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Old 02-26-2016, 08:32 AM   #1
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Ideas on how to progress defensive players

Hi guys. I'm a long time poster but haven't been around as much lately as I used to be, so forgive me if this has been covered a lot and I just missed it.

Since the transition to the current franchise mode and progression system, I don't have a lot of trouble getting the "right" players on offense to progress well. Pass a lot with a QB, run a lot with a RB, and catch the ball a lot with a WR or TE, and they'll generally build XP, especially if they have "quick" or "superstar" status. Gain a lot of yards one way or the other, and OL will as well.

On defense, the same can be said for pass rushers to a large degree, but otherwise things can be pretty outside the user's control. I'm having trouble getting even "superstar" rookies that I draft at LB, DB, or DT positions to gain very many progression points at all. A guy can be on the field for almost every play of every game, but if he doesn't compile the right stats, he may end up with just a few thousand XP at the end of the season, and a 75 OVR rookie (who looks to be a guy who can turn into a Pro Bowler) may only move 1 or 2 ticks up.

Any tips tricks on this?
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Hi guys. I'm a long time poster but haven't been around as much lately as I used to be, so forgive me if this has been covered a lot and I just missed it.

Since the transition to the current franchise mode and progression system, I don't have a lot of trouble getting the "right" players on offense to progress well. Pass a lot with a QB, run a lot with a RB, and catch the ball a lot with a WR or TE, and they'll generally build XP, especially if they have "quick" or "superstar" status. Gain a lot of yards one way or the other, and OL will as well.

On defense, the same can be said for pass rushers to a large degree, but otherwise things can be pretty outside the user's control. I'm having trouble getting even "superstar" rookies that I draft at LB, DB, or DT positions to gain very many progression points at all. A guy can be on the field for almost every play of every game, but if he doesn't compile the right stats, he may end up with just a few thousand XP at the end of the season, and a 75 OVR rookie (who looks to be a guy who can turn into a Pro Bowler) may only move 1 or 2 ticks up.

Any tips tricks on this?


It is tougher on defence but I find it much more rewarding to build awesome defences. Some tips I use to help consistently gain XP are:


  • If building LBs, you want to hit weekly goals and milestone goals for tackles and TFL (as they are worth more), develop play recognition to get off the snap more and play a 7 man front on 1st and 2nd down even if its a nickel situation (play zone or zone blitz), it will transfer tackles from DBs to your LBs
  • For pass rushers, sacks are key, tackles for a loss often complete a milestone and are worth 50+xp each, fumbles help but not as much as TFL I think (as they dont happen as often).
  • Get player of the week if you can, LBs need a 10+ tackle with 2+Sacks or 1+INT usually, DL needs 3+ sacks and DBs need 2+ INT these are just rough though.
  • For DBs, I think CBs are the toughest, you need 3 tackles a game, 1+INT and go to the probowl just to go up a couple of points per season. Focus on developing Man coverage as this will allow you to stick to the WR hip more and put you in better positions for INTs. If the QB keeps throwing check downs and flats (itchy feet mode), play COVER 2 with underneath coverage (pick 6 usually).
  • For safeties, get tackles, play a Cover 1 in run situations to get TFL or run your own safety blitzes (i.e. when assigned in man on the HB or FB), natural safety blitzes are blocked much easier. Sacks can help a CB too but can also backfire a lot as they are often not man aligned on the HB or FB.
  • Hit drive goals, you get more XP for playing a game than simming, play long enough quarters to get normal tackle numbers.
  • Get to the probowl... easier said than done, LBs need 100+ tackles and sacks and INT, pass rushers and DTs 10+sacks, DBs need 5+ INT.
  • Get defensive MVP usually only a LB gets this, 150+ tackles for MLB or 100+ tackles with 5+ sacks and 2+INT. Forced fumbles dont count for much I rating I find.
Hope that helps a bit.
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Also, if you need more INTs than tackles and sacks, set your DL to QB contain as they will get to the QB slower and allow him to get a pressured throw off... more change of INTs.
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Thanks, guys. All good ideas, and certainly goals that I've been shooting for. Making it happen is the tougher part. Without adjusting sliders in my own favor, INTs are much harder to come by in this year's game, it seems. I agree that CB seems to be the most difficult position on the field to advance. Space clogging DTs that don't get many stats seem pretty stuck where they start as well.
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