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How To Stop FB Dive in Madden 16

Lots of people online call FB Dive anytime they have a 4th and short situation.  It is an incredibly hard play to stop and most of the time it is an easy 3-4 yards.

In today’s free Madden 16 tip, we are going over a way to stop it.

Madden NFL 16 Stopping FB Dive Tip

Playbook: San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and some others

Formation: 3-4 Bear

Play: Any (that has one or both inside 2nd level defenders blitzing)


  1. Pinch and crash DL Down
  2. Re-blitz the defenders if you have to and keep them from taking any steps backwards pre-snap
  3. Move the OLB in to free up the ILB left of the screen
  4. (Optional) Move the FS down into the box and shoot a gap

Overview: FB Dive is one of the hardest plays to stop this year in short yardage situations. This play, although it requires basically selling out to stop the FB Dive, is very effective at getting a free runner into the backfield to make a tackle.

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  1. Great tip but the only problem is u never really know when your opponent is calling the Fb dive until u see their formation first. So calling this exact formation is kinda unlikely unless u use it regularly anyways. The best way ive found is to pinch the dline and crash down, then shoot the gap with a Linebacker or safety with 85plus hitting power. Hitstick the fullback always works out better as they are less elusive as a running back but also because using regular tackle still allows them to fall forward/stumble for the short yardage. Also pinching dline and crashing them opposite of the strong side of the formation (away from tight end) is effective too. Lots of time your NT or defensive end will come right to the Fb for the tackle. Or the running lane will be clogged and the fullback is caught up behind his blockers(sitting duck). Lol. Great tips @Sna….keep em coming

  2. I’m getting madden 16 tomorrow- just starting to get advice. This is a great tip it feels like, I am very happy with this!

  3. how do you know the FB DIVE is coming

  4. if a offense is coming out 3 wides 1 tight end 1 running back what should the defense be in to stop it

  5. 2 running backs 2 tight ends 1 wide receiver how do i stop this play