Former NFL player Clint Oldenburg joined the Madden NFL development team after retiring from football. The associate gameplay designer is in charge of player ratings for the franchise. In this interview, Oldenburg offers some tips to winning with his former team.
What’s your favorite Madden football team?
The Washington Redskins. In Madden NFL 12 I was the starting right tackle for the Redskins after a roster patch, and I consider myself a Redskin to this day in retirement. For Madden NFL 25, playing with Robert Griffin III in the Pistol offense is both effective and fun. On defense, Ryan Kerrigan is a legitimate difference maker.
What advice would you give to someone playing as this team on the offensive side of the ball?
Utilize all of RGIII’s skills just as the Redskins do on Sundays; he’s a pass/run threat every snap. Use the zone running game with the agile linemen to set up the play action and use the Read Option to keep the defense off balance. RGIII’s speed is enough to keep any defense honest.
What’s the best way to take advantage of new offensive gameplay features with this team and its players?
As stated above, the zone running game with reach blocks and zone steps up front will force the defense to stop the run. Then add in the Read Option game by reading your defensive keys, and when done correctly, you’ll be sure to bust a big run and you can then use the wide array of ball-carrier moves to take it to the house.
What are some strengths of this team on the defensive side of the ball?
Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are downright disruptive on the edges, especially as pass rushers. London Fletcher is a tackling machine in the middle of the field to clean up anything forced in by Kerrigan and Orakpo. As a defensive unit, using the 3-4 defense, the Redskins are above average at stopping the run game and may be top five in terms of pass rush.
What’s the best way to take advantage of new defensive gameplay features with this team and its players?
Using Heat Seeker tackling, London Fletcher will make every tackle left to him. The secondary is underrated and unheralded, as they are actually a decent unit: Brandon Meriwether is very effective with the new Hit Stick and DeAngelo Hall can still lock down the opposing No. 1 receiver when he needs to. He can also make some big plays using Ball Hawk.
Madden NFL 25 debuts on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 August 27th.
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