Madden is a complex strategy game. Many will not know where to even get started. This article will guide you in the right direction. Here are my four key Madden 23 Tips to success for beginner level players:
Madden 23 Tips and Tricks Every Beginner MUST Know
1. User a Safety At Linebacker
It is normal to fear blowing a coverage usering someone other than a defensive lineman.
And at first, you WILL give up some big plays from blowing a coverage assignment. However, if you want to become more competitive, you will be at a major disadvantage if you do not learn to user a safety at linebacker.
Linebackers do not animate well so you need to sub in a safety at linebacker in a nickel set. A good user can take away multiple routes at once unlike the CPU.
The person you user should be the best player on the field because of the ground that can be covered. Whereas the CPU zone defenders have a small radius that they stay within.
Transitioning to usering a safety will cost you in the short-term but staying on a defensive lineman will hold you back forever.
2. Learn Quick Adjustments
You could have the best anticipation and problem-solving abilities in the world but if you do not have quick adjustments mastered, those skills are IRRELEVANT. Quick adjustments allow you to adjust ANY defender on the field while staying on one player.
If you want to “quick adjust” someone in the secondary, double tap “Y” or “triangle. To “quick adjust” a linebacker, double tap right on d-pad. To “quick adjust” a defensive lineman, double tap left on d-pad (camera toggle must be off in settings).
Instead of switching to each defender to adjust them, now you can adjust many players at once at lightning quick speed (once mastered).
I highly recommend going to practice mode for 30 minutes a day to practice speeding up your quick adjustments until you can pull off several quick adjustments before the snap.
3. Ability To Read Defenses
Are you calling plays at random or not sure exactly why you are calling those plays? Are you aware that you should be reading the outside cornerback and safety on one half of the field within one second that the ball is snapped?
Those reads allow you to visually imagine the defensive playart. Think of it like taking a picture with your phone that gets stored to your phone’s memory for later use.
You want to take a picture of the defense (with your mind) as soon as the ball is snapped and store that picture for use later in the game.
Then once you can picture the adjustments to the defense, you need to understand how to conceptually attack that coverage.
If you are not following this process, you are costing yourself many points.
What makes the world’s best offensive players so consistent and confident on offense, is their ability to always know what the defense is doing and how to conceptually attack it.
4. Knowledge of Pull Routes
Ever wondered how players got those deep one play touchdowns where the defense was no where to been seen?
They were probably using pull routes. Pull routes are a route that occupy a zone defender to open up another route on the field.
Think of them as a decoy route. So if you want to get your crossing routes or corner routes open consistently, you need to use streaks to occupy the deep zone defender on the side you run your crosser to.
Take “Verticals” for example from Gun Bunch. The streak/fade route from the solo side receiver will run the deep blue(s) off.
That will allow for the crossing route to get underneath the deep blues.
In Madden, the job of the deep blue defenders is to guard the first threat running deep.
If you replace that fade route with a drag, the crossing route would be the first threat running deep so the deep zone defenders would guard the crosser.
Your Urgent Next Step
Without these 12 fundamentals it will be a struggle for you to reach a competitive level.
I (Manu) have coached over 240 beginner players in the past 2 years to a competitive level, so I know the shortcuts for you to get there ASAP with my Madden 23 tips.
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