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Madden 16 Defense: 5-2 Normal Cover 3

You can never have too many good defenses in Madden 16 especially when the game first comes out.  That’s why we recommend picking up our Madden 16 Advanced Defensive eBook either on on it’s own or by becoming a Madden School Unlimited member.

Even if you aren’t interested in taking your game to a whole new level today, we have you covered with a free Madden 16 defense that brings solid pressure from right up the middle.  You can check out the video and full breakdown below.

Madden 16 Defense: 5-2 Normal Cover 3 Nano

Playbook: Detroit Lions

Formation: 5-2

Play: Cover 3


  1. Base Align
  2. Spread your defensive line and crash them down
  3. Hot route your RE (On the left side of the screen) to a zone
  4. (Optional) Spread your linebackers
  5. Blitz your MLB (on the right side of the screen)

Overview: You should see the pressure come through the B-Gap from the left side of the screen most of the time.  This play only works if the offense isn’t blocking an extra running back or tight end so make sure to mix it in with coverage defenses from the same formation.

Let’s take a look at this Madden 16 defense in a little more detail.

5-2 Normal Cover 3 Screenshot 2015-08-24 00-57-14

This screenshot does a nice job of illustrating how and why the play works.  We are going to fool the offensive line and most of the time, they won’t be able to recover.

5-2 Normal Cover 3 Screenshot 2015-08-24 00-57-43

The quarterback snaps the ball and you can see that the offensive line is already confused.

5-2 Normal Cover 3 Screenshot 2015-08-24 00-58-24

The play ends in an easy sack for a loss of about 8 yards.

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Tommy Brackett
Tommy Brackett
8 years ago

Very informative. What about setting up the hybrid coverages like FSU and So.Car use?

8 years ago

This is a lot of adjustments, how will I get them setup in time before the snap?