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Old 10-21-2009, 11:27 PM   #9
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Re: What's the difference between the free safety vs. strong safety?

Simplest answer.

Strong safeties have a lot of responsibilty to come up and stop the run. They're the 8th man in the box (when you use one).

Free Safeties responsibility is to deal with the pass, and act as a last line of Defence.

One thing Madden needs to do.
Switch from this ROLB/LOLB garbage.
And switch to Strongside/Weakside.

It's really silly when the Offense flips formation and the TE is on the left, and the LOLB (who are the stronger players, even in Madden, even in new drafts) stay on the opposite side.

It's all about the Sam and Will.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:29 PM   #10
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Re: What's the difference between the free safety vs. strong safety?

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Simplest answer.

Strong safeties have a lot of responsibilty to come up and stop the run. They're the 8th man in the box (when you use one).

Free Safeties responsibility is to deal with the pass, and act as a last line of Defence.

One thing Madden needs to do.
Switch from this ROLB/LOLB garbage.
And switch to Strongside/Weakside.

It's really silly when the Offense flips formation and the TE is on the left, and the LOLB (who are the stronger players, even in Madden, even in new drafts) stay on the opposite side.

It's all about the Sam and Will.
You got it, Madden really needs to implement this. A lot of teams switch their DEs to the strong and weak side too.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:48 AM   #11
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Re: What's the difference between the free safety vs. strong safety?

uh.

In real life, only some teams have clear strong/free safeties. They run a certain scheme.

Other teams have interchangeable safeties.

Some teams have ROLB and LOLB and other teams have WOLB and SOLB.

Some teams have CB1 and CB2, other teams have LCB and RCB.

Some teams have WR1 and WR2 and WR3. Others have LWR, Slot and RWR.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:42 AM   #12
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Re: What's the difference between the free safety vs. strong safety?

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Originally Posted by bearlacher1
Simplest answer.

Strong safeties have a lot of responsibilty to come up and stop the run. They're the 8th man in the box (when you use one).

Free Safeties responsibility is to deal with the pass, and act as a last line of Defence.

One thing Madden needs to do.
Switch from this ROLB/LOLB garbage.
And switch to Strongside/Weakside.

It's really silly when the Offense flips formation and the TE is on the left, and the LOLB (who are the stronger players, even in Madden, even in new drafts) stay on the opposite side.

It's all about the Sam and Will.
I would like this too. It is kind of weird setting up a defense in prediction of the strength of the formation. I do it all the time and really, it shouldn't be my priority. My playcalling should assume that strong/weak is already accounted for by my players and the actual play is what I'm worried about. Good point.

Regarding the safety positions = When in a cover 1 or 3 I try to get the extra man on the side they are running to, often the open side of the field. I will flip safeties often throughout the game and move Polamalu around to try to make him the most involved player. This makes sense seeing that he's 99 overall. It does make a difference.

The SS/FS argument goes away somewhat when you talk about cover 2 or 4 since they are symmetrically in deep coverage. Now, I'd still consider moving your most talented safety into the half or 1/4 of the field that you think the ball is going to. Putting your best talent in a position to play the ball is very helpful in my experience. Make your opponent get through the best you've got, not your weaknesses.
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uh.

In real life, only some teams have clear strong/free safeties. They run a certain scheme.

Other teams have interchangeable safeties.

Some teams have ROLB and LOLB and other teams have WOLB and SOLB.

Some teams have CB1 and CB2, other teams have LCB and RCB.

Some teams have WR1 and WR2 and WR3. Others have LWR, Slot and RWR.
And those particular schemes should be implemented into Madden.
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