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Steelman16
09-05-2007, 04:22 PM
Noticed quite a few of yall play Madden, and I was wondering if anybody here are big Franchise gurus like me. On a few different Madden sites, its common practice to sorta "document" the games and anything else done to the franchise on a daily/weekly basis. Kinda like a long-running newsreport on a Madden franchise.

If nobody does this, I'd be wiling to start. I have 07 (don't have the money for 08) and just started a Steelers franchise.

:smile:

ShutDown24
09-05-2007, 04:27 PM
I love playing franchise. Unfortunatley, the Madden 08 gameplay (360) was very bad in my opinion and didn't warrant a buy. Therefore I am not currently running a franchise... Wish I was though... They are so much fun... Good luck with this :)

pittsburghp8baller
09-05-2007, 04:37 PM
i love doin franchise. ive already finished my first two years on 08 i went 10-6 and lost to the colts in the divisonal round (they make peyton way too good) ben had a decent year (21-15 TD-INT) and parker made it to the pro bowl(1700 yards 15TD). i used my first round pick on who else colt brennan and this is absoulutely no lie i promise to you all ben went down with an injury week 1 and colt came in and won rookie of the year (3300 pass yards and 25-13 TD/INT) but we missed the playoffs because of a lot more injurys than ben

Steelman16
09-05-2007, 04:41 PM
I've always wondered, how do you get the real draft class?

pittsburghp8baller
09-05-2007, 04:44 PM
I've always wondered, how do you get the real draft class?

u have to get ncaa 08 then once you finished the season it will ask you to if u want to export draft class save it and after preseason on madden it will ask you if u want to import draft class then just import the draft class.

Steelman16
09-05-2007, 04:46 PM
Oh, I don't have NCAA, though I wish I did.

BTW, I assume you're referring to xbox? I only have a PC.... :banging:

pittsburghp8baller
09-05-2007, 04:49 PM
im not sure if u can do it for PC but any of the other systems do it

dhosmer
09-05-2007, 05:17 PM
im not sure if u can do it for PC but any of the other systems do it

you can do it for PC, you need a Madden Editor though and then you can import draft classes. I believe the Football Freaks website has all the files. I haven't done it in 08 (play on 360 now) but did it for PC on 07 and 06 with no problems. The editor can also edit a ton of other things if you choose. Good luck!

Hammer67
09-06-2007, 12:58 PM
you can do it for PC, you need a Madden Editor though and then you can import draft classes. I believe the Football Freaks website has all the files. I haven't done it in 08 (play on 360 now) but did it for PC on 07 and 06 with no problems. The editor can also edit a ton of other things if you choose. Good luck!


You can also download the names from the internet for NCAA on the 360 if you have a memory card and a USB transfer kit.

ShutDown24
09-07-2007, 10:23 AM
I busted out 07 yesterday and manually updated the rosters to perfection... It took forever to do but was fun...

I started a franchise as the Packers. Here are my moves so far.

1. Made Rogers the starter over Favre (It's about time)

2. Traded 3rd round pick to Cinciy for Chris Perry to try and revive his career...

3. Traded old linemen for draft picks, moved tauscher to left tackle and put some decent young guys in to fill out the rest of thel ine.

4. Picked up W.Ponder for kick/punt returns.

5. Re-signed Ahmad Carroll at corner.

Then I went to bed lol... I am now looking at my saftey position... I like Manuel but the other guy is an unknown to me which is rare so I'm probably going to draft a good saftey or trade for some underrated guy...

Any suggestions?

Steelman16
09-07-2007, 02:18 PM
Oh sweet! I'm gonna post my thread soon!

James Butler is the most underrated Safety in the game. He plays for Minnesota in Madden 07. He has pretty decent cover skills, but he really has a nose for the ballcarrier. Other than him, drafting a guy in the 3rd round or so isn't a bad idea. I've found some gems over the years.

ShutDown24
12-13-2007, 06:41 PM
(Bought Madden 08 so I am reviving this lol)

Day 1: Notable moves - made Dan Kreider starting fullback, signed Verron Haynes and made him the starting 3rd down back (Davenport remains 2nd RB on the roster to spell Parker)

Traded Faneca and a 4th rounder to Arizona for Bryant Johnson.

Simulated my first season (Always do)

Drafted a guard in the first round and made him the starter for pre-season.

Also drafted a tackle (RD2), center (RD3), corner (RD 5) and used remaining picks on wide outs hoping to find a surprise...

That is it as of now.

Rhee Rhee
12-13-2007, 06:56 PM
u have to get ncaa 08 then once you finished the season it will ask you to if u want to export draft class save it and after preseason on madden it will ask you if u want to import draft class then just import the draft class.

do they have the real names of all the NCAA players? or just QB #15 like dat... thats one thing i hated about NCAA.. o well

and btw im in franchise too but only for 07 i really love it and plus i always go on rookie and score a bajillion points... u dont get any better but its very fun

ShutDown24
12-13-2007, 07:14 PM
They used to get generated names (Fake ones) but now with online being so big I think there is a possibility they add the real names through live but i don't know.

Just fired Arians and named Dennis Green my new OC.

The Duke
12-13-2007, 07:42 PM
Just fired Arians and named Dennis Green my new OC.

so basically arians was who we thought he was :hunch:

ShutDown24
12-13-2007, 07:54 PM
i knew someone would say something about that lol... It was down to Billick or Green... I didn't want Billick for a few obvious reasons :P - Even in a game I was afraid he would make my offense into an enigma.

CantStop85
12-13-2007, 09:47 PM
do they have the real names of all the NCAA players? or just QB #15 like dat... thats one thing i hated about NCAA.. o well
If you actually import the rosters from the NCAA game, then they will be just numbers, that is unless you go to a website such as digitalsportsmania.com, download them and load them into NCAA.

Madden 08 apparently has a pretty big bug in the franchise mode this year in which the game freezes because of some issue with the free agent pool. EA's supposed to release a patch for it, but has not as of yet.

Godfather
01-25-2008, 11:00 PM
I think there's some kind of legal issue with using the real names of college players. So they set it up so it can be customized, and the fans can change "QB15" to "Matt Flynn". By allowing files to be imported, they let some awesome person do the hack and post it onthe Internet for free.

12+88=6
02-06-2008, 11:05 PM
i have 08 for the ps3 and always do franchise. i was in year 2011 and had to start all over. oh well. but here's a way to make sure you draft the best rookies. some may call it cheating. but i've done it for years now.

step 1. turn off the trade deadline at start of new franchise
step 2. trade your 1st pick to the worst team at the end of week 17, before the playoffs, you can get their 1st, #1 overall and their 3rd usually.
step 3. trade whatever picks you need to get the #2 pick, you can sometimes even get a late 1st rounder in addition
step 4 finish the season and SAVE IT!
step 5 go through the whole off season, SIM IT, and stop before preseaon, DON'T SAVE IT!
step 6 go into the rosters and write down all the best rookies names, stats and ratings etc..
steo 7 go into draft recap and look for those guys and see what # they got drafted write it down, quit season WITHOUT saving it.
step 8 start season again, it'll start from the start of the offseason
step 9 go to the draft with the #1 and #2 picks and you can draft the 2 best or trade down to get other guys who went later in the 1st. if you trade picks you can end up with 4 1st rounders sometimes. the guys usually get drafted in the same spots give or take a few.

the 1 time i had the #1,#2, #8, #11 picks. i ended up getting 4 rookies with 75 to 80 ratings. and my drafting was done and my team getting stacked. imagine after 3 seasons how many good-great players you get. it takes awhile to do it but i like it. i have a chart with the players names, position, ov rating, speed, strength, etc....

Pittsburghfan
02-13-2008, 01:37 PM
This isn't my thread but I traded Haggans a free Agent RG and my 3rd round pick to the Bungholes for some crappy guy and Mucho Gayo.

I wanted to see how he was.
Most likely use as trade bait.

pittsburghp8baller
08-13-2008, 12:36 AM
who has started their franchise for 09 yet?

ive already finished preseason (im waiting until i see my bro again so i can get his memory card so i can get the draft classes so i can advance to the regular season).

only 1 injury and was to Gary Russell, unfortuanetly he is out for the season, so i signed Justin Forsett and he fit right in and is one of my kick returners and punt returners. i even signed Byron Leftwich and really did have a open competition between batch and leftwich and batch beat him out. i also cut eddie drummond as he fumbled a couple of times on kickoffs and wasnt really effective when he did return it, and dropped it too many times at wide out. Sweed also struggled which forced me to drop him to fourth behind dallas baker and finally i named Timmons a starter over Foote

im also Washington in it jus so i can follow Colt Brennan's career, its too bad he had to play with the backups cause his numbers def suffered for playin with them

fordfan485
08-14-2008, 02:23 AM
I started my franchise. I had updated the roster and played the first 2 preseason games won both, couldn't find that new punter mitch burger cause he wasn't listed as a free agent. For some reason though when i simed to the regular season it cut paul ernster for some reason. Also it wont split carries between Parker and Mendenhall even though i set it to give them 50/50 in the coaching scheme setting. Thought it was cool how when i signed leftwich it automatically gave him the number 4 ( dunno if that was random or if it somehow knew). Also even though moore is set as the 3rd down back it still has parker in on third downs , the only time moore comes onto the field is if im running a 4 or 5 wide receiver set

Anyways here are my scores so far:

Week 1: vs Texans I won 66-7 . yea i blew them out of the water would have been a shutout if i didn't blow coverage with one of my safeties( and no it wasn't anthony smith :laughing: )

The madden iq after that game was like 520 something

After that the game adjusted and it seems like every other pass play i throw turns into a interception :banging: :banging: :mad:

Week 2 Browns: I won 17-7

Week 3 Eagles: i lost 5-7. I think i threw like 6 or 7 interceptions this game :doh:, one of them i threw the pick and the other team caught it in the endzone and i tackled them for a saftey. :tt02:
Also ben got a concussion in this game but he threw about half the picks

After that eagles game i got very frustrated and turned the ps3 off for the night.

Also did they get rid of challenging the play cause i cant find how i do it. also when i go to pick play type where are the special teams plays. maybe i wanna kick a 50yd fg and not punt the damn ball. I'm not liking the play selection screen i thought it was better in madden 07(had 08 for the pc but its more like 06 or 07 on the consoles)


Anyone else notice that it wont let you defer selection on the coin toss like the new rule lets you. Also one bug ive found with the ps3 version is if im letting madden recommend plays him and the announcers will be talking at the same time



on a second note there missing a bunch of hall of famers in the game like bradshaw and swann in the hall of fame section.

KeiselPower99
10-09-2008, 12:12 PM
I have 08 for ps2 and usually ifI sim the first season if I beat the Browns we are in for a good season. But if I lose means Bens throwing 20 ints. As for the draft I trade Faneca to the Jets for Mangold and takea CB 1st a Reciever 2 and Owen Schmitt 3rd if he is still avalable.

Steelman16
10-10-2008, 01:51 AM
I started my yearly Steelers franchise after the 09 rosters came out for Madden 08 PC. (yeah...PC...)

I think I'm in 2012 right now. I went 3 seasons without advancing past the first or second round of the playoffs, then I got hot and went all the way and beat the Rams on a last second touchdown pass. (amazing game, best I've ever played) Lost in the first round again the year after, and then I went to the super bowl again against the Giants. My D shut down ol' Eli for the big win. Just finished the next season. Lost 5-6 games, but won the division by a half-game over the Bungles....and lost to them in the first round. :mad: I'm back in preseason now. Trying to rebuild my O-line, gettin' kinda decrepit lately. lol

Blitzburgh_Fever
10-31-2008, 01:16 PM
I can never play as the Steelers, because the computer usually seems to pick one skill player on offense and defense per game and makes them suck. So a few years back I found myself cursing Hines Ward for dropping the ball. I've played one season as the Steelers per Madden since but I never go farther than that.

Usually I end up creating my own team. I start out by going into Rosters in the main menu, taking a crappy team in a strong or similarly competitive like the Raiders, 49ers, Dolphins, Texans, or Eagles, releasing all their key players, signing the absolute worst Free Agents I can to their team from the FA pool so they can meet roster minimum (so I can release more players) until their best player is a 78 or 80 or so. Then I create my franchise, go into the game, and select that team to replace.

That way all these big name players are still in the league, and I get my own team. I also wait until Week 1 to sign any FA, to make sure I don't just end up with my created team + 22 players of whatever team I destroyed.

Great fun, I play on Custon settings with a Madden IQ of 707 (ranged from about 690-725). I don't like how this year EVERY pass is horizontal. It's more realistic, but I have to run the ball or go with short passes for three quarters before I get one SHOT down field, nevermind if he catches the ball (most of the time, for whatever reason, he just drops the ball).

My current 2012 (I think) Franchise, the Los Angeles Firebirds, has Felix Jones behind Clinton Portis (just signed Jones, Portis' last year on contract and can't afford to sign him), Limas Sweed, Demetrius Williams, and Mario Manningham at receiver (I released Sweed from the Steelers and gave them the Eagles best receiver), and Anthony Henry and a guy I drafted at corner. I also have DeMarcus Ware and LaMarr Woodley at OLB (released Woodley from the Steelers, gave them the best OLB from FA, who was pretty good).

Any of the guys above I got in FA, OR in the "Trade Block" section of the roster. IMO it's way too easy to select a 99 and trade a 1st, 2nd, and an ~90 guy for him, when realistic the Colts are never going to trade Manning. So I try to stay away from that or even trading for picks. I used to stack my team with picks, but you end up way over salary cap since they're all 1st rounders, and your team becomes the best team ever known by three years into the franchise.

Those are my real hot spots on my team. I simmed my first season and ended up like 6-10, but my crappy QB won RotY. I drafted a QB in the first, a Guard in the 2nd, a Tackle in the 3rd, and hit money on FB late in the draft. My Line has an 88 at C and my LT is an 84 iirc, but that's the worst spot. My two Guards and RT are just awesome, 90, 92, and 94 I think. Good line play is important this year.