The single most important thing that you can do to immediately get better at Madden 18 is learning how to properly read the defense before (and after) you snap the ball.  If you know what defense your opponent is in, you should expect to get huge gains, often touchdowns, every play.

We’ve put together a full tutorial on exactly what to look for.

Still need a little more help?  We have more detailed resources for you.

Next: How To Read The Defense Pre-Snap (With Screenshots)

Then: How To Read Defenses Post-Snap (With Screenshots & Video)

Once you become comfortable reading defenses all you need is the plays that you know will beat them.  We’ve got plenty of free offensive tips or you can join Madden School Unlimited to get out best ebooks, schemes, and plays.


  • Excellent video great info now just have to memorize what beats each coverage so out I can react to what I see on reflex

  • I brought the defense guide. This was a must watch. Gr8 way to explain they way to read the defenses. I feel better about my defense and reading the opposition defense.

  • The how to read defenses video is outstanding! Excellent teaching!

    For those of you who are new to checking out, let me be the first to tell you that the read defense video is only a scratch on the surface of the awesome schemes, techniques and strategies that are taught by these seasoned experts of Madden football on both offense and defense! literally took me (a 52 yr. old man) from not knowing the difference between the X and Y buttons, to a player who wins 70% of the games I play on-line and against my young adult sons and their friends!

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    Sam C.

    • Sam,

      Thank you so much for your support all of these years. It means the world to me (Ian) and the rest of the Madden School staff!

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