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Madden Players' Madden NFL 16 "4-3 Ultimate" Defensive Guide
Designed for: Madden NFL 16 on Playstation 4 & Xbox One
Based on: All 4-3 Based Defensive Playbooks

The new patch has opened tenfold more doors than it closed, seamlessly giving birth to two new, fully-loaded, insanely premium quality defensive guides, including this one for all 4-3 based playbooks.

And with the recent advent of the Madden Challenge being ran on the new Ranked Draft Champions mode, the defensive playbook choice for what most people are playing now has been limited to three random choices, typically 43 or 34 based. Thus having a mastery or at least a collection of defenses from each type of defensive playbook is certainly a must. With this problem, I set out to create a powerhouse guide that has all the formations commonly found in 3-4 based playbooks. So whether you use ATL, CAR, DAL, DET, JAX, MIA, MIN, NYG, OAK, STL, SEA, TB, Cover 2, Multiple D, or the 4-3 playbook, you will have most, if not all, of what's in this guide in your playbook.

And the fact that this guide doesn't require a specific playbook is great because you can just find the cheapest 4-3 based playbook in MUT and now make the most out of it.

Pressure after the patch, while different, is arguably better. I've found everything from multiple DE B-Gap nano blitzes only sending three players that get in with an HB blocking, dual edge pressure only sending 5 players, a turbo-rush DT A-gap, more QB Sneak and FB Dive defenses, new defenses to blow up Gun: Inside Zones in the backfield, the most unique and effective coverage defense for stopping Four Verticals and deep bomb glitches, and the list goes on.

Ultimately, this guide is chock-full of consistent b/a-gaps, dual pressures to attack extra blockers, many 3-man and 4-man blitzes. I also made sure there were SIM League-friendly blitzes that required no manual movements. Several blitzes get in against extra blockers even without extra adjustments, some of which only rush 3-4 defenders and still get in against the blocked running back. I also made sure that a lot of blitzes worked out of most plays in a given formation, and that flipping the blitz by flipping the play is effective as well.

And most of all, the blitzes are consistent. The first thing some folks will tell you to try to lower your expectations immensely is that you can't run the same blitz too many times or the offensive line will adjust. That is completely false, and please don't believe that. Consistency in blitzes exists, it just takes hard work to find the right blitzes.

So if you're the type to like A and B-gap blitzes, especially by defensive linemen, this guide is absolutely loaded. 

And the dreaded I Form, Strong I, and Weak I Quick Toss, inside runs and Gun: Inside Zones... the Run Defenses in this guide lock that up tightly. I spent several hours specifically trying to figure out how to stop that run scheme---don't let it make you a victim. 

Whether you're having trouble stopping the run, locking up money plays, or just want to be more aggressive in your blitzing and yet still retain great coverage, this guide will certainly satisfy all of your needs.

The guide also includes DT A-gap blitzes, DE B-gap blitzes, edge-pressures, 3-man pressures, 4-man pressures, and pressures that an RB or TE cannot block.

Learn how to run all of these powerful formations to their maximum capability and much more using all kinds of defensive line, linebacker, and coverage adjustments that will drive your opponents crazy.

"Your defenses are so quick and easy to setup it is insane. After buying some other guides I figured there was nothing simple or even possible to set up in a real game but you have clearly shown otherwise. Finally, a guide I can actually use against quick snappers and no-huddlers..." — coach_tom

I know that time is valuable, and that is why this guide will not waste your time with endless paragraphs or long, rambling videos. Everything in the guide is direct and straight to the point so that you can get to playing instead of studying.

With this guide, learning is easier than ever as you can just hit the play button, sit back, and watch as we show you all the minor details of running these schemes in a matter of minutes. On top of that, each play comes with short, typed up steps as well so that you have all the most important information that you need to know when you are in the middle of gameplay.

This is extremely important if you need to look something important up during a match and you don't have much time in between plays.

Now, when you're playing, you have all the knowledge and information that you need at your fingertips by just clicking around in our quick-links system so you won't have to watch a whole video to know what the play is supposed to accomplish.

Originally Posted by coach_tom
Your defenses are so quick and easy to setup it is insane. After buying some other guides I figured there was nothing simple or even possible to set up in a real game but you have clearly shown otherwise. Finally, a guide I can actually use against quick snappers and no-huddlers lol. And to top it off these blitzes are no slouches... straight fire bro! Thanks for taking all the frustration out of my defense and making my life super simple.
Originally Posted by CooKo7
I used to be one of those folks advocating against buying guides saying it's all free on youtube until I decided to just take the leap and try one of your guides since my defense was just dead after this last patch. Made me realize most the stuff on youtube is straight trash. Yeah every once in a while something good comes around, but it's almost never in a scheme and given with a written setup. This guide is totally worth it to me to have stuff way better than youtube all organized and typed up in one place. Gives me more time to just dominate online. Guess I can say you made be a believer! Well done sir.
Originally Posted by Jeff
So far all the post-patch guides I've bought (like 4 of them) besides this one have been regrettable. Either the blitzes weren't consistent, required on average over 7 steps, didn't all have videos to properly illustrate since the text setups didn't work, and just been an overall mess. Thanks for making such a fabulous guide and avoiding all the common drawbacks I usually see from other guides. I can tell you put a lot of heart into this and I can't thank you enough. -Jeff
Types of Defenses Included

 The easiest and quickest setups in the industry. No play requires more than 4 simple steps--the average is 2-3 steps

3-5 Man D-line Nanos (Blitz where the Defensive Lineman dart in untouched sending only 2-5 rushers)

DT A-Gaps, DE A-Gaps, DE B-Gaps, Dual B-Gap Pressure, Dual Edge Pressures, Edge pressures, and more.

DT A-Gap Turbo Blitz

Blitzes that get in smoothly even given extra blockers on offense

 Run defenses to blow up the dreaded Strong: Close Toss, inside runs, and Inside Zone's from Shotgun

The best defenses to stop Deep bomb glitches and Four Verticals

Several Blanketing Coverage Defenses that confuse and cause mistakes 

No blitz sends more pass-rushers than there are blockers

Concepts and Features Included

 Who Should I Control on Defense?

 Who Should I try NOT to Control on Defense?

 Adjusting Your Coverages Behind Blitzes

The Most Important Facts about Blitzing in Madden NFL 16

  Blitzes are marked out for your convenience

Audible, Depth Chart, & Substitutions Recommendations and Advice

 Guide content works with ANY team

 Each play is fully optimized to its ultimate capabilities

 A "Quick setup" text write-up for each play

Quick-link system to help move around the guide fast when playing

 Crystal Clear 1080p HD Videos and Voice-overs for each Play

 24/7 email support with our lead strategist about Madden NFL 16 strategy

Updatable content - Updates when new defenses are found or get patched

Playbook, Schemes and Formations Broken Down

  All breakdowns and plays are found in the Multiple D Playbook

4-3: Over- Scheme

  4-3: Under - Scheme

  4-3: Under Odd - Scheme

  4-3: Over Plus - Scheme

  4-3: Odd - Play

  Nickel: Normal - Scheme

  Big: Nickel Strong - Scheme

  Dime: 1-4-6 - Play

  Quarter: Normal - Scheme

  Goalline 5-4-2 - Play

Total Formations: 9
Total Plays:

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What is the purpose of this guide?
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The purpose of this guide is to make you a better player at Madden NFL 16 whether you play real people, against the CPU, online, or offline. The strategies in this guide are all game-play related, which means they deal with mainly the aspects of play-calling, play-adjustment, and play-execution.

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This guide mainly consists of Schemes. A Scheme by definition is a "systematic plan of action", and an "orderly combination of related parts". In other words, we define a scheme as two or more plays out of the same formation which we use as a systematic plan of action. We teach you how to adjust it, optimize it, when to switch plays, and how to counter most of the defenses or offenses someone could run against you with it. Above and beyond the play-breakdowns themselves, our voice-over commentary is also packed with tips and tidbits of information that can change the way you view each play and the game itself.

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There are several reasons why it is best to get a Bundle package and why many people get them besides the fact that it ends up being a better deal:

1. You learn about other popular defenses. By simply becoming aware of them you instantly gain an advantage on recognizing these strategies and then beating them when you encounter them, since you know what to expect and what it works or doesn't work against.

2. You can learn more different defensive concepts. In each guide, we try to make them unique, not only in the plays themselves, but in the general strategies that we season into each breakdown. By getting a variety of our guides, you will be exposed to countless defensive concepts that you can plug into any defense or playbook.

3. You can become more versatile and can switch playbooks against opponents who you play often. Given that each playbook only has a handful of money plays, people you play often can tend to catch on. By being able to use multiple playbooks you can always keep them on their heels trying to stop your powerful offenses.

4. If you use a custom playbook, you can add all, if not most, of the content from each guide into one playbook and have it all at your fingertips in each game.

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The strategy guides can be used with any team you like and in any game mode. You can pick which playbook you want to use in the advanced options of the team-picking screen. The reason these strategy guides have names of teams such as "Indianapolis" is because we used the offensive playbook that naturally belongs to that team in the game but you can use any team's playbook with any team. The reason we break down team playbooks is for variety. We try to break down what we think are the best and most balanced playbooks in the whole game, that way you can have those great plays at your advantage so that you can be as competitive as possible.

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