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    Madden 2001 FAQ v.1.0
    Author: Dan Thomas
    E-Mail: Dan3369@hotmail.com
    AIM: Tdan171
    Feel free to IM or E-Mail me if I have made an error, if you have any 
    questions about the game, this FAQ, or if you have a request for information 
    about Madden 2001 that is not covered in this FAQ.
    I would like to thank EA Sports for making an AWESOME game
    Thanks to John Madden and Pat Summerall for great NFL commentary
    Table of Contents
    1. Controls
    2. Top Players
    3. Top Teams
    4. Bottom Teams
    5. Strategies
    6. Version Information
    1. Controls
    Gamepad Pro Controls:
    Pause game						Start
    Call Timeout					Select
    Instant Replay					L2
    Cycle through sets and formations		D-Pad
    Select set and formation			Yellow
    Cycle through plays				D-Pad up and down
    Select a play					Red, yellow, or green
    Flip play						R1
    Previous formation				Blue
    Offense (Before the snap)
    View receivers to the left/right		L1/R1
    Fake the snap					Green
    Call an audible  		   Red, then Red, yellow, green, L1, R1, or L2
    Move receiver in motion	             	D-Pad left and right
    Call a hot route					Blue
    QB crowd control					R2
    Snap the ball					Yellow
    Speed Burst						Yellow
    Dive/QB slide					Red
    Jump/Hurdle						Blue
    Spin							Green
    Stiff arm						R2
    Juke left/right					L1/R1
    Lateral the ball					L2
    View available receivers			Yellow
    Pass to the receiver with that control symbol   Red, yellow, green, L1, or R1
    QB scramble						Blue
    Throw ball away					R2 + Blue
    Route-based passing				L2 + receiver symbol
    Pump fake						R2 + receiver symbol
    Control receiver					Yellow
    Dive for pass					Red
    Jump for pass					Blue
    Defense (Before the snap)
    Cycle defenders					Yellow/Green
    Reposition player					D-Pad
    Zoom out						Blue
    Shift Defensive line				L1
    Shift secondary					R1
    Call an audible	         Red, then red, yellow, green, L1, R1, or L2
    Crowd Control					R2
    Read-n-React Defense				L2, then D-Pad up and down
    Defense (After the snap)
    Control player nearest to the ball		Yellow
    Dive							Red
    Power tackle/speed burst			Green
    Jump							Blue
    Strip ball						L1
    Swim move						R1
    Kicking Game
    Kickoff						Yellow, then red, yellow, or green
    Field goals						Yellow, then red, yellow, or green
    Punts							Yellow then Yellow
    Direction of kick					D-Pad left and right
    Call an audible					Red
    Kickoff/Punt receiving
    Control return man				D-Pad
    Switch players					Yellow
    Fair catch/kneel					Blue
    Control Conversion Table
    Gamepad Pro D-Pad = Sidewinder D-Pad = Keyboard up, left, down, right
    Gamepad Pro Red = Sidewinder X = Keyboard S
    Gamepad Pro Yellow = Sidewinder A = Keyboard D
    Gamepad Pro Green = Sidewinder B = Keyboard F
    Gamepad Pro Blue = Sidewinder Y = Keyboard E
    Gamepad Pro L1 = Sidewinder Left Trigger = Keyboard W
    Gamepad Pro R1 = Sidewinder Right Trigger = Keyboard R
    Gamepad Pro L2 = Sidewinder Z = Keyboard A
    Gamepad Pro R2 = Sidewinder C = Keyboard G
    Gamepad Pro Select = Sidewinder M = Keyboard T
    Gamepad Pro Start = Sidewinder Start = Keyboard Spacebar
    2. Top Players
    Here is my comprehensive list of the top five players at every position. 
    These rankings are based on their skill on this game
    1. Kurt Warner
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Brett Favre
    4. Troy Aikman
    5. Brad Johnson
    1. Marshall Faulk
    2. Eddie George
    3. Fred Taylor
    4. Edgerrin James
    5. Stephen Davis
    1. Mike Alstott
    2. Tony Richardson
    3. Donnell Bennett
    4. Larry Centers
    5. Jermaine Fazande
    Wide Receivers
    1. Keyshawn Johnson
    2. Marvin Harrison
    3. Randy Moss
    4. Tim Brown
    5. Jimmy Smith
    Tight Ends
    1. Frank Wycheck
    2. Tony Gonzalez
    3. Wesley Walls
    4. Shannon Sharpe
    5. Jay Riemersma
    Left Tackles
    1. Tony Boselli
    2. Johnathon Ogden
    3. Orlando Pace
    4. William Roaf
    5. Bob Whitfield
    Left Guards
    1. Larry Allen
    2. Ruben Brown
    3. Randall McDaniel
    4. Bruce Matthews
    5. Raleigh Mackenzie
    1. Dermontti Dawson
    2. Kevin Mawae
    3. Tom Nalen
    4. Jeff Christy
    5. Fred Winters
    Right Guards
    1. Will Shields
    2. Tre' Johnson
    3. Adam Timmerman
    4. Kevin Gogan
    5. Marco Rivera
    Right Tackles
    1. Leon Searcy
    2. John Runyan
    3. Erik Williams
    4. Willie Anderson
    5. Adam Meadows
    Left Ends
    1. Kevin Carter
    2. Michael Strahan
    3. Robert Porcher
    4. Michael Sinclair
    5. Reggie White
    Right Ends
    1. Tony Brackens
    2. Chuck Smith
    3. Chad Bratzke
    4. Bruce Smith
    5. Michael McCrary
    Defensive Tackles
    1. Warren Sapp
    2. John Randle
    3. Bryant Young
    4. Darrell Russell
    5. Chester McGlockton
    Left Outside Linebackers
    1. Peter Boulware
    2. Mo Lewis
    3. Bill Romanowski
    4. Chad Brown
    5. Cornelious Bennett
    Middle Linebackers
    1. Ray Lewis
    2. Zach Thomas
    3. Hardy Nickerson
    4. Levon Kirkland
    5. Stephen Boyd
    Right Outside Linebackers
    1. Junior Seau
    2. Derrick Brooks
    3. Jessie Armstead
    4. Jamir Miller
    5. Kevin Hardy
    1. Sam Madison
    2. Deion Sanders
    3. Charles Woodson
    4. Aeneas Williams
    5. Todd Lyght
    Free Safety
    1. Carnell Lake
    2. Brock Marion
    3. Mark Carrier
    4. Rod Woodson
    5. Kurt Schulz
    Strong Safety 
    1. John Lynch
    2. Lawyer Milloy
    3. Leroy Butler
    4. Rodney Harrison
    5. Darren Woodson
    1. Jason Elam
    2. Jason Hanson
    3. John Kasay
    4. Olindo Mare
    5. Al Del Greco
    1. Bryan Barker
    2. Tom Tupa
    3. Darren Bennett
    4. Mitch Berger
    5. Tom Rouen
    3. Top Teams
    Here are the top five lists at each category.
    1. Cowboys
    2. Packers
    3. Rams
    4. Redskins
    5. Titans
    1. Jaguars
    2. Lions
    3. Ravens
    4. Buccaneers
    5. Rams
    Special Teams
    1. Redskins
    2. Broncos
    3. Jets
    4. Bills
    5. Dolphins
    1. Jaguars
    2. Broncos
    3. Rams
    4. Redskins
    5. Buccaneers
    4. Bottom Teams
    These teams just can't get it done. Here are the five worst teams at each 
    1. Browns
    2. Giants
    3. Bears
    4. Cardinals
    5. Chargers
    1. Bengals
    2. 49ers
    3. Saints
    4. Steelers
    5. Eagles
    Special Teams
    1. Bears
    2. Cardinals
    3. Chiefs
    4. Cowboys
    5. Bengals
    1. Bears
    2. Bengals
    3. Browns
    4. Cardinals
    5. Chargers
    5. Strategies
    Having trouble moving the ball? Are you getting fired from your teams in 
    franchise mode? Here is some help:
    Building a Team:
    As most people know, you need a great Quarterback. I would suggest also 
    picking up an average backup to fall back on should your starter get injured.
    Halfback is, in my opinion, the most important offensive position on Madden 
    2001. You can't rely on the passing game forever, so you have to have a good 
    backfield. I would suggest a speedy guy with good tackle breaking ability
    Fullbacks and Tight Ends are basically luxuries for teams who are solid most 
    everywhere else. If your halfback's rating is below 80, do not worry about a 
    fullback or tight end. Instead, concentrate on picking up a better halfback
    Wide Receivers are also necessities. You need at least 2-3 good receivers and 
    2-3 average to poor receivers. Remember, even a poor receiver can catch a 
    Offensive Line, often overlooked, is just as important as any other position. 
    A couple of good tackles will send your running back to 10-15 yard gains and 
    more on toss, sweep, and off tackle plays. Pick up solid guards and a center 
    for big gains up the middle. Another important part of the O-Line is 
    quarterback protection. At one point in my franchise, all of my linemen were 
    rated 85 or higher. Almost every pass play I ran, my QB had near five seconds 
    of time in the pocket.
    Defensive Lineman will end your opponent's game very quickly if it is 
    correctly utilized. As most people already know, the defensive line's job is 
    to stop runners and nail QBs. A few good linemen are the first steps toward a 
    solid defense
    Linebackers are a very important part of the team. Pick up the right 
    combination of LB sizes and speeds, and your defense will be near its 
    Defensive backs and Safeties will make or break your team. Good coverage men 
    will stop passes and make interceptions left and right. Weak coverage will 
    get burned by even the average receivers.
    Game strategies
    Early in the game, concentrate on staying balanced. Split up your passes and 
    runs fairly evenly. Almost always run the ball on 1st down and pass on any 
    3rd and 5 or greater. Avoid passing deep at almost all costs. If you are 
    winning by a large margin near the end of the game, run on every play and 
    stay in bounds as to keep the clock running. If you are down near the end, 
    you have to pass downfield often. In a close game, as ridiculous as it may 
    seem, keep running. Slam the ball down their throats. Long passes are just 
    offering them an interception.
    Defense: If you're sure that they're running, use a 4-3 package. On an 
    obvious pass, use the 3-4 Safe or, my favorite, the Dime Prevent.  If you 
    aren't sure, Use the nickel formation or a 3-4. 
    6. Version Information
    Version 1.0- Created FAQ! Made Controls, Top Players, Top Teams, Bottom 
    Teams, and Strategies sections.
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