This mini ebook features 14 plays from 3 formations all found in the New Orleans Saints playbook in Madden 16.  The New Orleans Offense mini ebook is all on one page for your convenience.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: PA Shot Seams

Setup:

  1. Hot route your Y/triangle receiver to a drag route
  2. Motion your X/square receiver to the left a couple of steps and snap it before he gets set

Reads:

  1. You are always looking to your X/square receiver on the speed out route first
  2. If he is covered, look to your Y/triangle receiver on the drag route or your tight end up the seam

Overview: This play will make your opponent really mad.  The only way to stop the X/square route consistently is to user it or call a cover 2 zone

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Inside Zone

Setup:

  1. Motion your X/square receiver to the left a couple of steps and snap it before he gets set

Overview: This is your go to running play in this formation.  You should get a pretty consistent gain if you have a good offensive line and running back.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: HB Counter

Setup:

  1. Motion your X/square receiver to the left a couple of steps and snap it before he gets set

Overview: Call this play every now and then so your opponent doesn’t key in on the inside zone running play to the left side of the screen.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Saints Drive Out

Setup:

  1. Hot route the A/X tight end to a curl route
  2. Motion your X/square receiver to the left a couple of steps and snap it before he gets set

Reads:

  1. Look to your X/square receiver on the speed out
  2. Your B/circle receiver also runs a really good route that destroys man coverage and gets opponent against most zones as well
  3. Your running back in the flat should be open against man coverage
  4. You can hit your tight end on the curl route if he is open and everyone else is covered

Overview: This play has 4 really good options against man to man defense, but it also can work against zone if you make the correct reads.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Gun Tight Offset TE

Play: Slot Outs

Setup:

  1. Motion your X/square receiver to the left a couple of steps and snap it before he gets set

Reads:

  1. Your primary read on this play is your running back coming out of the backfield.

Overview:  This is a great play to call on a random 3rd and 4 after you have called the other plays in this formation.  It is just about an automatic 5 yards if you have a running back who can catch and your opponent doesn’t know it is coming.

 

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Verticals

Setup:

  1. Block your running back
  2. Put your tight end on a drag route

Reads:

  1. Against cover 3 defense, look to bomb the ball deep to your Y/triangle receiver
  2. Against cover 2 defense, hit your X/square receiver along the sideline
  3. Against man defense, your B/circle receiver will usually be open
  4. Your tight end should be open for about 5-7 yards if everyone else is covered

Overview: This is our main play from the Pistol Bunch TE formation.  It can be extremely effective if you make the correct reads.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Cross Drag

Setup:

  1. Hot route your running back to a swing route to the right
  2. Hot route your tight end to a streak route

Reads:

  1. Against zone, your Y/triangle receiver is usually going to be wide open
  2. Against man defense, look to your B/circle receiver

Overview: This is a great play to mix in do your opponent has to worry about the middle/right side of the field as well as the deep/left side of the field with the Verticals play.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Pistol Bunch TE

Play: Strong Power

Setup:

  1. (Optional) Use the right stick to flip the run to the other side

Overview: The passing plays from this formation are really effective but in order to make them even better, you will need to establish the threat of a credible running game from this formation.  That is what this play is for.

 

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: PA Scissors

Setup:

  1. (Optional) Use Twin HB package

Reads:

  1. Always look to your tight end first
  2. If he is covered, look to your X/square receiver
  3. If both of those guys are covered, your fullback in the flat is just about guaranteed to be open.

Overview: This play is great for 2 reasons.  First, there is no real setup required which means the defense won’t have time to set up.  And second, it is a play action pass to go along with the really effective running plays in this formation.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: Quick Toss

Setup:

  1. Make sure you have a fast running back in

Overview: Get to the outside and follow your blockers.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: WR Out

Setup:

  1. (Optional) Block your running back

Reads:

  1. Your first look is always to your X/square receiver on the speed out route
  2. If he is covered, your B/circle receiver will often get open against zone defense
  3. You can also hit your tight end on the post route or your fullback in the flat

Overview: This is a great play to call when you are expecting a blitz.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: Counter Weak

Setup:

  1. Make sure you have a fast running back in

Overview: You will want to call this play once your opponent starts over playing the right side of the screen to defend against the quick toss.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: Mesh

Setup:

  1. Put your B/circle receiver on a streak route

Reads:

  1. Your first look is always your tight end on the corner route
  2. If the tight end is covered, look to your X/square receiver on the drag route
  3. Or your fullback in the flat can come open as well

Overview: This is such a simple play but if you make your reads correctly, it can be incredibly hard to stop on defense.

Playbook: New Orleans Saints

Formation: Strong Close

Play: HB Off Tackle

Setup: None Required

Overview: Just follow your blockers and get 3-5 yards unless your opponent knows the play is coming.