This Madden 16 Defensive Tip is a very simple play to setup and gets quick heat from the outside.  It can be blocked so should be used when the opportunity presents itself.  It works best when your opponent has 3 or 4 wideouts.

Playbook: NE Playbook and most 3-4 playbooks

Formation: Nickel 3-3-5 Odd

Play:  3 Sky Wk Show 4



Another advantage to this play is that the entire Nickel 3-3-5 Odd formation has many great zones and blitzes to choose from, so you can disguise plays very well out of this formation.

In summary, this is a short and easy play to run.  It is not a 100% effective NANO as I do not think any blitz is this year, but it can be an easy play to learn and should be added to everyone’s playbook.


1.Base Align
Show Blitz/Press coverage
2.Blitz left MLB
3.Bring left CB closer to LOS (optional)
Control FS
4.Make adjustments if needed (putting your FS in a hook and the other MLB in a purple if your opponent is rolling out for corner routes).

If this Madden 16 Defensive Tip was helpful or you have any questions let me know in the comments below, thanks.

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Derek is a 27 year old that has been a sports gaming enthusiast since his early age. He has played sports games since he was age 5, going from RBI Baseball on the NES to MVP Baseball 2005 on the Xbox and now to MLB The Show on PS3/PS4. He plays MLB The Show competitively and has been ranked in the top 10 the past three years, as well as winning multiple challenges of the week. Derek strides to play sim, innovative, and implement real life baseball tactics that you see in the game today. He is also a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Dolphins fan.