There is a defensive adjustment that was added a few years ago called protect the sticks and it is one of the most important adjustments you can make in Madden 21.
In theory, protect the sticks tells all of your defenders to drop back to around the first down marker and keep everything in front of them.
The way people actually use it in Madden is to prevent your zones from being manipulated. By protecting the sticks, you render a lot of the really common money plays less effective.
Let’s dive into how to do it.
Step 1: When you are on the defensive side of the ball, before the snap press the Y button on Xbox One, or press the Triangle button on PS4. This will bring up your defensive adjustments.
Step 2: Press the LB button on Xbox One or the L1 button on PS4 and this will tell the defense to play the sticks.
For the most part, our recommendation is to use protect the sticks fairly often to protect against deep passes.