The majority of our free Madden 13 defensive tips so far have been fairly basic and could be stopped with a few extra blockers or slide protection.  That isn’t the case in today’s tip.  We dove into the 4-4 split formation and found a play that gets extreme pressure on a consistent basis.  We have the full breakdown below.

Playbook: 4-3

Formation: 4-4 Split

Play: LB Fire


  1. Spread D-line
  2. Re-blitz your #1 MLB and place him directly over the right tackle (Don’t switch off of him) Pro Tip: If you have good cornerbacks and the offense doesn’t have great receivers, use press coverage to make this play even harder to stop.

Now that you have seen in the video above how this play works, lets go over why it works.

The screenshot above gives us a pre-snap look at what each defender should be doing once the quarterback hikes the ball.  You should notice that if everything goes right, our defensive end (with the blue arrow) will stunt in between the right tackle and right guard.

Even with both running backs blocking, we get pressure through the B-gap.  The fullback goes out to the right to help the right tackle with the blitzing MLB while the running back blocks to the left.

The end result is a sack before the quarterback can make a decent read.

If you mix this play in with zone defenses out of the same formation, you will leave your opponent extremely confused.  If you make each play look the same, he won’t know whether you are bringing heat or dropping into coverage.

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