Like in real life, the Kyle Shanahan scheme is run-heavy with zone blocking efforts on many plays from the linemen. Who prefers to drain the clock and play ball control, sometimes possessing the football for full quarters at a time, the 49ers playbook is an excellent choice.
While most of these favor the air game, NCAASPREAD offers a range of RPO's (run-pass options) for teams using a shifty QB/HE combination. Just as Shanahan can seemingly turn any RB into a star on offense, his defensive scheme allows for some confusing and rarer formations to disrupt offenses, including the 46 and 5-2 formations which are excellent against the run.
As for the Patriots, Belching may not be in the game but his legacy as a mastermind lives on through the defensive prowess of “NE Coach.” No standard playbook offers this sort of versatility, and it makes sense when you consider the Patriots' proud history of real-life successes on defense.
As is often the case online, HEATSEEKER is a playbook for the blitz -happy Madden players. DEFENSIVEBIBLE is the most versatile of the bunch, most closely mirroring a real NFL playbook with its many looks.
HYBRIDSMOKE, like FLEXIBLE on offense, offers plays for all situations, whether you favor zone or man, and with plenty of blitzes for the right moments. This Madden NFL 21Playbook guide will go over the best Offense, Defense and Overall books in the game.
Madden NFL 21 has brought little changes from the previous entries in terms of the best playbooks. You can think of playbooks as guidebooks that come with their unique formations, strategies, personnel, defensive, and offensive options.
Miami Dolphins This is an absolute must-have playbook if you want to build the ultimate defense. However, there are other playbooks that are more suited to players who are just starting the game and getting a feel for their defensive capabilities.
It has some solid Gun plays that you can turn to with very tight doubles but one notable formation is Bunch T/E which is difficult to stop. New Orleans Saints This Playbook has been renowned over the years because of its great offense capabilities.
You get a wide variety of choices in Shotgun plays such as Y off Trio WK which is great for running. I Form Tight, Slot Flex and Close are all great, so this playbook allows you to cover some ground efficiently.
Baltimore Ravens This playbook has everything a running quarterback needs to get ahead in the game. Spread Y-Flex is a wonderful formation with many options such as Raven HE Seam, RPO Zone Peak, PA Deep Outs, and 8-ball.
Running Quarterbacks can take advantage of the Gun Y Trio Offset WK formation. It has options such as Inside Zone Split, PA FL screen and Z Under.
West Coast Alternate This one isn’t particularly stacked, but it makes up for it with some quality formations. The Gun Bunch formation has a lot to offer in terms of unique plays.
WR Post is an amazing pass play that is rare so don’t expect to find this in a lot of the other playbooks. The Gun Bunch play Deep Corner is similarly unique to this playbook.
Stick has one of the best corner outs in Madden NFL so don’t take it for granted. All this variety earns this Playbook the spot on the top of many lists every year.
The Shotgun has the best Split Close in the Madden NFL 21 because of impressive plays such as X Drag Trail, Pats Curls, Z Spot and others. It has plays such as Pats HE screen and Deep Slot Curl.
The Gun Ace Slot is one of the best formations because it allows you to run the ball across the field easily. It has some solid Gun plays that you can turn to with very tight doubles but one notable formation is Bunch T/E which is difficult to stop.
In the case of the Seahawks, the shotgun-heavy playbook works really well online where players tend to emphasize the blitz more than most teams do in true to life. The space and selection of formations within the Seahawks’ shotgun set offers many different looks, so even when you’re being released in, for example, Shotgun Wing Tight Slots, your opponent will not know if you should be going to attack the middle of the field, play the flats, or run a draw.
Like in true to life, the Kyle Shanahan scheme is run-heavy with zone blocking efforts on many plays from the linemen. Who prefers to drain the clock and play ball control, sometimes possessing the football for full quarters at a time, the 49ers playbook is an excellent choice.
Below are the names of the most downloaded community-created playbooks in Madden21 as of early September 2020: HOLOGRAM FIREARM FLEXIBLE NCAASPREAD While many of these favor the air game, NCAASPREAD provides a range of RPO's (run-pass options) for teams using a shifty QB/HE combination.
No standard playbook offers this sort of versatility, and it is sensible when you consider the Patriots’ proud history of real-life successes on defense. DEFENSIVEBIBLE may be the most versatile of the bunch, most closely mirroring a real NFL playbook using its many looks.
HYBRIDSMOKE, like FLEXIBLE on offense, offers plays for many situations, whether you favor zone or man, with plenty of blitzes for the proper moments. Future, meanwhile, provides the most Nickel looks I’ve ever noticed in a playbook with six different schemes using the extra defensive back.
Madden21 has been unleashed with stronger, sharper strategies and AI Playbooks this year. You might be wondering whether to go with the same Madden 20 strategies or dig in deep into the changes made and act accordingly.
It gives a lot of glitches since you can run like fire zone two that has been quite a renowned style for years. Besides, Saint Francisco 49ers also gives 46, 5-2, Dime, Dollar Goal Line Defense, Nickel and Prevent formations.
The specialty of Baltimore is that it is a wonderful 3-4 Playbook consisting of Bear, Over and Under 3-4 formations. Though the only lacking in the 3-4 formation of Baltimore is that it doesn’t have a 3-4 Odd, its 3-4 Bear does fulfill the gap and gives exclusive cover 2 invert play that has been quite useful over the years.
This is quite unusual to be found in Baltimore Ravens since it is mostly in New England and Detroit Playbooks and has a huge fan following. The New York Giants is pretty good this year because there are multiple defense strategies in there.
New England Patriots, like New York Giants is also a multiple Defense Playbook having many 4-3 plays which are quite good. There is quite a lot of stuff that you do require at different times but can oddly find all of them in a single playbook.
The Nickel class in Miami Dolphins is also quite special with all the formations of 2-4-5, 2-4-5 Double A Gap, 3-3-5 Odd, 3-3-5 Wide and Normal. Screens seemed to have been fixed for Madden21, so watch out for Gun Ace Slot Offset.
The Single back and I Form are both great under center formations to run the ball from. Stretch plays are available in multiple formation types to get the defense on its heels.
Factoring in plenty of trick plays devised by Sean Payton, it has a lot of surprises for defenses and mixes the run with passing attacks. Lots of Single back options, with the unique Single Double North giving versatility that the other playbooks don't offer.
One of the core 4-3 playbooks, the 49ers plays are great for teams with small and fast DE's like Nick Boss. Having the option of Dime and Dollar is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to increasing the number of defensive backs on the field.
Unlike previous Maddens, there are a handful of Madden21 playbooks that give the option of 3-4 and 4-3 versatility. Honorable mention for the Giants, Patriots and Lions, but we have gone with Jets playbook.
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You don't need a team of superstar pass rushers like Joey Boss or Aaron Donald. At the same time, you can still get back to cover the pass over the middle to prevent giving up easy yardage to the short throw, and maybe even get an interception.
This requires a lot of practice to make sure you don't give up short throws. Also, if you overuse this tactic then good players will adjust and find some short slants or flats to try and beat it.
You should always user a player on a short zone, you won't be able to cover deep in the field. But if you master this technique, you will have an ace up your sleeve for the 3rd downplay where you really need a stop.