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Madden 16: Stop Inside Zone From 4-3 Over Plus

Yesterday, SnA Exclusive discussed a great way to stop the popular Quick Toss play in the backfield.  Today, he is back to go over a way to stop the other extremely popular run play in Madden 16, Inside Zone.

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How To Shut Down Inside Zone Runs In Madden 16

Playbook: Any 4-3 playbook

Formation: 4-3 Over Plus

Play: Cover 4 (works with any play though)


  • It’s recommended you have a fast DE


Against off-set formations (RB not parallel with the Quarterback):

  • Base align (if you have to get the OLB to his original position)
  • Pinch DL down
  • Crash DL right

Against normal formations (RB parallel with the Quarterback):

  • Base align (if you have to)
  • Shift DL towards the weak side (default left)
  • Crash DL right

*** Keep in mind this is if the run is going RIGHT. If left, reverse everything. ***

Overview: The key to this play is getting 2 guys on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle and having the outside guy as the “read option” guy while the inside guy is free to pursue and tackle the ball carrier for a loss or gain of zero every time.

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