback. Both middle linebackers
and secondary players must excel at zone coverage.