In one of my previous articles I talk about the Running Game in Madden NFL 25 and how it’s not just the RBs you’ll have to worry about. In this Madden NFL 25 ‘Quick Hits’ article we take a look at the Top 5 QBs in the game that not only get it done through the air but will cause some problems if you let them ‘Run Free’ in the open field. On this list you won’t see V. Young and his 85 SPM, Dennis Dixon and his 90 JKM, or Tim Tebow and his 86 TRK. For the purpose of this article we are using the last roster update for Madden NFL 13
After a two day delay EA SPORTS has finally released a new defensive video focused on Defensive Control. This is Playbook #2 in the Madden NFL 25 Playbook list which focuses on the defensive side of the ball including heat seeker tackling, diving, and always staying in position.
The following is taken from the EA SPORTS Playbook #2 Blog that went with the above video.
Just a quick note that the Madden NFL 25 Defensive Video that EA SPORTS said would be out today is now likely to be pushed back till tomorrow thanks to a recent tweet.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) May 14, 2013
I don’t think people should worry that this is two Monday’s that information for Madden NFL 25 is delayed. The delay has nothing to do with the game itself.
So we’ll wait for the video tomorrow to see how the defense looks in Madden NFL 25. In the meantime check out my Madden NFL 25 Quick Hits: Sideline Interceptions article.
It could be that my stick skills are terrible, or maybe it’s because I play with the Washington Redskins so much that my sorry DB’s are to blame, or maybe just maybe my opponents have mastered the total control passing. Whatever the reason, it frustrates me to no end the inability to catch interceptions near the sidelines in Madden NFL 13. It doesn’t matter where I am, back of the endzone, side of the endzone or anywhere close to the white sidelines, I just can’t catch an interception. If you are having the same problem in Madden NFL 13, then you’ll like the fact that all that changes in Madden NFL 25.
The thing is we see it all the time in the NFL. Amazing 1 handed picks near the sidelines while going out of bounds or leaning out of bounds while keeping both feet in. Who can forget the sideline grab by Richard Sherman (SEA) against the Cardinals last year?
You never saw that in Madden NFL 13 to a lot of fans disgust. I can’t tell you how many times my guy has dropped an INT along the sidelines. Every time my guy had a beat on the ball near the sidelines he would drop it. Even DBs with great catch ratings like Revis would drop the ball if he was even close to being out-of-bounds. Let’s not even discuss how fades in the endzone were hardly caught in the back of the endzone for a touchback. This made throwing outs to the sideline and anything in the back of the endzone somewhat of a non-risk factor for the offense. There was hardly any danger at all to throwing the ball late on a 10 yard out to the short side of the field other than an incomplete pass.
Well all that changes in Madden NFL 25 and thank goodness. I recently got some hands on time with Madden NFL 25 and not only did I see some sideline interceptions, but I also saw some great sideline catches by DBs. These weren’t just standard catches either. I saw interceptions where the DB couldn’t get two feet down but he caught the ball. I saw a reaching interception, interceptions where DBs broke on the ball and intercepted it and their momentum carried them out-of-bounds. I even saw some interceptions in the back of the endzone where guys toe tapped it. I had to go to replay a couple of times to make sure I was seeing it right.
The other thing that feels different about interceptions in Madden NFL 25 is how the screen rotates. It still freezes and rotates but it seems a lil more fluid.
Updated: After talking with someone from EA, the screen does freeze when you intercept it. Sorry for those that like how NCAA is, because I do think that was better but was unsure how it looked. I could have sworn the build I played it was fluid and not a freeze. We’ll see what the E3 build tells us next month.
Being able to catch on the sidelines may be a subtle change, but I think guys will generally like the way you can snag them near the sidelines in Madden NFL 25. Now if I can just get my DBs to stop dropping wide open interceptions, I’d feel better.
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Late last night on the Madden NFL 25 Facebook wall, EA announced that it will be releasing a new video today centered around the defensive side of the ball.
There has been a lot of talk coming from EA about the new “Run Free” system and how much improved the running game is in Madden NFL 25, but much concern from the community is about the defense and will it be adequate enough to handle an over powered offense. Let’s face it, offense gets all the glory and defense gets no love. Offense has always been the sexier side of the ball to market. While that may be the case, most people if asked what their favorite Madden of all time was, most would answer when the defense got a lot of love with Madden 05 and Madden players were able to combat the offensive juggernaut that Madden 04 created.