Cheat – Madden NFL 12: Learning to run – Tosses and Sweeps
If you’re looking to give your running back a bit more freedom and latitude in the backfield, try tosses and sweeps. Here’s how they work: once your runner gets the pitch, have him cut up field. He can go at any point. Good stick handling skills help with his move so you can move around blockers or evade tacklers. You may want to use the tosses and sweeps plays for running backs that can sprint quickly. Defenders are always on the prowl so speed is very important. Here is an example:
To achieve optimal results when tossing or sweeping, call the play from a Twin WR set. Using a toss out from a twin WR set will open the the opposite side of the field if your opponent is using a man to man defense.
Tip: It is dangerous to run counter running plays. This applies to both offense and defense. It is dangerous for offense because you might lose quite a bit of yardage in your backfield if the defense penetrates behind your lines. Counters are also dangerous defensively since these runs offer really good chances of breaking a long run for six.
For example, the Atlanta Falcons have seven defending players in the box. We want it set up this way because we know that the play is going for an outside play. New Orleans’ QB Drew Brees pitches the ball to RB Reggie Bush, one of the fastest RBs in Madden 12. Bush gets the easy pitch and is headed up field escorted by a lead blocker clearing his path. The RB sprints to get to the scrimmage line while the linemen block downfield. Bush is finally dragged down after a quick and easy five yard gain off this play.
Use tosses and sweeps if you have a fast running back and you’re having a tough time finding a receiver midfield. Keep in mind that there is always a chance you might lose yardage on these types of maneuvers because the play starts so deep in your backfield. If
you can see clearly down the field and you have strong stick control skills, incorporate sweeps and tosses into your game
and add a formidable way to add quick yardage.