Yep. I wish I could capture some vids of Little taking out 2 and even 3 defenders on one running play. Amazing. And maybe it's just in my head, but the leadership thing really seems to make all the other generic linemen become run-block maulers, too -- they miss far fewer blocks outright, are quicker off the ball/around the corner, are less confused by stunts, get to the second level more often and hold their blocks a little longer.
Think I settled on Lenny Moore at WR. It's strange, he only has ankle-breaker as an ability, but he's one of those Chris Warren-type players -- way better than his abilities. Runs routes like a quick feet guy, can make the sideline catch, beats bumps fairly regularly, seems pretty tough with the over the middle, in front of the safety catch and might even have some clutch ability ... he has a knack for pulling down the ball in traffic. He's also fun to use as a HB once in a while.
So, I'm looking at a one silver, five bronze defense. I'm trying to use old school and former AFL players as much as possible, and stay away from the same players I always see and use (Brazile, Van Pelt, Fridge, Dexter Manley, Simmons, Robinson, Fred Marion, Otis Wilson). Problem is, most of the bronze-level players are of recent vintage.
I'm thinking Bethea because he played in the AFL and has leadership, and maybe putting him at nose in a 3-4 setup, because I've never used the 3-4 before. I'm also thinking Cromwell at FS and Noll at ILB because I've never used them.
Who else should I add? Better to bookend Bethea, Noll, or build up a bronze secondary? Probably looking at playing a lot of zone, with a bend-but-don't break philosophy. Is that possible without gold/silver DBs?
Also, I recommend the Snell/star guard combination to everyone. It is so much fun to have your pulling guard lead you into the secondary, and then lower an unexpected shoulder charge into the saftey. Besides, Snell is a pretty good overall back if you're not looking for him to catch 10-plus passes a game. And he's an awesome blocker, too.