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Team Ratings Review
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Post: #1
Team Ratings Review
Started from the bottom, but are they here?

Cleveland Browns

Day 1 of team ratings review begins at the bottom of the table, with the Cleveland Browns. A joke team usually in terms of Madden, Cleveland are actually a team with a bunch of positives and some major incentives for the Madden Franchise players. But where should they be picked?

PROs -
⦁ Bring on the young guns. In the Madden-verse, young studs are solid gold. And the Browns are full of them. Rookies Myles Garrett, David Njoku and Jabril Peppers are filled with A ratings, with speeds and accelerations in the 90 range. And don't forget a new QB. Kizer has decent ratings as a rook, with 95THP and decent starting accuracies and agility. Don't forget other young guys like Corey Coleman, this team has rebuilt for a few years with pieces at every position who are good starters.

⦁ Joe Thomas leads one of the best o-line's in the game, with 4 of the starting 5 being rated 82 or above. Whoever starts at QB and HB, they'll get time.

⦁ Solid defence. Garrett bolsters a generally unrecognized talented front. With the likes of Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, Danny Shelton and Emmanuel Ogbah already in place, and a secondary including three 81 overall cornerback starters in Haden, Mccourty and Taylor, expect Garrett and Peppers to do plenty of damage.

CONs -
⦁ With all the youth, the obvious issue is time. Development will need to be spread across all of them, and the biggest issue at the beginning will be the gap between being servicable and being good.

⦁ Who is the starter? Cleveland has an odd dillema with position battles at two key positons. Kessler, Kizer and Osweiler start at the same general level while both Duke Johnson and Isaah Crowell have similar stats.

⦁ Project. Even with the ups, this is still a project team. This team will need a head coach who needs to spend a lot of time to figure out what the team needs and how to build his resources. Don't expect to succeed in this team if you are just gonna play in the games without managing the team.

Final Word:
This isn't the Browns team from the last few years. In fact, the allure of building the failing franchise should attract interest in the draft. Expect the Browns to be picked up in the middle of the draft, as they're upside with the youth will be a turning point with plenty of other teams having age issues.

Fun/fan Fact: The rebuild isn't over, the first draft will have Cleveland holding extra 1st and 2nd round picks due to trades. Pick this team, and you'll get them too. Though fight it out with Dperry, Oze's lone Browns fan


Potential is one thing, Results is another

Jacksonville Jaguars

What can you say about the Jaguars? One of the most promising teams in a Madden sense, their real life counterparts never seem to deliver. But does it affect their stock in the new season. Lets take a look.

PROs -
⦁ Free Agency Champions. What other team can say that their 2 highest rated players are new to their team? The Jags struck big on proven star Calais Campbell and 2016 standout Cornerback A.J Bouye. What do they say in football, generate enough pressure on the QB and a corners life is easier? Jacksonville took it a step further and hit both positions in Free agency. Barry Church also automatically becomes the new SS in this lineup.

⦁ 1 and 1A. The new signings may take the buzz, but the Jaguars already had stars in Jalen Ramsey and Malik Jackson in their starting lineup. The 1-2 punch potential in this team has scary potential.

⦁ Depth. As if 1 and 1A weren't enough. Their depth in most positions with mostly young potential players is staggering. Start with the WR trio of Robinson, Hurns and Lee. Add new rookie DeDe Westbrook. Take your pick with starting either Dante Fowler or Yannick Ngakoue at LE across from Campbell. Both are young and potentially can rival Campbell if developed right.

⦁ Leonard Fournette. Rookie RBs have been given great ratings this year, and Fournette is near the top of the league already in terms of sheer power. 92 Trucking, 90 speed, 90 Acceleration, the big guy will carry a load for this team. And if he ever needs a break, don't forget that Chris Ivory is on this team with his 91 truck.

⦁ Linebackers. My personal opinion is that this is a linebacker corps to be feared. When all 3 of your starters have 89 or more acceleration, opponents beware. Poz and Telvin are proven starters, while Myles Jack is possibly one of the best MLBs for a User specialist.

Cons -

⦁ Blake Bortles. Unfortunately, the man hasn't lived up to the draft pick. The choice needs to be made if he is still decent or time to move on. EA has actually given him decent stats, as 93 THP and mid 70-80 throw ratings means he may still have one last shot.

⦁ Oline- There is a big problem if your centre is the only guy with more than 80 Ovr. Address this quick, or be prepared for a battered QB. Rookie Cam Robinson is the only decent starter ouside of Linder due to his youth.

⦁ TE. Marcedes Lewis is somehow the highest rated TE with the trade of Julius Thomas to Miami. The lack of a good safety blanket with their oline issues means that should you take a chance on the Jaguars, you better know your timing.

Final Word:
Trade savvyness will benefit a potential owner of the Jaguars. A bad real life season will not affect the Madden version of this team. The lure of the best rookie RB, and built in starting WRs, Dline and LBs will make the Jags a top 10 pick.

Fun Fact:
In real life, Bortles just threw 5 INTs in practice. Not a good sign if EA Devs use this as a reason to downgrade the version we start with.
(This post was last modified: 04-08-2017 01:47 AM by aooi.)
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Post: #2
RE: Team Ratings Review
Can the former Madden giants compete?

San Francisco 49ers

Once regarded as the Madden cheese team, there’s been a massive fall from grace for the team from the bay. Unexpected early retirements, a one hit wonder QB and a rotating carousel of players means that this year, the new coaching staff have a big task ahead. Will you take that challenge?

PROs -
⦁ Young potential. The Niners actually did well in the draft, picking up a stud DT in Solomon Thomas (80+speed/acc/Blockshed/Finesse) and a great young MLB in Reuben Foster, who has been awarded a good mix of good coverage and good rushing. Add to this sophomore players Arik Armstead and Deforest Buckner along with the tandem of Jimmie Ward and Eric Reid and you actually have the makings of a good young defence from top to bottom.

⦁ Pierre Garcon & Navarro Bowman. Free agency brought in a proven WR in Garcon, though his age may worry long term owners. Navarro Bowman continues to be the heart of the defence, who should still be a Madden gun.

⦁ Speed. There are 13 players on the team with 90+ in both speed and acceleration. This includes starting FS Jimmie ward, WRs Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson as well as rookies RB Joe Williams and CB Rashard Robinson who should make the team.

CONs -
⦁ Minimal Offence. There’s a major lack of proven strength on the offensive side of the ball outside of Garcon and Carlos Hyde. Their other best player is FB Kyle Juszcyk who is one of the best in the league at the position, but in Madden terms, that is not ideal.

⦁ QB issues. When your choices are journeyman Brian Hoyer, rookie CJ Beathard and fringe player Matt Barkley, things look rather dire. Beathard should be the pick of the bunch purely on youth.

⦁ O-line. The lack of offensive firepower is accentuated by a lack of solid blocking. 2 servicable vets in Staley and Zuttah are all they have but being on the wrong side of 30, this whole unit needs to be overhauled.

Final Word:
Not going to lie, this team needs a lot of work. This team really misses guys like Willis, Borland and the 2013 version of Kaepernick. It will be a challenge for any owner to opt for them, and thus the prediction is that they will fall into the bottom half of the draft.

Fun Fact: AC hasn't indicated a return, which leaves the door open for danielbe to take his team.
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RE: Team Ratings Review
The Bear Necessities, does Chicago have that?

Chicago Bears


Oh boy, what has happened to the Windy City? A new era has begun with the departures of Cutler and Alshon. Mitchell Trubisky and Jordan Howard will be the captains of this ship, but they aren’t going to have much to work with. Prepare yourselves Ozesports, this one is going to be rough.

PROs -

⦁ Trubisky/Howard – The above mentioned combo. Here’s your starting duo from the get go. Howard emerged as a star on the rise last year, and EA has awarded him a great dual combo in ratings(88 Truck, 80 Elusivenes) to go with his 90+ Speed. Regardless of your opinion on Trubisky, in Madden, only ratings matter. And ratings are giving you a dual threat qb, with 83 Speed, 87 ACC, 93 Throw Power and some good starting accuracies.

⦁ Linebackers – This team has a surprising number of linebackers, and they are mostly starter quality. With 6 LBs over the 77 OVR mark (lowest being the 2nd year Leonard Floyd), this team can be a 4-6 dream.

⦁ Servicable Secondary – Odd to think that serviceable is a prob, but it really is. 80 is the magic number for Chicago as both starting safeties and #2 CB Kyle Fuller are all rated there, with Prince Amukamara rated an 81 overall. It’s a fast quartet as well with most of them at the 90 mark.

Cons -

⦁ Wide Receivers? – Losing Alshon was big. Really big. Kevin White is still a development project after all this time, being surpassed by former undrafted free Agent Cameron Meredith for the top role. A small positive is the choice you have between the top 4 but it’s not the best of choices.

⦁ Dline – The traditional 3-4 will probably not work with this team, with a serious lack of dline power. Hicks, Goldman and Jaye Howard are not a trio that instills fear in anyone. A 4-3 switch may be able to help this team out.

⦁ Depth. Depth seems to seriously lack on this team. Age plays into this with good starters like Zach Miller, Josh Sitton, Jerrell Freeman, Quentin Demps all in their 30s. Balancing replacing them while improving other weak positions is going to be a big juggling act.

Final Word:

A team mostly relegated to a definite bottom 5 pick, the Bears actually have a good core in the QB/RB situation, but hardly anything else. Are they the worst team in the franchise at the moment? That would be a matter of opinion but in comparing how other teams have improved, no other team has seemingly lost more than this team in the past year.

Fun Fact:


Rebuilding is possible with them. Why? Somehow in real life, the Bears did not give up future picks to move for Trubisky. Keep this is mind when picking(or getting stuck with) the Bears.

Fan Fact: Former Oze member Matt was the only Bears fan if memory serves.
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RE: Team Ratings Review
La La Land beckons Rivers and co

Los Angeles Chargers

New year and the Chargers of San Diego are now the Chargers of Los Angeles. However, the cast remains the same and so will Philip Rivers be able to deliver under a new Banner. Maybe you can help.

PROs -

⦁ Joey Bosa. The reigning DROTY has proven he is the real deal, with some insanely high ratings for a 22 year old. 88 OVR, 84 PMV, 89 FMV, 88 Blockshed are top tier stats and don't forget that his opposite, Melvin Ingram is rated even higher at 89 OVR.

⦁ Age is just a number. Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates must be drinking from the fountain of youth, as both are still very highly rated. However, be careful, as their age may mean that you will lose the two All Pro's within a year or so of the franchise.

⦁ Replacements/depth. Gates may last only a season, but his heir apparent has already been crowned. Hunter Henry is already a good Madden TE, and will step in instantly. Add to that a duo of relatively young but good CBs in Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett as well as 4 WRs including rookie Mike Williams. The Chargers have a decent level of depth at the skill positions

Cons -

⦁ Oline. A recurring issue in most teams, this oline is actually a major issue with all of the starting five 80 or below OVR. Forrest Lamp may prove to be a shining light for this corps.

⦁ Retirement beckons. The great Philip Rivers is already 35, and in the land of madden, the fear of retirement has already begun. Unfortunately, there isn't a ready replacement at QB, so look for one immediately.

⦁ Speed kills. Or at least in this case, speed will kill the safeties. Tre Boston may be able keep up with his 87 speed, but Jahleel Addae will need to play his role properly, as an 83 speed rating will be easily exploitable.

Final Word:
The Chargers will be an exciting prospect to have, with a solid defence, lots of depth and at least a season of Rivers at the helm. Cons aside, this is a very well set Madden team, middle of the pack in overall ratings, but the pros, especially the Bosa factor, will push this team into the top 16, and possibly even the top ten pending draft positions.

Fan Fact:
One of the teams with multiple fans, expect DSD, Shrubo, Mickj and relative newbie, Crunchyhobo to all hope for a good pick to get their squad. It's a good one to have.

Can the ultimate rookie leader save a franchise?

New York Jets

Not many teams can compare when it comes to losing so much so quickly. The New York Jets, just a few years removed from being renowned for their tenacious defence have offloaded nearly every starter you could think of. In the ratings world at EA, confidence for the team is at an all time low, as a terrible season has destroyed what was once a very decent Madden team.

PROs -

⦁ Jamal Adams. The young man has a lot do in real life, but is known to be the best leader ever to come out of the college system. While Madden doesn't have a leadership rating, Adams is rated very highly, and is the perfect blend of a ballhawk and a thumper in the backfield. The former home of Revis Island may become the Adams Asylum, where qbs and receivers would be crazy to either throw it his way, or run in his direction.

⦁ Defence. Yes the overpowered Defence of years past is gone, but this is not a unit that is totally destroyed. Leonard Williams has maintained his good ratings, Morris Claiborne gives some quickness at CB and while they may not be the players they used to be, do not discount Sheldon Richardson or Mo Wilkinson. Richardson still has great blockshed while Mo maintains a good Power move rating.

⦁ Hidden gems. We are led to believe that players will really play to their ratings, but as Madden veterans, we know better. So be mindful of some lower OVR players on this team with elite ratings in specific areas like the speed of former Buc Austin Seferian Jenkins and rookie Strong Safety Marcus Maye who will line up opposite Adams for the entire Franchise. With great physicals, Darron Lee also lines up as a perfect user MLB

Cons -

⦁ Decimation. As mentioned, the Jets lost way too much too quickly. While Adams and the return of Demario Davis helps, losing both starting WRs and a starting CB when there still hasn't been a solution at QB is practically a death sentence.

⦁ QB. Which brings us to who throws the ball. Petty, Hackenberg or Josh Mccown. While Mccown is way better than his younger competitors, he is 37 years old. Pick the Jets, and this is your #1 priority.

⦁ WR. Marshall and Decker are gone. In their place are Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson & Ardarius Stewart. All 3 are faster then their predecessors, but thats pretty much it. New York City may turn into New Drop City if these three are not trained up quickly.

Final Word:
Another contender for a bottom 5 pick, the Jets were already in a tough spot prior to free agency, and somehow got worse. They do have pieces of a decent team, but will struggle without key offensive solutions. Get to work now future Jets owner, the team is in a nosedive but key moves may still keep you flying.

Fan Fact:
There's really only one man for the job here. The biggest lock in draft, be afraid if he takes the helm. This bottom 5 team could contend for Superbowls in Marty's hands.
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RE: Team Ratings Review
The Battle of LA has begun, can the Rams become the best team in the city?

Los Angeles Rams


Not much can be said about the Rams. They’re seemingly a team that’s just there. Trash one season, shows promise the next, then rinse and repeat. Madden has not been to kind to the Rams organization, as every year, division rivals outshine them. It used to be the Niners, and now it’s both the Seahawks and the Cardinals. However, don’t sleep on them, they have some outstanding Madden pieces

PROs -
⦁ The monster that is known as Aaron Donald. 99 OVR in a 4-3 RE role with 83 SPD, 90 ACC, 94 Str, 96 PMV and 91 Blockshed. Expect his Dline colleagues like Dominique Easley, Micheal Brockers and Robert Quinn to benefit from the amount of attention he will command.

⦁ Todd Gurley. Not the beast from a year ago, he’s still one of the best young RBs around. He will benefit from a new Left Tackle in former Bengal, Andrew Whitworth. Just make sure you hit those gaps on the left, the right isn't as good.

⦁ Tavon Austin. The speedy receiver is still a Madden weapon. Only a handful of other players have that kind of speed, and even less on the defensive side. With Madden’s promise of smarter catch up logic, he’ll be leaving people in the dust.

⦁ Deep Coverage. Not many teams have a tandem quite like Joyner and Alexander, who already boast 83 Zone at the start. While not the best safeties, these two will keep you safe if they’re kept in mid to deep coverage.

CONs -
⦁ JAG. The team is filled with them. For those not in the know, JAG = Just another guy. And the rating average at most positions on this team are generally in the basic 70s range. This includes starters at almost every position

⦁ Size. While most players are decently sized, guys like Tavon and Joyner are only 5’8 who are your starters. . New TE Gerald Everett is also only 6’3, small for a TE. Look to develop the lower rated, but bigger guys like rookie WRs Cooper Kupp or Josh Reynolds to offset this.

⦁ Division. This is one of the toughest division to be in, with every strength the Rams possess being countered by players in division rivals. Think Austin vs Peterson/Sherman, Gurley vs Wagner/Foster or Donald vs David Johnson.

Final Word:

The Rams in general are not a bad team. In fact, they have some really good stars, and Goff can still be developed well to lead a team to create a three headed monster of Goff, Austin, Gurley. However, the division is a major concern, and more enticing to owners, meaning we’ll see the rams go at the mid to lower end of the scale.

Fan Fact:
No Rams fans in the league. And the Chargers definitely are the more enticing prospect of the two LA teams.
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It's a bird, It's a plane... Is Cam going to be Superman once again.

Carolina Panthers

It's a little strange how Carolina went from almost Superbowl contenders to the bottom third of the league, but time is running out on some of the members of this team. A traditionally strong team, this year is no different, and still has strong top end players.

PROs -

⦁ Star power. Cam, Kuechley, Short, Olsen. The Superman, The smartest LB in the game, The run stuffer supreme and the ultimate safety blanket. 4 absolute studs in their positions, who you can't really go wrong with. Take into account that even after a bad season, these 4 can easily carry you into the playoffs. If they stay healthy.

⦁ The next generation. People will worry about age, but the Panthers already started building their depth a few seasons ago. Guys like OLB Shaq Thompson,CB James Bradberry, G Trai Turner, Devin Funchess and the top 2 rookies from the 2017 class, Christian Mccaffrey and Curtis Samuel form an intruiging succession plan.

⦁ Christian Mccaffrey - The top 10 pick may not have been the #1 running back picked in the draft, but he's technically the #1 overall weapon picked. Line him up anywhere, as he has elite agility (96) and good hands (75) to start, and can only get better.

Cons -

⦁ Age. Father time will hit this team in the length of an Oze Franchise, with Olsen, Thomas Davis, Jonathan Stewart, Charles Johnson, Julius Peppers, Mike Adams, Ryan Kalil all 30 and above. At least 2-3 of these guys are at most 1 year rentals, so plan ahead.

⦁ WR Speed. The two rookies will need to be the burners of this team, as their top 2 WRs, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are more red zone targets than burners. Consider the Wide receiver version of Charles Johnson in your plans, he has speed that could be used sparingly.

⦁ Secondary Depth - This is not a very deep or strong unit in general, with Bradberry the only young good starter while most of the rest of the unit are either aging, or at about the age where regression sets in for Madden years. Bradberry needs help fast.

Final Word:
This is a strong team at the top, but falters as you look just a little bit further. Prepare the succession plan, as you have a max of 2 years with this group of starters before other players step up. Look for the Panthers to go at the middle stages of the draft.

Fan Fact:
No fans for the Panthers in the league, but lots of people love the prospect of playing with either Cam or Kuechley. This year, C-Mac may add another incentive.

Core stability gone, but Bengals speed on forward

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals went through a bit of a major restructure in their team, after a rather dissapointing season. A former strength has turned into their biggest weakness, and they shocked the world during the draft by bringing in the fastest man in NFL history, John Ross. Will the gamble pay off?

PROs -

⦁ Dalton's Toys. Andy Dalton has received a barrage of weapons over his years in Cincinnati. Over the years he's been blessed with one of the best o-lines in football, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert and a not one but two solid running backs. While one of these weapons are now gone, he's been given two more in the shape of John Ross and Joe Mixon. Madden doesn't care about real life drama, so Mixon will instead come into the squad and immediately compete for the starting job.

⦁ Here comes the pain. There are a few front 7 units in the NFL you never want to face, and the Bengals own one of those units. Fronted by Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, ballhandlers beware. If you somehow break through that frontline, Vontaze Burfict(94 HPW) bring the lead with the rest of his wrecking crew of linebackers and safeties.

⦁ Trade Bait. A luxury barely any teams have, the Bengals are sitting pretty in this scenario. 3 running backs, all of whom are rated well can easily be reduced to 2 or even 1 if Mixon is the RB of the future. Cornerback needy teams may also look to the Bengals for young CBs, with several capable gem CBs waiting on the bench.

Cons -

⦁ O-line. Another team with o-line problems, it's been accentuated by the fact that barely anything was done in free agency or the draft to address this. With the 78 OVR Russel Bodine the top guy on the line, a move will need to be made fast.

⦁ Cornerback identity. While there is a lot of young CBs in this team, there is an odd situation where there's a mix of coverage specialists in this team. They are very distinct, as half of the corners seem to specialize in zone while the other half specialize in man.

⦁ Age. Not as big a problem as other teams, but the core starters of this team are in their late 20s, meaning regression and possible retirement will hit this team fast. There are more 29 year olds in this squad than any seen so far.

Final Word:

The Bengals are still a big team in terms of Madden, with the combination of players always attracting heavy interest. Due to heavy fan support, this will be a top half pick in our draft.

Fan Fact:
Speedy, Zimmers, Big Papi and potentially Zim Jr are all fans of the Bengals so they're going to be taken early.

Can agility win ball games for Buffalo?

Buffalo Bills

The Bills have been a bit of an underrated team over the last couple of years in Madden, containing some really good players every year but usually getting picked late in the draft. Lack of fans is one thing, and the prospect of facing the Patriots twice a year may involve it. However, one stat stands out on this team, and it's agility.

PROs -

⦁ Shady Mccoy, or Shady and the boys. Lesean Mccoy has always been one of the most if not the most shifty back around. However, arrange the ratings by agility and be astonished. 7 players, all potential starters have 90 agility, with Shady leading the way with 98. Opponents will be clutching air a lot against the Bills when a combination of Shady, Watkins, Tyrod and Philly Brown start running circles around you.

⦁ Big loss a blessing in disguise? The loss of Stephon Gilmore to the rival Patriots may have alarm bells ringing, but the Bills did a smart thing in the draft. They picked up rookie corner Tre'davious White to pair with promising sophomore, Ronald Darby. While not the best at anything, they highly athletic duo will form a very decent tandem for the entirety of the franchise.

⦁ Tyrod Taylor. He may not get the press of Cam or the accolades of Brady, but in Madden, Tyrod Taylor is close to the ultimate QB weapon. Look at his stats, he's as fast as a Wide Receiver(88 SPD, 91 ACC, 93 Agi), has 91 Throw power and has accuracies that are almost above 80 at any range(he sits at 79 for long).

Cons -

⦁ WR Depth. The Depth chart here goes from a good Sammy Watkins down to the speedy, but unproven Philly Brown. Tyrod will need to lean on his Charles Clay and Shady a lot more than most QBs will for their TE and HB.

⦁ Linebacker. Lorenzo Alexander is already 34 and all the young pickups from recent years like Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown have been serviceable but not outstanding. Give them time to develop behind a solid Dline.

⦁ Free Safety. The Bills have 70 OVR Jordan Poyer listed as their highest FS. SS Micah Hyde needs a running mate as the Bills may get hurt badly on bombs if not played right.

Final Word:

A good team by most accounts, the shiftiness of the team in almost every key position may actually be a major factor in the new Madden, should the reports be true. Keep in mind some starters are also aging on this team and the team sits in the AFC East with the Patriots, but for the most part it is an attractive prospect of a team that should go in the middle portion of the draft.

Fan Fact:

No fans in Oze, but this team has been quite successful and entertaining in it's previous years of usage. May be a good omen.
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