Defensive formations are as important as ever in Madden NFL 15.  Many times, for whatever reason, a 4 man defensive line rushing the quarterback gets more pressure than a 3 man defensive line with an additional linebacker rushing the quarterback.  You also may be more comfortable running a 4-3 playbook but you happen to use a 3-4 team.  Today’s Madden School tip will go over how to properly run a 4-3 defense with a team that has 3-4 personnel.

Let’s get started. You will need to first go into your depth chart and take a look at your team.

With a 3-4 team, you will have 2 starting defensive ends and 1 starting defensive tackle.  You will need to choose the 2 best players out of those 3 and put them at defensive tackle #1 and defensive tackle #2.

Take your starting ROLB and move him to RE and your starting LOLB and move him to LE.

At this point, you will need to identify your best remaining outside linebacker.  This can be either a ROLB or a LOLB.  Choose whichever one you like best and start him at his position.  Then take your MLB #2 and move him to the remaining OLB position.

You have now successfully migrated from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense in Madden.  Essentially you have swapped out your worst starting defensive tackle or defensive end for your best backup linebacker.  The rest of your personnel is the same.

Switching to a 4-3 from a 3-4 isn’t for everyone and some people are much better off running a 3-4 defense, but if you are looking to make the change you now have a place to start.