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Madden NFL 17 HB Stretch Run Defense

The most common running play that is being called at higher levels of Madden is HB Stretch.  Today, we are breaking down a really easy way to stop any HB Stretch in Madden NFL 17.

Check out the full breakdown below.

Madden 17 HB Stretch Defense: 3-4 Odd Cover 2 Hard Flat

Playbook: Multiple D (And Others)

Formation: 3-4 Odd

Play: Cover 2 Hard Flat


  1. Base align
  2. Press coverage
  3. Move both cornerbacks to the inside until you can see them on the screen

Overview: The Stretch run is the most popular run in this year’s game. This defense will shut it down. The corners will fly in to blow up the run as the running back is handed the ball. User the safety just to make sure the running back does not get outside.


Let’s break it down a little further.

Madden 17 Stretch Defense 1

This is how the play should look.  Notice the position of the cornerbacks.

Madden 17 Stretch Defense 2

This is what the offense will see pre-snap.

Madden 17 Stretch Defense 3

You notice right away that our cornerback is in the backfield right when the running back gets the ball.

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  1. @madden school, pretty solid strategy but i feel that the NICKEL WIDE EDGE BLITZ works better against this run with press coverage also. Also this isn’t the most popular run. What do u guys do to stop the I FORM TWIN TE, BENGALS POWER G RUN? Or Those counter runs from power formations? Guys online sub in extra Offensive linemen at TE, TE at reciever and run those 2 plays 2 death lol. I see this a lot with the Cowboys and Chiefs. How would you guys counter this???

    1. We’ll try to get a few tips out in the future on how to stop the other popular runs in Madden 17.

  2. Wouldn’t the offense just audible into a pass play and hit the wideouts deep once the opposition sees the cornerbacks moved inside?

    1. Yup @will. Any experienced player will streak his receivers and bullet pass for a big gain possibly a TD

      1. There are plenty of ways to beat this defense but it isn’t as simple as just streaking your outside receiver and throwing a quick pass. That will not work.

      2. that wouldnt work because the corners dont cover deep anyway so a quick deep pass would get picked off because theres safeties overtop and the corners will be underneath still

  3. Is there a defense in the Jaguars D book that is effective too?