On December 28th, 2021 the world lost a football legend in John Madden. John has made so many great contributions to the game of football as a player, coach, and NFL broadcaster. However, arguably his biggest contribution to the sport and American culture came in the form of a video game. Madden is responsible for a lot of current and past NFL players' love for the game. Most players grew up playing these games all day wishing they could one day be in the game or even be lucky enough to hold the prestigious honor of being on the madden cover.
The Madden football game was first released in 1988, and since then it has made drastic improvements each year. One of its biggest improvements each year is not only how realistic it looks but also how realistic its gameplay mimics real football. You might be skeptical as to how a video game can help improve your game, but it might surprise you how much this video game can help your game. Here are three key aspects of your game that can be improved by playing Madden.
1. Improved Identification of Offensive and Defensive Formations
Although Madden is just a football game, every year the creators attempt to make it as realistic as possible. One aspect of the game that is nearly identical to the physical game we love to play, is the formation alignments. On both offense and defense the formations are drawn up to look exactly how NFL coaches teach it to their players. For example, if you're a defensive player and you want to learn about the difference between 4-3 over, 4-3 under, and 3-4 defenses I’d recommend skimming through the playbooks and looking at the front alignments. If you are an offensive player, then I would recommend looking at a playbook that your team currently runs to see how Madden accesses its success rate vs certain plays and fronts. This is obviously not a supplement for the film room but it is an opportunity to improve your football IQ while having fun.
2. Understanding of Zones and Plays
Similar to the accuracy of formations, Madden also does a good job of mimicking NFL teams playbooks. Obviously it will not be 100% accurate but you will notice some popular plays that your favorite NFL team and even your current team runs today. I think the true value of this lies with quarterbacks and offensive players identifying coverages. Improve your ability to clue the safeties and corners to determine the defensive call, identify man or zone based on alignment, and so much more. Identifying the zones is key because the weaknesses in the zone on Madden are typically the same in live games. While the video game might produce more unrealistic plays than real life, it is still a good tool for heightening your understanding of the game of football.
3. Simulation of Situational Football
Situational football can be best defined as the critical moments that determine the outcome of a game such as two minute drill, redzone, goal line, field goals, special teams, challenging plays, etc. Madden allows you to test your understanding of situational football to see if it wins or loses your team the game. For example, if it is 4th and 3 from your own 10 yard line, are you going to go for it or punt the ball? These are situations that players and coaches are faced with every game. Madden helps you gauge which scenario will help your team win the game if placed in that situation.
Just to be clear, playing Madden does not mean you will make it to the NFL or be All-State next season. However, if you are going to play the game then it is important that you take advantage of it and develop your football IQ. By playing this game and gaining a deeper understanding of its realistic features you may be able to improve your game, even if it is only slightly.
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