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Old 08-15-2004, 08:06 PM   #1
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Regarding the 'Every CB is a shutdown corner' argument

I have seen this on a few sites, this one included:

"Speed makes DB's in Madden, not Awareness"

I am going on record as saying this couldn't be further from the truth. I think the misconception comes from the "DB's knocking down lobs on fly routes" issue.

On a fly route, yes, awareness isn't a prevailing rating. But it shouldn't be. It isn't hard to cover a fly route. It just takes the speed necessary to keep up with the reciever. A shut-down corner is so much more than "stopping the fly route". If you take a corner with 95 speed and 75 awareness, and compare him with a corner with 85 speed and 90 awareness, the latter is going to shutdown a reciever much more than the former. Higher awareness makes it easier for a corner to cover all of the other routes, especially hitches and outs. Like ESPN's coverage attribute, it helps corners make correct breaks on balls out of the QB's hand. Test it for yourself. Edit a teams corners. Go to practice mode and play against the editted corners. Try a variety of routes against them, and watch to see which corner is more effective.

Just getting that off my chest, as last year's game, where the 'speed cheat' was dominant on All-madden mode, is not this year's game. I have found no evidence of a speed cheat on All-Madden thus far. And the game, while still using speed as a main aspect, is not a speed dominated game, as last year's was.
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Old 08-15-2004, 08:17 PM   #2
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Re: Regarding the 'Every CB is a shutdown corner' argument

In all-cheat mode...I mean all-madden mode the DB play is just stupid. Every CB IS a shutdown corner on all-madden. The CB's precisely make their cuts at the same exact moment that WR's make theirs. A CB can have a 55 ratings and he'll swat down every fly route. And, he'll swat down a fair amount of outs, ins, comebacks, and posts as well. On all-pro, the DB play seems about right though.
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:12 PM   #3
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Re: Regarding the 'Every CB is a shutdown corner' argument

I'm not too concerned with what the cpu CBs do on All-Madden. I just want mine to play better.
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Old 08-15-2004, 10:31 PM   #4
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Re: Regarding the 'Every CB is a shutdown corner' argument

I just rented this game but this was one of my biggest beefs.I find this to be a major gameplay killer enough that I will not be getting this game.The wr never get open it seems that the cbs make their break before the wr.
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