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Why EA Should Remove the 46 Playbook

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Why EA Should Remove the 46 Playbook

Post by GREENERRRR on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:02 pm

This article is reproduced with permision of our friends at madden-school.com
written by: Eddie Weekley [baller7345]

EA Should Remove The 46 Playbook

I know this isn’t going to be the most popular argument, but hear me out. The 46 defense is not 4 defensive linemen and 6 LBs as is commonly thought by the public but instead the 46 is called the 46 due to guy named Doug Plank. He was the Bears starting Strong Safety and just happen to wear the number 46. The 46 is just a play on the 4-3 with 8 men in the box and 6 men on the line. The 46 defense was and still is based on getting pressure on the QB, namely through sending as many Cover 0 blitzes as one can possibly send. When you don’t send 6 its typically because you are sending more than 6. In its heyday this was an extraordinary concept. Since the passing game was still vertically based it allowed the Bears of the mid 80’s to go on a defensive onslaught that has never been replicated. It caused teams to pull their QBs due to both injury and bad play, and at one point Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense knocked out 9 starting QBs over the course of a season when he was coaching the Houston Oiler’s defense.

So with all that praise why would I be arguing for it to be removed? To put it simply the defense is antiquated now, teams still want to get pressure but they do so in more conservative ways (Fire Zone Blitzes). Why is that, what changed from the mid 80’s to the late 80’s? The 46 met its end the moment the West Coast offense was born in Cincinnati. The offense that Bill Walsh developed to take advantage of his talent problem while coaching the Bengals spelled doom to the 46’s grip over the NFL for one reason. The offense revolved around a quick hitting, timing based passing game which simply negated the pressure that the 46 was trying to bring. Teams could send 6 all day, but it wouldn’t matter because the ball was out before anyone could get home. When you rely on defenders pressed so close to the line to defend timing routes and other man beating concepts (such as Walsh’s Flanker Drive) you have to be perfect and if you aren’t you are going to pay.

The West Coast offense may have killed the 46 defense as a base defense in the NFL, but for whatever reason Madden continues to offer it s an option to players. Thanks in part to the Speed Package it has remained a fan favorite, but I am here to argue that we should let it go. Instead of praising EA for including a defense that has become regulated as a change of pace formation, we ask for it to be removed from the game in place of some more modern defenses. The 46’s situation only gets worse as more spread offensive concepts creep into the NFL and that doesn’t look like it is going to change any time soon.

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Re: Why EA Should Remove the 46 Playbook

Post by JediCapricorn on Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:37 am

i disagree 100%.. The 46 is my favorite playbook.. I have been using it for years...

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