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What You Need To Know About The New Madden 20 Defensive Controls

The controller layout in Madden 20, especially on defense, is different than it has been for the last 10 years of Madden.

Luckily it is only a minor re-work but it can feel like a major pain if you don’t know what you are doing.

Honestly, it will take a little while to get used to and it will likely frustrate people for the first few weeks but hopefully at that point, people are used to it and no one will even remember.

In the video below, we are going over the major changes to the controller in Madden 20.

What You Need To Know About The New Madden 20 Defensive Controls

Here are the highlights.

  • RB/R1 no longer controls your linebackers. It is now right on the D-pad to bring up linebacker adjustments like shifting or pinching.
  • LB/L1 no longer controls your defensive line. It is now left on the D-pad to bring up defensive line adjustments.
  • RT/R2 no longer always brings up play art. It can sometimes but it is now LT/L2 + up on the right stick.
  • LB/L1 this year brings up what LT/L2 used to bring up. Where you can run commit, QB contain, etc.
  • Run fits are nowhere to be found at this point.

What are your thoughts on the change? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. I’m going with you guys this year because I’ve realized those guys on YouTube have no idea what they are talking about. I don’t think they are even playing on all Madden when they post nano blitz’s

    1. That’s awesome man, we are glad to have you! There are a lot of Youtubers who have absolutely no idea what they are doing. The reason we have been able to stay in business for 12 years is because every play we release is tested to work at the highest levels of competition

    2. LOL all madden no one plays on all madden no more

  2. Easier quick d shifts, less button mashing

  3. That shit is trash bro. Tell your EA resource they need to change it back asap.

    1. If you have the time and energy to figure it out you can actually remap any of the buttons for Xbox One entirely and probably PS4 but whatever button you switch will always be whatever you switch it to for that game

  4. Crap ! And yes frustrated. But just have to get use to it. They at least could’ve given us the option of doing either or.

  5. is there a way to individual hot route? also what about match up comparison?

  6. Is hit stick still the same? I’ve tried it a few times and can’t get to hit. This is my 5th season with ya’ll and I’m still impressed with your work.


    1. Yes hit stick is the same this year as far as controls go, but they made it much harder to execute. You really have to line it up perfectly or you’ll whiff. Thank you for your support man! 5 years is a long time and we definitely appreciate it.

  7. Run fit on XBOX ONE is holding LT + RT then X or B.

    1. Thanks for finding that! It is LT + RT + B on XBOX or LT + RT + Circle on PS4

  8. What game mode are you in to practice this ?
    I can’t practice without play clock running out.

    1. This is just done in practice mode

  9. Thanks for the info but Changing this stuff up sucks! I don’t like this season. I’m turning this season in and will try in a year or two. The crappy part is all my friends love to play madden on deployment. Guess we will play COD.

  10. how do i make my dline qb contain in 4-4 split or 4-3 over?

    1. L1 + R1 on PS4 or LB + RB on XBOX