What’s going on Madden Universe? Today we have a special guest blogger, JackStarr! While many of you may not know him, and some might, he is one of the best offensive minds in Madden, period! Make sure that you give him a follow on his Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch pages!
Also, If you have access to our Offensive Explosion guide, this is a good add on to the breakdown I did on this formation in that guide. Jack adds a whole nother layer to what we gave at the beginning of the year, and trust me, it is ANNOYING to defend!
JackStarr’s Madden 19 Y Off Trips Pats Breakdown
Before we hop into his formation guide. I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself as the guest writer. Name’s Jack; I’ve been playing Madden forever and competing since I was 13, being driven to Madden Challenge venues, back when they had events at the stadiums for each team. I qualified for various events in the MCS era, and I like to think of myself as an offensive mad scientist of sorts. I’ll take popular formations or an under-utilized one and turn them into some of the most explosive offenses you’ve seen, and that is just what I’ve done within this formation breakdown. Not to mention, being Relli’s lab partner, I’ve been the crash test dummy for a lot of the ebooks over the past few years, but enough about me let’s get into it.
The formation is Y Off Trips Pats and it is only found in the New England Patriots playbook in Madden 19! This formation has been one of my favorites for years, it was in multiple playbooks. EA removed it from the other playbooks it was in so we’re left with one playbook to run it, but that doesn’t matter because it’s one of the best if not the best formation in the game! What makes this formation so good? You can still max protect and have the running back and an offset tight end on opposite sides of the QB, which is the same logic used to block popular blitzes from Gun Bunch, which is the main reason Bunch is so popular. We can do that same thing from a spread look in this formation, with tougher route combinations. That’s enough with me telling you why it’s so good. Let’s jump into the scheme so I can show you.
First, I want to explain some universal keys to this formation that will carry on throughout the rest of the scheme.
- Halfback generally lines up on the wide side of the field
- Wheel/flat route combo is best run to the wide side
- Always call the base play
- ALWAYS CALL THE BASE PLAY
- Motion makes every play look the same
The most important thing to take away from this part of the breakdown is that the offense runs horizontally first and vertically second. Your primary reads will always be your flats, wheels, tables and drags and if they are open take the yards and don’t complicate things for yourself.
Base play: Pats Y Out
Pats Y out is the play called out of the huddle every time, it’s the most versatile play in the scheme and gives you the most flexibility because of the two post routes on the play. But instead of trying to explain how many different variations there are in this play it will be much easier to show you.
Audible 1: Curl Flats
The first audible and probably the second most used play in the formation curl flats gives you the HB on the table route which can net you 4-5 yards every play until your opponent adjusts. Combine that with the slot motion and you can attack zone coverage with the corner/flat/streak that is a staple of any madden offense. This play is also great in the red zone because the curls are option curls so man or zone, they are a good read and the post route is a great High ball option in the back of the endzone.
Audible 2: Scat
Scat combines the motion with a post route concept to make for one of the most difficult route combinations to defend, this play is a great way to expose coverage defenses as well as stretching the field to make a blitzing opponent think twice about sending pressure.
Audible 3: Y option wheel:
This play is a great way to mimic some of the most used plays and routes as well as a one play TD opportunity against opponents who think they can run man and blitz thanks to a route that you cannot run man against.
Audible 4: 5-6 trap:
This is the best run play in the formation, and one of the best run plays in the game that you’ve probably never heard of or ran. Blocking mimics how read options work by giving the edge defender a free release upfield. This allows you to read the pulling guard and the edge defender and cut wherever you want; whether its outside, off tackle or even a cutback lane which makes opponents have a hard time manually defending this run.