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Old 07-21-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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Madden 101 - An educational football/Madden podcast series

Hello all,

I'm hosting a series of podcasts centered around football knowledge & Madden play. While it's part of my 32-man online CFM (After Work Football), this particular series is about football & Madden in general for anyone who wants to learn more and hopefully improve their play.

Some of the early stuff is fairly basic, but we'll be going into more detail as we progress. I will have guests who are a few of the top users in our league to talk about some of the topics, as well. The series is specifically tailored for online sim-style CFM play. My own improvement--starting as a complete online newbie when M15 released to winning a couple of Super Bowls across M15/M16 in our fairly competitive league--is mostly because I learned much more about football over these past couple years, not because of focusing on Madden specifically, and that's what I'm most interested in discussing here.

Additionally, our league focuses on franchise building, so I'm going to talk about not only schemes and coverage shells and pre-snap adjustments, but also personnel: what kinds of players you should be looking for to best execute your chosen scheme(s).

While I'm sure many of you know more (for a few of you, lots more!) than what I'll be covering in this series, I thought it was worth posting here. Hopefully, some of you will learn something and become better Madden players as a result. In my own experience, improving because you learned more about football is so much more satisfying than reading about some specific cheesy play on reddit.

So, without further ado:

EPISODE 1
Basics of the 3-4 & 4-3, and what types of players you should be looking for in your team building.

EPISODE 2
Basics of the three main variants of Man coverage shells, how & when to run them, and what personnel is required to be successful. Interview with XWarriorMonk.

EPISODE 3
Concepts behind Cover 2 & its most common variant, Tampa 2, why you need specific personnel to make it viable, and what those specific player types are. Interview with RaiderRed.

EPISODE 4 (coming soon)
Cover 3: everyone runs it, but this will help flesh out why it's effective so that you can find players best suited to run it well.

EPISODE 5 (coming soon)
Specialty coverage schemes: Cover 4 & Cover 6 coverage shells. We'll also discuss Zone Blitzing.

EPISODE 6 (coming soon)
Preparing for the first season of an online CFM league. Primarily centers around pre-season & early-season team building & how to set your franchise up for long-term (~7 season) success.

EPISODES 7+ (post-M17 release)
After Madden 17 releases, I will be releasing periodic podcasts on a variety of topics. E.g. what kinds of offensive & defensive trends we're seeing a lot in our online league and how you can beat it.
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Old 07-21-2016, 04:05 PM   #2
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These are really cool!


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Is this about football in general, or something highly tailored to Madden and it's engine? Because I already know all of the football concepts, and I also know they don't carry over entirely to Madden. I could use some Madden tips. Not so much football information though. Thanks for your efforts either way, though.
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Some of both. There will be a lot of football scheme stuff that it sounds like you already know. Not everyone in our league does. But we'll definitely have some Madden-tailored discussion, especially as the shows get a little bit more detailed. In future episodes once Madden releases, we'll be specifically discussing what kinds of plays/coverages/etc. we're seeing in our league and how to beat these things. The first few episodes will be more football-general. Hope that helps.
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Some of both. There will be a lot of football scheme stuff that it sounds like you already know. Not everyone in our league does. But we'll definitely have some Madden-tailored discussion, especially as the shows get a little bit more detailed. In future episodes once Madden releases, we'll be specifically discussing what kinds of plays/coverages/etc. we're seeing in our league and how to beat these things. The first few episodes will be more football-general. Hope that helps.
Thanks. Anyway I'm not looking for exploits or cheese, just general info about what is effective.
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You are the man! Well done buddy
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:35 PM   #7
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Commissioner's Office Episode 2 is up on the After Work Football YouTube Channel!

Topic is all things Man coverage, also includes interview with XWarriorMonk, one of the top users in our league since the beginning of M15 and a Man coverage expert!
  • Overview / General knowledge
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  • Pre-snap adjustments
  • Usering advice
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Excellent podcast. I just had a game where I incorporated shading to take away something and force the CPU QB to look to the areas that the coverage shell is supposed to take away. Held the 3rd stringer on DEN to 49%. Held Marriota to 59% in the game before!


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