In today’s free tip, we are going over how to stop HB Counter out of the Pistol Ace formation which is a very common running play in Madden 17.  This play does a good job of slowing most counter plays in the game and isn’t just limited to the Pistol Ace formation.

You can check it out below.

Playbook: Any 4-3

Formation: 4-3 Stack

Play: Cover 4


  1. (Optional) Base Align
  2. Pinch your defensive line and crash them down
  3. Spread your linebackers

Overview: Getting to the outside of the pulling blockers is the formula for stopping counter runs, and Cover 4 is a very effective way to do that.

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