Hello Madden Bible Nation, here is a quick guide on figuring out if the defense is in Man or Zone in Madden 11.
1. The “old” and most basic way is to motion a WR, if the defensive back follows the WR across the field he is in man. If the zone lets the WR run across the field, he is in zone.
If a defensive back is supposed to be covering someone, shouldn’t he be lined up across from him at the snap? Otherwise the QB would just do a “quick throw” to the WR!
With the new audible system though, WR’s can take a long time to get across the field and then all the way back so we have an easier way.
2. Come out in a bunch or compressed set like Shotgun Snugs. If the defensive backs are lined up over the WR’s at the start its man. However if they “slide in” at the start, its zone coverage.
Determining Man or Zone coverage is the single most important factor in becoming a good Madden 11 player. If you can read the defense and know how to beat both coverages, you are at an advantage when the ball is snapped.
Vs Man - We run the Canoe or Slot Trail, Drags, Stick.
Vs Zone – We Flood the area with WR’s. If he has 3 defenders playing deep, we make sure 4 WR’s attack the area and hit the open player. Check out SGibs 4 Verticals Scheme
After you determine the coverage, you only need to look for blitzing players and make protection adjustments before calling hike and scoring touchdowns!
About the Author: ZFarls is a 23 Year Old Madden Baller from Boston, MA. Along with Sgibs, he owns Madden Bible and looks to give players advanced strategies and tactics to win more madden games. He preaches confidence in what you are running and knowing the situation you are in. Everything else will come naturally!