Anyone else notice this fact? Obviously when manually rushing a lineman (especially good when playing FAG D so you can get pressure,) that finesse moves are so much better than power moves? The bull rush is incredibly ineffective, even the best power rushers generally get pancaked, some more than others. I have found it's incredibly easy to get pressure simply by properly controlling the sticks right to left. Of course you need to have some skills, but once you get down the moves, they are deadly. Pretty much you can just see which way they are blocking, and spin around them, or shove them to one side very easily. Normally I am usering a linebacker, but with FAG D and 3rd and long, I've found I can get pressure with just one guy. I will contain one DE, both DT in coverage, and I am able to get pressure with the DE who have great finesse moves. Block shedding of course helps, but still, hands down the bull rush is pretty useless. It's a really high risk to reward ratio, sometimes you plow right through the guy, more often than not you get pancaked though. Finesse moves just work better in general, and you don't have anywhere near the worry of getting creamed.
For those of you who play fag D, give this a shot. Use a team who has a great DE with good to decent block shedding, and great finesse moves. You can drop both DT into coverage, make sure you contain the DE you aren't rushing, so the QB doesn't scramble. With a little practice, you'll find it's INCREDIBLY easy to get pressure with the DE, you'll get it down pretty quick. Of course OLB line DeMarcus Ware are downright ridiculous too. I know everyone likes to user the field, but with FAG D, you might actually find that it is actually more effective to control a lineman and get manual pressure. I have been able to get to the QB almost instantly with just a manual one man rush at times, of course this doesn't happen every single time. With teams who have weak OT's, you can seriously beat them with ease, don't be afraid to substitute your best DE over their weakest OT, you'll find manual pressure to be effortless if their tackles suck.
Anyone else find bull rushing completely useless when you want to get manual pressure? It just doesn't work very well, even with the best of them. Some DT like Ngata can get it done, but still manually doing it is a nightmare. The computer is way better at bull rushing.
EDIT: Two things I forgot
1) Look for the swim move #1 of all.
2) REBLITZ your manual rusher so he takes a straight angle.