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Madden 16 Nano Blitz That Brings Quick Pressure

In Madden 16 it is harder than ever to get consistent pressure but we’ve found plenty of really effective nano blitzes.  We have one today that you can use to dominate right away.

In this free tip, we are going over a 5 man rush that brings heat from right up the middle.

Madden 16 Nano Blitz: Quarter Normal - DB Strike 1

Playbook: Most playbooks

Formation: Quarter Normal

Play: DB Strike 1


  1. (Optional) Use the linebacker pass rush package
  2. Shift your defensive line down
  3. Crash your defensive line down
  4. Move your blitzing cornerback on the left side of the screen down and in a little (See video for exact positioning)

Overview: This play can get extremely quick pressure anytime you are expecting your opponent to pass.  You may want to pass commit.

Slide protecting down doesn’t stop the pressure.  Also, most times if the offense blocks an extra running back or tight end on the right side of the screen, it won’t do anything either.

In case you are wondering how to slow down this play, all you have to do is either slide protect to the left or block an extra guy on the left side of the screen.  Play action passes can also cause this play not to get immediate pressure.

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Let’s get back to this blitz though.  In the next section, we explain what it should look like, why it works, and how to run it correctly.

DB Strike 1 Screenshot 2015-08-22 14-38-02

This is how the play should look pre-snap.  Remember to move your cornerback on the left side of the screen up towards the line of scrimmage and in a little.

DB Strike 1 Screenshot 2015-08-22 14-38-54

This shows you essentially what will happen if you set up the play correctly when the ball is snapped.  The LT will step out to block the cornerback.  The LG will try to block your defensive tackle leaving the defensive end free to get after the quarterback.

Madden 16 Nano: DB Strike 1

Right when the ball is snapped, you can see our defensive end scream through the gap with a free shot at the quarterback.

DB Strike 1 Screenshot 2015-08-22 14-40-16

The play ends in an easy sack before any receiver has a chance to get open.

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  1. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong, but this blitz never works for me. When I run it, the LG blocks the DE and the LT goes and blocks the CB. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    1. If they are blocking an extra guy it won’t work or if they are using slide protection to the left or sometimes on playaction it wont work. Also if you run it too many times the offensive line starts to adjust automatically.

      1. When I’m setting up this play the d line doesn’t pinch when I tell them to.

        1. That is weird. Sometimes you gotta do it a few times to make sure it registers.

          1. It’s there an in depth e book for the Carolina panthers for ps3 Madden 16?

  2. Do these only work for PS4? I can’t get them to work on PS3.

    1. Yes these plays only work on the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One.

        1. No we longer cover PS3 or XBOX 360.

  3. This does not work for me, I’ve tried it in game and in practice but never works. I’ve made sure all the proper adjustments are made but the guy always gets picked up.

  4. How do you shift and crash your D-Line down on Xbox One? Thanks.

    1. To shift your defensive line down on XBOX One it is: LB + down on the left stick. Then to crash them down it is LB + down on right stick.

  5. when I’m looking through the Custom Defensive PB options all I see is Quarters 3 Deep not Normal… is this because all playbooks have Quarters Normal?

  6. Nvm I was search from “My Plays” not “All Plays”

  7. Nice defensive plays thinking of getting tha defensive playbook. THANKS for the TIPS!

  8. Please slow down when making adjustments and pause so we can see the adjustment pad.