In an interview with ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Hall of Fame coach John Madden suggested that teams could use his extremely popular video game series to prepare for opponents. I mean is this really a thing to consider...?!
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“I would have a couple of young guys that are good, good Madden players, and hire them and put them on my staff,” Madden said. “And each week I would have them play our opponent. If the Raiders are playing Kansas City, I’d have one of them be the Raiders and one of them be Kansas City. And then I would run our players against their defenses and their defenses against our players. And I’d have them just check that out and then write up — this was good, this was bad, had trouble here and trouble there. I don’t know how much I would use it, but that’s what I would do.”
Do you see this ever happening?

(The Spun)
Filed Under: NFL
Originally published on TigerDroppings.com

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Honestly, the only part he's wrong about is hiring "players". The correct answer is to automate hundreds of simulations and hire analysts. Guys who can break down what is happening statistically from all the simulations could provide very valuable feedback. You won't get a grasp of the other team's actual gameplan for you, but you will understand tendencies better and understand weaknesses/strengths on both offense and defense. You would need to be able to customize the player ratings and playcall probabilities based on your own scouting, though.
Reply1 month
In today's virtual world it's not that crazy of an idea. Though to get anything close to legit data points you have to have each player's attributes as close to real as possible, and the "gamers" would have to really that coaches offensive/defensive playbook and tendencies
Reply1 month
Can't blame him for trying to market his brand, but no way he truly believes this.
Reply1 month
I would never base my game plan on something Electronic Arts created.
Reply1 month
Agree with the premise but not his reasoning. These gamer nerds need to be hired as game managers because so many coaches still fail at this basic skill.
Reply1 month
Hiring MUT players would be a disaster. They run the same play repeatedly and scheme around glitches and animations :lol:
Reply1 month
Where the hell has JM been?
Reply1 month
I thought he was dead
1 month
It's kind of funny to me how resistant to change so many fans are when the game is changed almost every year it seems.
Reply1 month
Not as outlandish as it sounds.
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Funny thing is on surface I thought it sounded ridiculous, but when you consider the new virtual environments that have become elite training mechanisms within our military, maybe it would work. As long as the gamers are also studying the previous game plans and trying to implement the actual plays, I can’t see how it would be a negative trying to prepare for opponents.
1 month
That’s classic John Madden. I for one am glad to hear it. Put him in a home my ass. This statement means his is fully in control of his facilities as anyone who grew up with him would know. I’m sure Brett Farve would play into it.
Reply1 month
Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard
Reply1 month
I totally believe this. I also believe if you implemented game plans the youth of today would be much more prepared and identify with it
Reply1 month
I thought he was dead
Reply1 month
It’s time to put John in a home
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