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    Table of Contents
    [INTRO] Introduction
    [MODES] Modes of Play
    [CONTR] Controls
    [TEAMS] Team Stats
    [SUBST] Suggested Substitutions
    [OFFPB] Offensive Playbook
    [DEFPB] Defensive Playbook
    [NOTES] FAQs and General Tips
    [REALL] Comparing with Reality
    [VERSN] Version History
    [COPYR] Copyright
    [CONTC] Contact Information
    Introduction                                                         [INTRO]
    Writing a guide for Madden NFL 2004 was so exciting, I'm doing another football
    guide - my sixth for a football game and my 35th total! For the purposes of
    being "intellectually honest," I must say that some of this guide is taken from
    he Madden '96 guide I wrote back in January, as the two games have fairly
    similar playbooks.
    While Madden '95 doesn't have today's graphics or updated rosters, it has a
    deep playbook for its time and great music. Madden '95 has lightning-fast
    players and more of an arcade feel than most titles in the Madden series. There
    are no actual players, although all 28 NFL teams (as of 1994) are included. It
    may take a little while to learn all the spins and other moves, but it's not
    like the ultra-complicated newer games.
    Modes of Play                                                        [MODES]
    Here you can play an exhibition game using the teams of your choice. You can
    select the venue, weather, and quarter length, too.
    ---Sudden Death---
    Sudden Death is essentially an overtime period that matches up the teams of
    your choice.
    ---New Season---
    This starts a new season. Imagine that! You can select as many or as few games
    as you wish to play. If you have a season or playoff in progress, starting a
    new season erases the previous season's data, so be careful.
    ---New Playoffs---
    Here you can start a new playoff series. Again, this erases any data from
    previous seasons or playoffs.
    ---Continue Season---
    If you have a season in progress, this is where you can go to resume it.
    ---Continue Playoffs---
    If you have playoffs in progress, you can resume them with this option.
    Controls                                                             [CONTR]
    This is similar to the content found in the manual.
    Control pad any direction - Move player
    START - Pause game
    Start the power bar - B
    Stop the power bar - B (when it's near the top)
    Aim kick left/right - Control pad left/right
    Call an audible - A
    Line up for an onside kick (after calling an audible) - A
    Return to standard kicking formation (after calling an audible) - B
    Control the kick receiver - Control pad any direction
    ---Before the snap---
    Set a man in motion - Control pad left or right
    Fake snap signal (HUT!) - X
    Snap the ball - B
    Select player to control - B or X
    Line surge - L or R
    ---Audibles (either offense or defense)---
    Call an audible - A
    Select an audible play (after calling an audible) - Y, B, or A
    Cancel audible - X
    ---After the snap---
    Burst of speed/break tackle - B
    Dive/QB slide - Y
    Hurdle - X
    Spin - A
    Control player closest to the ball - B
    Dive - Y
    Jump and raise hands - X
    Power Tackle - A
    Move the quarterback - Control Pad any direction
    Bring up passing letters - B
    Pass to receiver Y, B, or A - Y, B, or A 
    Note: The longer you hold down the pass button, the harder the throw will be. 
    Don't forget that your quarterback can run, too.
    Control receiver closest to the ball - B
    Jump and raise hands - X
    Dive - Y
    Spin - A
    Fake snap signal (HUT!) - X
    Start power bar/snap the ball - B
    Aim the kick - Control pad left/right
    Kick the ball - B
    ---Play Calling---
    Move play selection highlight - Control pad up/down
    Flip play (Only for offense, and not available for the Special Teams
    formations) - X
    Return to formation select screen from play screen - L or R
    Move highlight up/down - Control Pad up/down
    Cycle through choices - Control Pad left/right
    Select highlighted option - START
    These aren't exactly controls, but there are a few settings on the Pre-Game
    Show/pause screen that affect your controls. First select "Gameplay Options."
    You can change audibles here, but I discuss that in the Q&A section. First, you
    can change the play-calling mode from "direct" to "bluff." This is only useful
    against a human opponent. In bluff mode, you still select plays using the B
    button, but you can also make fake selections (before or after the actual
    selection) using the Y button. When you're finished, press A. Second, you can
    switch the pass catch mode from automatic to manual. Normally, the computer
    controls the receiver while the pass is in the air, but in manual mode you take
    control of the receiver as soon you throw the ball (better for advanced
    players). Third, you can turn Pass Windows on or off. I prefer them off (the
    default), although you might want things to look the way they did in John
    Madden Football '93.
    Team Stats                                                           [TEAMS]
    These team ratings are generally accurate, although the game designers fumbled
    the snap on a few of them; for example, the highly-rated Houston Oilers went 2-
    14 in 1994. I can also tell you that the 49ers had better wide receivers than
    the Steelers. By the way, SPC is the Special Teams rating, if you couldn't
    figure that out.
                               Overall  QB RB WR OL DL LB DB SPC
    Arizona Cardinals             55    41 64 46 43 66 74 69 36
    Atlanta Falcons               71    62 23 69 61 33 56 97 61
    Buffalo Bills                 68    53 66 75 35 57 86 77 46
    Chicago Bears                 39    36 55 51 24 20 52 75 42
    Cincinnati Bengals            62    49 64 73 29 53 56 78 49
    Cleveland Browns              74    45 76 73 33 52 56 99 57
    Dallas Cowboys                82    78 72 80 99 74 24 81 33
    Denver Broncos                84    87 68 99 45 40 76 92 54
    Detroit Lions                 66    70 57 71 67 67 54 44 48
    Green Bay Packers             59    49 51 45 33 99 20 85 45
    Houston Oilers                73    57 49 81 40 61 50 87 56
    Indianapolis Colts            62    53 86 62 44 51 58 83 37
    Kansas City Chiefs            76    83 92 84 31 69 54 78 50
    Los Angeles Raiders           84    66 66 87 48 55 60 85 65
    Los Angeles Rams              20    66 72 20 24 47 20 52 20
    Miami Dolphins                77    70 82 84 50 50 68 67 57
    Minnesota Vikings             70    83 27 54 70 67 56 88 47
    New England Patriots          72    70 80 78 35 36 99 79 49
    New Orleans Saints            59    36 20 48 65 32 58 82 60
    New York Giants               48    20 51 59 44 44 80 20 57
    New York Jets                 79    62 94 77 40 51 58 92 56
    Philadelphia Eagles           49    99 49 55 20 63 60 62 39
    Pittsburgh Steelers           99    62 99 81 34 36 72 98 99
    San Diego Chargers            74    62 72 67 37 53 60 91 61
    San Francisco 49ers           89    99 86 73 80 63 80 96 39
    Seattle Seahawks              66    78 70 62 36 66 44 70 56
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers          76    45 37 82 71 56 86 76 47
    Washington Redskins           47    32 37 48 71 24 48 52 49
    All Madden                    99    99 72 99 99 95 99 99 65
    Jacksonville Jaguars          99    99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
    Carolina Panthers             99    99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
    Suggested Substitutions                                              [SUBST]
    Note that I assume a 4-3 defense for all teams except Buffalo, Detroit, New
    England, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh. I base these recommendations on player
    ratings in the game, not the lineups used during the actual 1994 NFL season.
    Arizona Cardinals: Start HB2 at HB when using the Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot
    formations. WR2 should be #1, and WR6 should be #4 or #5. The recommended TE
    depth chart is TE3, TE2, and TE1. G2 should start at LG. Use RCB2 at RCB.
    Atlanta Falcons: TE3 should be the #2 TE. DT2 is the better DRT.
    Buffalo Bills: WR depth chart should be 1, 5, 3, 2, 4, 6. TE3 should be #2.
    LCB2 is the better one.
    Chicago Bears: Use HB2 as HB except in Shotgun/Run 'n' Shoot. WR depth chart
    should be 2, 4, 3, 5, 6, 1. TE3 should be #2. Use C2 at center in Goal Line.
    DE2 should start at RE.
    Cincinnati Bengals: HB3 is your best running back. TE3 should be #2. Use T2 at
    RT except in Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot.
    Cleveland Browns: WR2 should be #1. TE #2 is probably best overall. Use T2 at
    LT in Shotgun/Run 'n' Shoot. LCB2 should be RCB1.
    Dallas Cowboys: The best wide receivers are, in order, 1, 2, 5, 4, 6, 3. Rotate
    the free safeties.
    Denver Broncos: WR2 is your best overall WR. DT2 should start at DRT.
    Detroit Lions: Use FB2 at FB except in Goal Line. WR2 should be #1. TE3 should
    be #2. Use G2 at LG in Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot. Use C2 at C in Goal Line.
    LCB2 should be #1.
    Green Bay Packers: WR5 should be your #3 receiver. TE2 may be better than #1,
    especially in pass-oriented offenses. Use C2 at C in Goal Line. Use T2 at RT in
    Goal Line.
    Houston Oilers: Use G2 at LG in most positions, but play him at RG when using
    Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot.
    Indianapolis Colts: Best WR depth chart: 1, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6. Install G2 at LG in
    the Goal Line formation. T2 should be LT except in Goal Line.
    Kansas City Chiefs: WR depth chart: 3, 2, 1, 6, 4, 5. Play T2 at LT in Shotgun
    and Run 'n' Shoot.
    Los Angeles Raiders: TE3 should be #2. Use C2 at center in Run 'n' Shoot and
    Shotgun. Use T2 at RT except in Goal Line. OLB3 should be the LOLB. ILB2 should
    be #1.
    Los Angeles Rams: WR depth chart: 2, 1, 4, 6, 5, 3. T2 should be RT except
    maybe in Goal Line. Use LCB2 at LCB.
    Miami Dolphins: WR2 should be #1. Use G2 at RG in Goal Line. Substitute DT2 at
    DRT in Nickel and Dime.
    Minnesota Vikings: The WR totem pole ought to be 1, 3, 6, 4, 2, 5. Start T2 at
    RT. DE2 should be the full-time DRE.
    New England Patriots: Use HB3 at HB in Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot. WR depth
    chart: 1, 2, 5, 4, 3, 6. C2 should be the center. Use G2 at LG in Run 'n' Shoot
    and Shotgun.
    New Orleans Saints: QB2 is probably your best overall signal-caller. HB3 is
    probably your best overall HB, but use HB2 in Goal Line. Start FB2 at FB. WR
    depth chart: 1, 3, 5, 2, 4, 6. TE3 should be #2. Use T2 at RT in Goal Line.
    New York Giants: WR depth chart: 4, 1, 3, 2, 5, 6. Use T2 at LT in run-oriented
    formations (specifically, Goal Line). Use G2 at RG in Goal Line. DT2 should be
    the starter at DLT. FS2 should be the starting FS.
    New York Jets: WR depth chart: 2, 3, 4, 1, 6, 5. Use G2 at LG, except in
    Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot, where he should play RG.
    Philadelphia Eagles: WR depth chart: 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5. TE3 should be #2. T2
    should start at RT. Use C2 at center and G2 at LG in the Shotgun and Run 'n'
    Shoot formations. FS2 should probably be FS.
    Pittsburgh Steelers: WR depth chart: 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 6. Start T2 at LT in Goal
    Line. Use DT2 at DLT in Nickel and Dime.
    San Diego Chargers: Use HB2 at HB in Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot. The recommended
    WR depth chart is 2, 1, 4, 3, 6, 5. TE2 should be #1. ILB3 is your best overall
    middle linebacker.
    San Francisco 49ers: WR2 is your best overall. DE2 should be the starting DLE.
    Seattle Seahawks: WR2 should be #1. TE depth chart should be 2, 3, 1. Use G2 at
    RG in Goal Line.
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB2 is your best quarterback option. HB2 is your best
    overall back, but use HB1 in Shotgun and Run 'n' Shoot. The WR totem pole is 1,
    3, 2, 4, 6, 5. TE3 is your second-best tight end. G2 should be LG in Goal Line.
    DT2 should be the DRT, and DE2 is the best starter at DLE. Definitely use OLB2
    at ROLB. Use FS2 at SS.
    Washington Redskins: WR depth chart: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6. TE3 should be your
    number-two tight end. DT2 should be DRT.
    All Madden: Use HB3 in Goal Line. FB2 is the best FB. WR6 should be #5. TE2 is
    the best TE. G2 is the better LG in Goal Line. DT2 is the better DRT, at least
    in Goal Line. Consider using RCB2 as LCB. Use SS2 at SS and maybe FS2 at FS.
    There are two substitutions you should also make. On some teams, you might want 
    to change the Nickel formation's fifth defensive back. Also, make sure that
    your wide receiver in the Goal Line formation is the receiver who has the best 
    "Hands" rating; speed isn't much of a factor on the goal line.
    Offensive Playbook                                                   [OFFPB]
    A few notes: I always assume that the play is NOT flipped, but the mirror
    feature (press X on the play selection screen) is good to use from time to
    time, particularly on certain plays or against a human opponent. When I use
    terms like "Y receiver" and "A receiver," I'm referring to the buttons that
    correspond to the receivers on the non-flipped version of the play. "Y
    receiver" can have a different meaning in real-life playbooks. Also, since
    you're playing an old football video game, I'm assuming you have some grasp of
    football theory, rules, and terminology; you know what a tight end or shotgun
    formation is. That said, I'm still going to explain certain terms for the less
    football-savvy. Remember that results may vary based on offense, defense, down,
    hashmarks, and other factors. I've tried to test each play against a variety of
    defenses and with the plays both regular and mirrored, but there's still a
    chance I may have misjudged a few plays. Also, no play will work 100% of the
    time. The five-receiver formation wasn't around in the NFL in 1994, so don't go
    looking for any five-receiver sets or 7-DB "quarter" defenses here - or zone
    blitzes, for that matter. For those of you who are counting, there are 86 plays
    on offense and 69 plays in the defensive playbook. While many of these plays
    (or plays that are very similar) appear in the playbooks of today's Madden
    games, I don't recommend trying to use this guide with any games other than the
    Super NES version of Madden '95.
    Far/Near (18 plays)
    This formation is best for running, although it contains several passing plays.
    The only difference between the "Far" and "Near" formations is whether or not
    your halfback is on the same side of the formation as the tight end.
    ---HB Toss Sweep---
    This is a sweep right play. You can often get a big gain, but if the
    linebackers stop you in the backfield, you're looking at a loss of five. The
    flipped version of the play tends to work more like an off tackle, reducing
    both risk and reward.
    ---HB Counter---
    In a counter play, the running back steps in one direction to fake out the
    defense, and then he runs the opposite direction. You can often get five yards
    with this, especially if you have a good right tackle and a back who can break
    a tackle or two. It's most effective if you run straight up the hashmark.
    ---HB Inside---
    This play demonstrates the difficulty of running inside, even if you have a
    good offensive line. You can't often gain more than a yard or two on this play.
    Fortunately, you're also very unlikely to lose yardage. If you flip the play,
    you can earn a few more yards, but watch out for a blitzing left outside
    ---Weak Flood---
    All of your targets are on the strong side of the line on this play. The
    fullback (A) works almost like a screen pass. The halfback (B) will be running
    in real traffic, so your best target is the split end (Y) on the slant.
    ---FB Opt Dive---
    Running fullbacks were a little more popular in 1994 than they are nowadays.
    This is basically a plain old fullback dive. If the middle linebacker blitzes
    outside, you can gain some real yardage. Otherwise, you're looking at a safe
    way to earn two yards.
    ---TE Corner---
    On this play, all of your options are on the strong side of the field. The
    halfback runs a deep curl, while the tight end (A) and flanker (B) cross. If
    the defense is blitzing the linebackers, this play works very well, especially
    when throwing to the halfback.
    ---Roll Out---
    If your quarterback is a good scrambler, this is a good play to use. If the
    LOLB sits back in coverage, you might want to run. Otherwise, look for the
    tight end (Y) on the post or the halfback (A) near the sideline, or go for the
    home run with the flanker (B).
    ---PA Far---
    The quarterback takes a while to drop back, so you could use this play as a
    quarterback draw. The best option is usually the split end (Y) on the short in
    pattern. The other options include a hooking tight end (A) and a flanker (B) on
    a corner route.
    ---FB Circle---
    The split end (Y) fakes a slant and runs a corner route, while the flanker (B)
    runs an out. The fullback (A), who will be available in the flat, is a great
    option against the RLB blitz. 
    ---PA Near---
    If your flanker (B) is fast, he might just get open downfield for a touchdown!
    If he's covered, try the tight end (A) on the in pattern or the split end (Y)
    on the post.
    ---Strg. Flood---
    All receiving options are on the strong side of the line, and every one of them
    is moving toward the sidelines. This play can work against a deep zone, but
    it's not great for first down.
    ---HB Lead---
    A good, effective running play. The fullback normally runs off tackle, with the
    halfback as the lead blocker. If the strong-side linebacker isn't blitzing, try
    running to the sideline as if this were a sweep; you'll probably gain 50 yards.
    Otherwise, run the play as you normally would.
    ---HB Toss---
    This play isn't quite as great as it is in Madden '96, but it's still
    effective. There are three ways you can use it. First, you can plow up the
    middle for the lowest risk and reward. Second, you can zoom right and turn when
    you reach the sideline, using this as a sweep. Third, you run off left tackle.
    The second option is probably the best.
    ---FB Screen---
    Your primary option for this screen pass is, of course, the fullback (A). A
    fast fullback can sometimes zip down the sideline and score a touchdown, but
    it's also possible to lose six or seven yards. You can also try the flanker
    (B), who fakes an in route, or the split end (Y) on the hook.
    The split end (Y), tight end (A), and flanker all run short hook patterns. This
    play will flop if your opponents are using a short zone.
    ---WR Screen---
    An interesting play. Your flanker (B) stands still and receives the pass.
    Meanwhile, the right tackle and fullback pull to block for the receiver. This
    play can lose a couple of yards, but if you let the blockers block for you, you
    can make a big gain. Don't forget about the streaking split end (Y) and the
    tight end (A) on the post - either of whom can make a big play if they're not
    ---HB Sweep---
    On this play, the halfback takes the pitch and must run all the way to the
    sideline before turning. There's obviously a risk here, but a fast back can
    "take it to the house."
    ---Stop Clock---
    In this play, the quarterback spikes the ball to stop the clock. It's best used
    in two-minute drill situations when stopping the clock is worth losing a down.
    In this game, though, it's usually quickest just to run a play. This play
    appears in every formation.
    Single Back (9)
    I don't like this form of the Single Back formation and rarely use it. The
    problem is that your only running back lines up very close to the quarterback,
    so the back can't get much momentum on running plays, and there's no fullback
    to tie up defenders. And while this formation is OK for passing, I usually
    prefer more wide outs and/or a shotgun snap on obvious passing situations.
    ---HB Toss---
    This sweep right can easily lose a lot of yardage, but if your back is quick
    enough, you can turn the corner and make a big play. Watch out for cornerbacks,
    especially against Dime defenses. It's also possible to follow the left guard,
    using this play as an off tackle instead of a sweep.
    ---HB Sweep---
    This is basically a flipped version of HB Toss.
    ---Roll Out---
    On this play, the quarterback rolls out of the pocket, so don't take control of
    him until he's out of the pocket. The tight end (Y) on the deep post is your
    primary option, as the tight end (B) and flanker (A) often run into too much
    trouble to be particularly useful.
    ---HB Counter---
    As with other counter plays, the back fakes a step in the opposite direction
    before running in the intended route. It's hard to lose yardage with this play,
    but a lot of the time you'll just gain three or four yards, and rarely more
    than ten. It's not my favorite play.
    ---Quick Screen---
    This play is designed as a quick screen pass to the flanker (A). You can gain a
    lot of yardage with a quick receiver. The split end's (Y) route is too short to
    be of much use, although you might consider going deep to the tight end (B).
    ---Circle Pass---
    The back (Y), who runs a circle pattern, is your primary target. The tight end
    (B) and flanker (A), who cross, provide more of the deep-ball threat.
    ---HB Dive---
    See what I mean about the lack of momentum? This is a low-risk, low-reward play
    that can sometimes gain five yards. There's not much to say about this meat-
    and-potatoes play.
    ---PA Streak---
    Where's Reggie Wayne when you need him? This is a very effective Peyton
    Manning-style play - fake a handoff, then throw deep to one of three streaking
    receivers. This is a great way to hurl a bomb when your opponent isn't
    expecting one.
    ---Stop Clock---
    Use this play to stop the clock in a two-minute drill.
    Pro Form (18)
    The Pro Form formation, also known as Split Backs or other names, is very 
    similar to Far/Near. It's good for both running and passing, and it's probably
    the formation I use most frequently. As the most popular formation of its time,
    the Pro Form has the largest play selection of any set in the game (except Far/
    Near, which is really two formations in one).
    ---Roll Out---
    As with other rollouts, you want the quarterback to leave the pocket before you
    take control of him. You should have plenty of time for someone to get open,
    since both backs are blocking. The split end (Y) on the post often draws double
    coverage, but if he's open, throw to him! Your tight end (A) and flanker (B)
    are safer options, and they can get pretty good results.
    ---Cross Pass---
    The Y receiver runs a slant pattern. If you throw to him, make sure to deposit
    the ball quickly, or it'll be deflected in the line. The tight end (A) runs an
    out pattern that usually crosses with the flanker (B).
    ---FB Trap---
    This is a rare play that really gives your fullback a chance to shine. If you
    have a fullback who runs effectively and an offensive line that blocks for the
    run well, you can easily gain 10 yards with this up-the-middle handoff to the
    fullback. If the middle linebacker blitzes, though, you're looking at a big
    ---Quick Posts---
    All three receiving options run short post patterns in this passing play. The
    tight end will be wide open if the safeties cover the outside. This is one of
    my favorites, so I suggest using it as one of your three audibles.
    ---Off Tackle---
    The halfback runs between the right tackle and tight end. What more can you
    say? This is a good general-purpose run that should gain about five yards
    without much risk. A good choice as your run audible.
    ---Hook Outs---
    You can go deep with the wide outs (Y or B), or weave through traffic with the
    tight end (A) on the post. Depending on when you release the ball, this can be
    a short, safe pass or a long bomb.
    ---FB Counter---
    If your fullback runs well, this is a pretty good play. A skilled player can
    often gain 10 yards. Unless the defense has eight men in the box, you're
    unlikely to lose yardage.
    ---All Streaks---
    Here's a good passing play. You'll have a choice of three streaking receivers
    to choose from - and one should be open. It's usually best to release the ball
    pretty quickly, especially if your receivers are fast or your quarterback has
    a weak arm.
    ---HB Sweep---
    The success of this play rests on the blocking abilities of your right tackle,
    tight end, fullback, and flanker. Dash near the sideline, and if your men make
    their blocks, you'll be gone! If they don't block well (or if the LLB blitzes),
    you can easily lose five yards. You can also use this play as an off-tackle if
    you want to reduce risk (and also minimize reward).
    ---Inside Run---
    Basically a fullback dive, this play will succeed with good blocking and an
    effective rushing-oriented fullback. It takes a little while to develop, so I'd
    use something else on 4th and inches.
    ---Play Action---
    This is another good play to use when you want to go deep on first down. The
    split end (Y) and tight end (A) are on deep posts, and the flanker (B) fakes
    a slant and runs downfield. This play isn't likely to succeed against a deep
    ---Circle Pass---
    This play resembles other plays with "circle" in their names, although on this
    one, you must get rid of the ball quickly. If he's open and you're quick, the
    streaking Y receiver will produce a big gain. The flanker (B) on the out is
    also a good option, while the halfback (A) is in too much traffic to be useful.
    ---HB Toss---
    The key on this play is to avoid the outside linebacker and cornerback. After
    that, you'll hit pay dirt and gain at least 15 yards! This is a nice play, but
    it's also possible to actually get sacked - on a run! Also, there are other
    running plays that produce as much or more gain with less risk. The mirrored
    form of the play is generally less effective than the non-flipped form.
    ---FB Dive---
    Another fullback dive, but this one is unique. The fullback takes a pitch as
    he's moving forward, so there's practically no chance of a loss. Unfortunately,
    you're unlikely to gain more than a yard or two. Good for short yardage
    ---End Around---
    In an end around, the quarterback hands off to a wide receiver who's coming
    around the bend. Not surprisingly, this play is very risky but can net a big
    gain. When you take the snap, watch how the blocking sets up and decide whether
    you should run off left tackle or right tackle. If your opponents' defensive
    line is better than your O-line, the answer is probably right tackle. End
    arounds are also beneficial for keeping human players on their toes.
    ---All In---
    This play's name is pretty self-explanatory; every receiving option runs toward
    the middle of the field. Your receivers (Y and B) are your best options,
    although the halfback (A) may be open against a deep zone.
    ---Hook N Ladder---
    This pass frequently produces big plays, especially against zones. The
    streaking tight end (A) will be your primary target if he has reasonable speed.
    The other options, which include a flanker (B) on a deep curl and the halfback
    (Y) near the sideline, are also effective. If you throw to the halfback, be
    careful to stay in bounds if you're interested in gaining more than ten yards
    or so. This play replaces the old FB Center Trap in the playbook.
    ---Stop Clock---
    As with the Stop Clock play found in other formations, the quarterback spikes
    the ball to stop the clock. It's best used in two-minute drill situations when
    stopping the clock is worth the cost of losing a down.
    I Form (9)
    The I-Form has the fullback lined up between the quarterback and halfback,
    forming an "I" shape.
    ---Quick Slant---
    On Quick Slant, your main target is the slanting split end (B). The tight end
    (A) on the post can also be effective, while the halfback (Y) in the flat will
    face too much pressure, especially if the ROLB is blitzing.
    ---WR Outs---
    Both backs stay in to block, so you have a lot of time to throw to the man of
    your choice. The receivers (Y and B) run deep outs, and the tight end (A)
    streaks. This play is exciting, fun, and quite effective.
    ---HB Counter---
    This counter play could definitely fool the defense into thinking the fullback
    has the ball. Unfortunately, the halfback tends to run into the quarterback,
    causing you to screech to a halt. You won't often gain more than five yards
    with this play.
    ---FB Dive---
    This play is exactly what it says it is - a fullback dive. 1-5 yards is a 
    frequent outcome, but at least you won't lose any yardage. This works well
    against stacked lines. If the line isn't stacked, you may prefer running off
    ---HB Draw---
    The linemen take a step backward here, which may fool the defense into thinking
    this is actually a pass. This isn't the best running play out there, but it's a
    reliable way to earn 5-10 yards, and possibly more against a passive defense.
    All three receiving options run short curls. You'll be best off releasing the
    ball right before the receivers turn. This is a great antidote to deep zones,
    but it's good any time. The tight end faces too much traffic against standard
    4-3 schemes, though.
    ---HB Toss---
    I don't know what to say about this. Essentially a halfback sweep, HB Toss will
    result in an easy touchdown with surprising regularity and ease. I really can't
    endorse this play, though. If the RLB blitzes, one of two things will usually
    happen. Either the halfback will be squished for a loss of six, or the back
    will fail to take the pitch altogether, which means the ball is live and some
    opposition cornerback will pick up the ball and score a touchdown for the
    defense. There are other, safer outside running possibilities.
    ---TE Out + Up---
    The split end (Y) runs a nice in route that usually avoids most of the interior
    congestion. The tight end (A) on the out and up route can get wide open. The
    flanker (B) on the post will frequently draw double coverage, making him a
    risky bet.
    ---Stop Clock---
    I really shouldn't have to tell you this again, but the Stop Clock play spikes
    the ball so the clock will stop.
    Shotgun (9)
    The shotgun formation is good for passing because of its "shotgun" snap - the 
    quarterback gets the ball several yards behind the line of scrimmage instead of
    from right under center. It isn't great for running, though. The Madden '95
    version of the shotgun formation has three receivers, one tight end, and one
    running back. This is one receiver more than Single Back and one less than Run
    & Shoot. A good pass-blocking line helps.
    ---Hail Mary---
    All your receivers head deep. This is best used in desperate situations where
    a quick touchdown is needed, although you could try it when you really want to
    shock the opponents.
    ---Short Posts---
    If you're in a two-minute drill, it's hard to beat a hard, quick pass to the
    split end (Y) on the out. Both the second tight end (B) and flanker (A) run
    short post patterns.
    ---HB Toss---
    Outside running isn't easy in the Shotgun formation, but good blocking will 
    reward you with a big gain. This is a high-risk play that can easily gain 25 
    yards or lose five. Call an audible in the unlikely event your opponent has 
    eight men in the box. While it's best to run this as a sweep, you can also try
    plowing straight through the line - a much safer option.
    ---HB Draw Trp---
    This can earn a surprising amount of yardage if the defense is expecting a
    pass. Try to hit the hole between the pulling right guard and the left tackle,
    and you should gain about seven yards. A bold player can try using this play as
    a sweep right, but that's risky against a Nickel or Dime.
    ---QB Waggle---
    You've got to love plays with cute names like this. Normally you roll out to
    the right and throw to one of the receivers (probably the slot receiver) on
    post patterns, but you might prefer to take off running if you have an agile
    ---Deep Outs---
    Your main targets here are your exterior receivers (Y and A), who can make some
    pretty big plays. If they're well-covered, you'll probably be able to dump the
    ball off to the halfback (B). This play is best if you need quick yardage,
    especially in a two-minute drill.
    All three receiving options run hooks in this play. Your best option is the
    tight end (A). It's hard to throw to the B receiver with success because the
    halfback (Y) usually catches the pass even though it's not intended for him. Oh
    ---HB Shov. Pass---
    This play is designed to be a shovel pass to your running back (Y). Expect to
    gain 5-10 yards against a Nickel defense with little risk. Against a 4-3, the
    shovel pass can sometimes be stopped for a loss. If you feel lucky or your
    opponent is still in a 4-3 (or you see an open receiver), you can throw deep to
    the crossing tight end (A) and flanker (B).
    ---Stop Clock---
    Our old friend Stop Clock also makes an appearance in the Shotgun formation,
    where it's probably most likely to be used.
    Run-Shoot (9)
    The Run-Shoot formation is named after the Run 'n' Shoot offensive system, as 
    this was the formation that system usually employed. It's similar to Single 
    Back, except that it has four wide receivers and one running back instead of
    two receivers, two tight ends, and a back. Effective use of the Run & Shoot
    formation demands a deep crop of effective wide receivers, as well as an
    offensive line that pass blocks well. Flipping these plays won't usually affect
    much. Because the field is "spread out," you may find it easier for the
    quarterback to scramble, especially up the middle. Don't forget to use the slot
    receivers, who often remain uncovered or covered by a linebacker or safety
    (especially against a standard 4-3). 
    ---In + Out---
    Your streaking left-hand slot receiver (Y) is your best bet if he's open.
    Otherwise, look for the B receiver on the in route or the A receiver on the
    out. Alternatively, try sneaking up the middle with your quarterback and
    sliding - a fun way to grab 5-10 yards.
    ---PA Pass---
    A play action pass seems a little weird in this formation, but this play is 
    reasonably good nonetheless. If the Y or B receivers aren't open deep, try
    dumping the ball off to the A receiver.
    ---HB Counter---
    Counter Left is a good general running play for Run & Shoot fans that can
    usually gain at least three yards. The line will develop a massive hole, but
    that has a drawback. You must stay left at the start of the play, or you'll get
    clobbered by a defensive tackle.
    ---Posts Corner---
    The Y and B receivers cross on posts, and the halfback (A) serves as a safety
    net in the left flat.
    ---HB Toss---
    A good running play, although riskier than some. Normally you'll run off-
    tackle, although I prefer to use this play as a sweep if the blocking holds up.
    Be warned, however: If the defense rushes aggressively, you may lose yardage in
    the way that makes 320-pound men make ridiculous dances.
    The B and A receivers will hook after about ten yards, providing safe, sane
    options. If you want to go for the bomb, the Y receiver will run straight
    ---Deep Posts---
    A pretty ordinary passing play. The Y receiver on the out and up is an
    interception risk if you don't throw the ball hard enough, whereas the B and A
    receivers are generally safer.
    ---WR Screen---
    In a wide receiver screen pass, the line pulls to the right to block for the A
    receiver, the intended recipient of the pass. If you just want to be different,
    you can throw to the halfback (Y) in the flat or the B receiver on the post. I
    like this play.
    ---Stop Clock---
    This rarely-used play stops the clock in a high-pressure situation.
    Goal Line (9)
    This formation is full of plays that are useful only in short-yardage
    situations, especially near the goal line. There are two backs, two tight ends,
    and a receiver - ideally the one with the best "hands" rating. Reversing Goal
    Line plays will have little effect.
    ---HB Lead Left---
    This is a halfback dive. If you need 1-2 yards, HB Lead Left is a good play to
    use. However, it will occasionally fail spectacularly.
    ---FB Pull---
    A good choice if you only need a yard or two. It's not particularly glamorous,
    ---HB Lead Right---
    Just like HB Lead Left, although slightly safer and more effective.
    ---Flood Left---
    There aren't many passing plays in the Goal Line formation, but this is one of
    them. The Y receiver on the out is your most effective option, as he's the
    least likely to be in considerable traffic. You could also roll out to the
    right and run for the score. Personally, however, I prefer Play Action, the
    other passing play in the Goal Line formation.
    ---FB Cut Left---
    Another fullback dive, but this isn't as good as FB Pull.
    ---HB Cut Right---
    The goal of this play is to avoid the congestion in the middle by running off
    right tackle. Although nothing is guaranteed inside the five, this play works
    very effectively, especially when you need two or three yards.
    ---QB Sneak---
    The Quarterback Sneak is a pretty low-risk play, but don't expect to gain much 
    more than a yard or two. But it's very good at getting that one yard! This play 
    succeeds about 95% of the time against the Miser and Tough Guy variants of the
    Goal Line defense but consistently fails against the 53. You might even call an
    audible if three men are blocking your center.
    ---Play Action---
    The quarterback fakes a handoff on this play. Try throwing hard to the halfback
    (Y) in the flat. If he's well covered, try the B or A receiver. This is the
    better of the two Goal Line passing plays.
    ---Stop Clock---
    It's unlikely that you'll use this clock-stopping play from the Goal Line
    Punt (3)
    ---Fk. Punt 1---
    As you know, fake punts are risky. This is the pass form of the fake punt. Look
    for your Y, B, and A receivers and throw to whoever's open. Your B man is
    safest, while Y and A are best for longer gains. This play can be quite
    effective against human players, if just for the shock value alone.
    When it's fourth down and too far to kick, you will usually want to punt. And 
    this is the play to select when you wish to do so.
    ---Fk. Punt 2---
    Another fake punt, but this is a pass. In this version, one of your blockers
    takes the snap and plows through the line. It's hard to gain more than three or
    four yards with this, but it's certainly worth a try on fourth and two if the
    situation is right. It almost always gains at least two yards. Fake punts are
    usually most effective against human players.
    Field Goal (2)
    ---Fake F.G.---
    Fake field goals are very risky, so use them carefully. This is a standard 
    passing fake field goal. Your best bet is the B option. Ignore the kicking 
    meter. As with fake punts, fake field goals work best against human opponents.
    ---Field Goal---
    This play lets you kick a field goal. What a surprise! This is also the play to
    select when you want to kick an extra point after a touchdown. Don't try to
    kick a field goal unless you're inside the opposition 30 or so, though.
    Defensive Playbook                                                   [DEFPB]
    I'm not going to be as verbose on the defensive plays. Instead, I'm just going 
    to give a few details about each play; you can tell a lot just from the names 
    and diagrams.
    4-3 (21)
    The 4-3 defense is the defensive set used by most teams in most situations.
    ---Cheat Left---
    All of your linemen rush toward the left side of the defensive line. The idea
    is to block the left tackle and allow the blitzing RLB to come around for a
    sack. It'll take some time for this to happen, though, especially if you don't
    have a fast linebacker. I recommend that you control the RLB if you want a
    sack. The receivers and tight end will be matched up in single coverage.
    ---Jam Middle---
    Both outside linebackers blitz, while the linemen rush toward the middle of the
    line. This play is good at stopping the inside run but is weaker against
    sweeps and passes to the flats.
    ---Cheat Right---
    The same as Cheat Left, only to the right. Consider taking control of the LLB.
    Even if you don't get the quarterback, you might be able to tip his pass.
    ---Medium Zone---
    This is a fairly well-balanced defense that contains the pass yet still stops
    the rushing game. It may have difficulty with a Run & Shoot offense or passes
    to the flats.
    This man-to-man defense puts a little pressure on the quarterback by blitzing
    an outside linebacker. Running the ball will sometimes be easier, although
    sweep rights will typically fail.
    Another basic 4-3 set, but this has the right end and right tackle on a stunt.
    ---Flex 2 Deep---
    This is the normal version of the Flex form of the 4-3, which has two lineman 
    slightly further from the line of scrimmage than normal. In the 2-Deep system,
    both safeties play deep.
    ---Flex Bomber---
    A Flex blitz, with one linebacker blitzing.
    ---Flex Panther---
    This play is just like Flex Bomber, except two linebackers are rushing the
    quarterback. It could have trouble with certain off-tackle plays.
    ---Flex 3 Deep---
    A deep zone.
    ---Flex Stallion---
    This is a very good way to contain the outside rushing game, although you'll
    have to look out for streaking receivers.
    ---Flex Jaguar---
    Similar to Flex Stallion, except the safeties patrol the inside part of the
    field instead of the outside.
    ---Grizzly Zone---
    The Grizzly set places all four defensive linemen very close to one another.
    This version is designed to defend the pass.
    ---Grizzly Read---
    This is the most balanced form of the Grizzly scheme.
    ---Grizzly Attack---
    Grizzly Attack is designed to put pressure on the quarterback, with the outside
    linebackers blitzing and two linemen on a stunt.
    ---Dbl. Talon Zone---
    No, it's not named after Malon's dad from Zelda games. The Double Talon places
    the tackles very close to each other, and one of the outside linebackers is
    situated far to the left. This form of Double Talon is a zone defense where the
    linebackers cover the middle part of the field and the safeties cover the
    ---Dbl. Talon MZ2---
    Another variation of the Double Talon system. The RCB focuses on "jamming" the
    opposition receiver.
    ---Dbl. Talon Stk.---
    The outside linebacker blitzes in Double Talon Strike.
    ---Cowboy Zone---
    The Cowboy system is similar to Double Talon, but the linemen and linebackers
    are symmetrical.
    ---Cowboy HB---
    This is like Key HB, only with the Cowboy set.
    ---Cowboy SE---
    Cowboy SE double-covers the split end (usually the flanker, actually) - a good
    way to stop a dangerous receiver.
    3-4 (18)
    The 3-4 is similar to the 4-3 in many aspects, but there are differences. The
    3-4 has three linemen and four linebackers, whereas the 4-3 uses four linemen
    and three linebackers. The primary advantage of a 3-4 is it allows teams to put
    more pressure on the quarterback in unpredictable ways. The disadvantage is it
    requires specialized personnel, such as a massive nose tackle. In real life,
    the 3-4 was in decline by the 1994 season. Buffalo, Detroit, New England, New
    Orleans, and Pittsburgh were the only teams that used it regularly. A real team
    may have some difficulty regularly switching between a 3-4 and a 4-3, but you
    can do it as much as you want in a video game. Don't overlook the more
    unconventional forms of the 3-4, like Outlaw and Viper.
    ---Wide Zone 1---
    This play is designed to clog up the short zones. Good against two-tight end
    sets and passes to the flats.
    ---Man/Zone 1---
    No one blitzes here. With all the linebackers in coverage, it's going to be
    tough to find someone open, especially in the short zones.
    The DLE and NT stunt, and the LOLB blitzes.
    ---Medium Zone---
    Medium Zone will shut down a pass of 10-15 yards, but a pass to the flat may
    cause trouble.
    ---Man/Zone 2---
    Another good versatile 3-4 scheme. The defensive linemen rush toward the left
    side of the offensive line, and the safeties cover the sidelines.
    The LILB blitzes down the middle, with the rest of the linebackers ready to
    stop the outside run.
    ---Bandit Zone---
    Bandit is a strange 3-4 scheme that basically looks like a 4-3 with the DLE
    replaced with a second LLB. The receivers will draw tight coverage, but a long
    ball to a tight end could go for a big gain.
    ---Bandit Flats---
    The LOLB is on a delayed blitz - too delayed to put pressure on the quarterback
    if you don't control the LOLB yourself. The cornerbacks stay in to protect the
    flats, but this leaves a serious weakness in the deep zones, with the safeties
    single-covering the receivers and leaving a massive hole down the middle. Use
    this at your own risk.
    ---Bandit Blitz---
    Three of the four linebackers blitz - a favorite amongst wavers of the Terrible
    ---Bandit 3-Deep---
    Three men drop deep, while the rest of the zones are covered by the
    linebackers. This is a decent zone system.
    ---B. Contain---
    Bandit Contain reliably extinguishes inside runs, especially those run off
    guard. However, one receiver will usually be wide open.
    ---Bandit X---
    Both receivers should be double-covered, and the outside run and flats will
    also be well-protected. This play is weak against both passes and runs up the
    ---Outlaw Weak---
    Outlaw Weak is a zone defense.
    ---Outlaw Key HB---
    The ROLB blitzes, helping to stop outside runs like sweep lefts. The focus is
    on stopping the halfback, as opposed to the fullback.
    ---Outlaw Strike---
    Six men rush here. However, beware of the long ball if no one gets to the
    ---Viper Weak---
    Viper is a weird 3-4 system where the linebackers are arranged in a diamond 
    shape. It'll be hard to throw to the outside against Viper Weak.
    ---Viper Key HB---
    This form of the Viper is better at stopping the run, especially the halfback 
    run up the middle.
    ---Viper Strike---
    Two linebackers blitz in this variation of the Viper.
    Nickel (9)
    The Nickel defense is best used in passing situations, as there are five 
    defensive backs instead of four.
    Everyone goes deep, so use this only when your opponents are in a two-minute 
    drill and are trying to gain yards quickly. It's best against a "Hail Mary" or 
    similar play.
    ---Double SE---
    Identical to Double FL, except this puts the split end (or more commonly the 
    flanker) in double coverage.
    ---Red Dog---
    Woof! Both linebackers are blitzing, so this is a good way to put pressure on
    the quarterback without forsaking the deep zones.
    ---Full Zone---
    Every zone is covered here, including the flats. However, this play could be
    very vulnerable to an inside run, particularly a draw play.
    ---Double FL---
    This double-teams the flanker. A good way to shut down a particularly dangerous
    receiver, although in reality this play usually double-covers the split end.
    ---Tight Man---
    One of your linebackers will blitz. Every receiver should be in tight man
    coverage, hence its name.
    ---Pirate Zone---
    The Pirate set is a special form of the Nickel where the linebackers line up 
    near the center and tight end. This is a fairly deep zone.
    ---Pirate Dbl.---
    The Pirate Double play double-covers the receiver on the right - usually the 
    ---Pirate Blitz---
    Both linebackers blitz here, creating a six-man rush.
    Dime (9)
    The Dime formation is even more pass-oriented, with six defensive backs and
    just one linebacker. Since it's weak against most running plays, especially the
    inside run, the Dime should generally be reserved for prevent situations. The
    Dime playbook is identical to the one used in Madden '94.
    ---CB Blitz---
    One of the cornerbacks blitzes the quarterback here, while the rest of the 
    secondary is able to fill the hole.
    ---Center Blitz---
    The lone linebacker blitzes.
    ---Double Blitz---
    The second cornerback and linebacker blitz, with the other five defensive backs
    providing the other assignments.
    ---Short Zone---
    The cornerbacks and linebacker protect against the short pass, while your 
    safeties drop back to provide a last line of defense.
    The classic prevent defense. All of your defensive backs head deep to prevent 
    the big play. Because of its passive nature, you definitely don't want to use
    it except when necessary.
    ---Prevent 2---
    This deep zone stops the outside pass but may be vulnerable against passes in
    the flat. Good in a two-minute drill.
    ---Safety Cheat---
    One of your safeties will be blitzing, but unless you take manual control of
    him, you won't come near the quarterback.
    ---Double FL---
    This play double-teams the receiver lined up on the left side of the offense, 
    which in reality is usually the split end.
    ---Double SE---
    This play double-teams the receiver lined up on the right side of the offense, 
    which in reality is usually the flanker.
    Goal Line (9)
    The Goal Line formation counters the offensive version of the Goal Line. This 
    should only be used near the goal line or possibly in certain obvious short-
    yardage situations.
    ---Miser Left---
    This is a general-purpose goal line defense.
    ---Miser Key FB---
    This play is designed to stop the fullback.
    ---Miser Right---
    Very similar to Miser Left.
    ---Tough Guy Outs---
    The Tough Guy set is somewhat stronger against the pass - especially this play.
    Interestingly, this is known as Tough Man Outs in Madden '96.
    ---Tough Guy HB---
    Similar to Tough Guy Outs, with the defense keying the halfback and protecting
    against passes in the flat.
    ---Tough Guy Blitz---
    Seven men rush, while the cornerbacks guard against the fade.
    ---53 Seahawk---
    The 53 variation of the Goal Line formation is excellent against the inside 
    rushing game, especially quarterback sneaks, but it is weak against outside 
    ---53 Cougar---
    Not much different from 53 Seahawk.
    ---53 Bearcat---
    This is an aggressive blitz.
    Special Teams (3)
    These plays are designed to defend against punts and field goals.
    ---Punt Rush---
    Here your team goes all out trying to block the punt, but you won't be able to 
    get a return.
    ---Punt Return---
    Here your personnel will be blocking for your return man in an attempt to get a
    good return.
    ---Field Goal Block---
    Use this if you know your opponent will be kicking a field goal.
    FAQs and General Tips                                                [NOTES]
    Q: What plays are the best audibles?
    A: Here are the audible selections I most frequently use. 
    [Y] A run (Far/Near HB Lead, Pro Form HB Sweep)
    [B] A short pass or screen pass (Pro Form Quick Posts, Run & Shoot WR Screen)
    [A] A long pass (Single Back PA Streak, Shotgun Deep Outs)
    [Y] A balanced defense (4-3 Cheat Left, 3-4 Man/Zone 1)
    [B] A play that covers the pass (Nickel Full Zone, Dime Center Blitz)
    [A] A blitz (4-3 Grizzly Attack, 3-4 Bandit Blitz)
    Make sure to change your offensive audibles if you're using a hurry-up offense,
    or your defensive audibles if your opponents are in a hurry-up. Against a
    human player, you should change your audibles periodically to keep opponents on
    their toes. In case you didn't know, you can change audibles from the "Set
    Audibles" option on the Gameplay Options subscreen of the Pre-Game or pause
    screen. The most important thing is to select plays that work well for you as
    Q: How do I use a hurry-up offense?
    A: Hold the A button right before the play selection screen would ordinarily 
    appear. You'll bypass the play selection screen and run the play you last run,
    unless you call an audible. A no-huddle offense is useful if you need to get 
    points fast, but it can also be useful for confusing or rushing your opponents,
    especially a human player.
    Q: How do I kick an onside kick?
    A: As in real life, onside kicks are very difficult to execute properly. First
    press A to call a kickoff audible, and then press A to change your team's
    alignment. Press B to start the power bar, and hold Right on the control pad to
    angle the kickoff toward the side where all your players are. You want to stop
    the power bar when it's on the way down. It takes a lot of practice to do this
    Q: Where's the Kneel Down play?
    A: There isn't one. If you need to run out the clock without risking a fumble,
    try something like FB Pull from the Goal Line formation. Another option is to
    select a passing play and dive backwards right after you take the snap.
    Q: Is there fatigue in this game?
    A: No. No matter how fast a player runs, no player ever gets fatigued. Players
    could first tire in Madden '97.
    Q: What's the best way to put pressure on the opposing quarterback?
    A: Select the middle linebacker. Charge past the center and squash the 
    quarterback! Even better, start running toward the line of scrimmage before the 
    snap to get a running start. There's another way, too...
    Q: Where is the line of scrimmage?
    A: According to this game's nearsighted referee, it's at the feet of the
    offensive linemen, not the ball. With a little practice, you can line up a
    safety or other fast player in the "neutral zone" and squash the quarterback,
    deflect the pass, or stop the runner for a loss. This works especially well
    from the Punt Rush formation when you know the defense will punt.
    Q: My passes keep getting deflected by the stupid defensive linemen! How can I 
    stop that from happening?
    A: You can either drop back farther or leave the pocket. In some plays you can 
    try releasing the ball more quickly (or sometimes later).
    Q: Why is the computer controlling my quarterback?
    A: If you don't press any buttons after the snap, the computer takes over. The
    same goes on defense. You can usually generate better results than the
    computer, though.
    Q: How do I call a timeout?
    A: Select "Call Timeout" from the pause screen if you have one or more timeouts
    remaining. As you probably know, timeouts stop the game clock, so they're
    useful in a two-minute drill or when you're about to get a delay of game
    Q: What penalties appear in this game?
    A: Basically, you can get a delay of game penalty if you take too long to call 
    your play on offense, and on defense you can get called for offsides by moving 
    past the line of scrimmage before the snap. A few other penalties are rare,
    like illegal procedure (kicking the ball out of bounds on a kickoff). 
    Q: What should I choose when I win the toss?
    A: It doesn't matter, although it's more fun to receive first. If you're 
    deciding the goal to defend, you might want to have a tailwind on the kickoff. 
    But it doesn't matter at all.
    Q: Are there any secret teams in this game?
    A: Yes. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers were still a year away
    from actually playing in the NFL, but in this game they serve as generic all-
    star teams. Press the L, R, L, R, and A buttons on the team selection screen to
    use the Jaguars; enter L, R, L, R, and Y to play as the Panthers. You can't use
    them in Season Mode or playoffs, though.
    Q: Are you really a Jaguars fan?
    A: Yes. There aren't many of those.
    Q: What other tips do you have?
    * This is common sense, but if you have a good running back and a weak passing
    game (like the Jets), run the ball a lot. Likewise, if you pass well but can't
    run (like the Vikings), you'll want to keep the ball in the air.
    * Hard throws take just a little longer to get off than touch passes.
    * Run straight if you want to keep going fast; zig-zags slow you down.
    * Blitzes don't just increase the chances of a sack; they also make it easier
    to deflect passes.
    * If you select almost any running play from the Goal Line formation, you can
    reliably score on two-point conversions.
    * Your split end (on the left) is usually the Y receiver, while the flanker (on
    the right) is generally assigned the B button. The A button is typically a
    tight end or halfback. However, you should refer to the play diagrams for the
    information specific to each play; this isn't the case on all plays.
    * If you're playing on an emulator, assign the Y, B, and A buttons to the X, C, 
    and V keys, respectively, to ease play-calling.
    Q: What other notes do you have for the game?
    A: Just a few miscellaneous tidbits:
    * If you want to play REALLY short games, enter this code while highlighting
    Game Length on the Game Setup screen: L, R, L, R, X. The game will last 1
    minute in Exhibition mode.
    * You might enjoy slamming into opposing players after the whistle blows. You
    won't even get called for unnecessary roughness for doing so.
    * You can't set the weather for teams that play indoors.
    * Like Dara Torres, Julio Franco, Martha Stewart, Fidel Castro, and the Zelda
    64 Kokiris, John Madden reached a plateau and stopped aging around 1990. Nearly
    every guide I write includes some kind of reference to a Zelda game, and very
    frequently a Hispanic sports figure.
    Comparing with Reality                                               [REALL]
    This is a pretty familiar section if you've read my Formula One walkthroughs. 
    This is just a brief summary of the 1994 NFL season. More in-depth information 
    can be found at NFL.com, Wikipedia.org, and assorted other Internet and print 
    Besides other less prominent rules changes, kickoffs were moved from the 35-
    yard line to the 30, and the two-point conversion was introduced to
    professional football. Many teams wore special commemorative patches or
    uniforms in recognition of the NFL's 75th season. For the first time, NFC games
    were broadcast on FOX instead of CBS. The nearly-unbeatable San Francisco 49ers
    crushed the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium
    (now Dolphin Stadium) in Miami.
    Version History                                                      [VERSN]
    Here's the most beloved section of my guides... the version history. As you can
    see, I've worked on this guide rather sporadically.
    Date    | Version | Size |
    4-28-08 |  0.1    | 74KB | Began guide.
    4-29-08 |  0.15   | 63KB | Did a little stuff, especially with playbooks.
    5- 3-08 |  0.2    | 70KB | Added team statistics and other stuff.
    5- 4-08 |  0.25   | 75KB | Worked on Actual Player Names section.
    7-17-08 |  0.3    | 57KB | Finally decided to abandon Actual Player Names.
    7-19-08 |  0.35   | 59KB | Did a little.
    7-23-08 |  0.4    | 60KB | Worked on Suggested Substitutions.
    7-24-08 |  0.45   | 62KB | Completed Suggested Substitutions.
    7-29-08 |  0.5    | 55KB | Removed the rest of the old Madden '96 plays.
    7-30-08 |  0.55   | 56KB | Began revising offensive playbook.
    7-31-08 |  0.65   | 60KB | Completed about 25% of the playbook.
    8- 1-08 |  0.85   | 67KB | Completed about 95% of the playbook.
    8- 2-08 |  1.0    | 66KB | Finished things up.
    3- 2-09 |  1.1    | 66KB | Made a few adjustments.
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