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Old 09-27-2020, 07:00 PM   #1
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Im an online franchise guy. Zone coverage is the worst. Does it play better in an offline franchise. Does zone plays actually work in any mode? Is there something i can do to tighten them up? Its frustrating because I donít want to call man coverage plays on every down
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Old 09-27-2020, 08:47 PM   #2
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Im an online franchise guy. Zone coverage is the worst. Does it play better in an offline franchise. Does zone plays actually work in any mode? Is there something i can do to tighten them up? Its frustrating because I donít want to call man coverage plays on every down

Iím surprised people donít talk about this more. I tried the 10 hour trial and honestly couldnít get past it. Every mode I played it was hot garbage
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Old 09-27-2020, 10:33 PM   #3
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Do u make any presnap adjustments? What difficulty?

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Old 09-27-2020, 11:53 PM   #4
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Im an online franchise guy. Zone coverage is the worst. Does it play better in an offline franchise. Does zone plays actually work in any mode? Is there something i can do to tighten them up? Its frustrating because I donít want to call man coverage plays on every down

Your LB's need to be AMAZING to play zone. Otherwise they just constantly attack the TE's

Otherwise focus on pass rush which makes it more erratic.

But playing on all pro or all madden the QB if they're good (Rodgers, Brees etc) almost always goes like 18/20 to start the game.. but get stopped in the red zone.
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Old 09-28-2020, 12:51 AM   #5
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I've had the opposite experience. My team plays far better in zone.
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:02 AM   #6
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Maybe depends on team/strength...find zone less consistent but adjustments pre snap and pressure helps

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I wish i could post this play ohh wait maybe i can i posted it on twitter ill find the link omg hot garbage zone, the safety was covering kittle and then just took off and left him for a wide open TD

https://twitter.com/MikeHen93038720/...18603695460352

by the way did the new patch mess up Qbs taking off and running now half the time they just keep back peddling till they get sacked
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:17 AM   #8
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This is the biggest adjustment a lot of people haven't made yet.

With the change to LB speed and overall coverage skills, LBs are subpar in most coverage situations now, either zone or man. With very few exceptions, they'll get absolutely roasted by WRs, and will struggle with top-shelf TEs and receiving backs.

And when I say "very few exceptions", it's actually very few...the number of competent coverage LBs this year is tiny. A guy who's ok-ish against swing passes to a back won't cut it...I'm talking like prime Kuechley levels of coverage ability to hold up in this year's game.

Like in the real league, you absolutely have to avoid leaving LBs alone on a hook curl or a 3-rec against a slot WR or better TE...it's a huge mismatch, and they'll get destroyed. You absolutely can't just keep running base against 11 personnel groups and count on a user LB to hold up in coverage anymore...even 12 personnel is iffy (I usually go big nickel againt 12).

Swap a S into at least 1 SUBLB slot (preferably a good Run Support guy, to help out against runs out of 11 personnel looks, which the CPU is also doing more of). Run at least nickel personnel against 3 WR looks...dime on obvious passing down-and-distance and 4 WR or empty sets. Play smart. Call the right zones against the right sets (trips, bunch, etc), and learn what Sky, Buzz, Match, Quarters, Palms, Hole, Robber, and such mean if you don't already...they matter this year.

I strongly suspect a large percentage of the issues people are reporting with both man and zone coverage, especially with underneath passing, are the result of just not having adjusted to this change yet, and they still have LBs out on a slot WR out of a base 4-3 or 3-4 set.
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