Madden NFL 25 – First Five Steps to dominate with the Cowboys in Connected Franchise Mode
Growing up in the shadows of Texas Stadium, Cowboys football flows in my blood. On Sunday’s I live and die with every snap. And I, like many other die hard fans of the silver and blue, have been disappointed with the last decade in Dallas. Many people point the finger squarely at the eccentric ownership as the culprit. Jerry Jones is probably the most engaged owner in the NFL when it comes to personnel, coaching staff, and marketing one of sport’s most recognized brands. He seems to have his tentacles in just about every aspect of his franchise. That makes him the perfect target for media and fans alike when things are going bad. So you think you can do better? With Madden NFL 25 by EA SPORTS, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is with the all new Owner Mode in Connected Franchise. Here is the first 5 things I would do to get the Cowboys back on track and competing for titles in Madden NFL 25.
1. Fire Jerry Jones. His name is far too tainted in Big D to catch a fair shake from the fan base. I have very little interest in trying to extend the man’s legacy and substantiate his methods. If I am going to be held accountable for the success or failure of this team, I am going to do it under my own name. Besides, he’s already cemented his place in the ring of honor, it’s time to start my own journey to Cowboys excellence.
2. Address the interior offensive line. Previous ownership has been all about sizzle on draft day and forgotten that the steak is what brings home the hardware. It all starts up front in the NFL and the Cowboys are woeful in the trenches. Drafting Travis Frederick might have been a reach, but we must work with what we have so I recommend purchasing the Center progression package as soon as you possibly can. His development is crucial to the interior running game and being a rookie, it’s the perfect time to invest in his future.
3. Trade the rookie TE Gavin Escobar. I did not understand this pick on draft day in the first place. With the young, speedy TE James Hannah progressing well at the end of last season, you should have a serviceable, young 2nd option behind the aging, but very capable Jason Witten. Use this draft day mistake to leverage more help on the offensive line. Look for a solid young interior lineman to replace Bernardeau or Arkin. You could potentially evaluate a young Right Tackle to replace Doug Free, but with his contract restructured, he is much more of a viable option out there for the first couple of seasons during your CFM.
4. Upgrade the safety position. With the retirement of Gerald Sensabaugh, you will need to add some veteran leadership back there to pair with the young hard hitting Barry Church. You will need to scour the FA wire to help there until the next draft day. I would utilize an early pick in the 2014 draft, perhaps a 2nd rounder, to bolster that position for years to come. With a solid front seven, opponents will most likely target your secondary as the weakest part of your defense and attempt to exploit that in the passing game unless you make some moves here.
5. Move back to the 3-4 defense. The Cowboys have the best LB core in Madden, in my opinion, if you stick with last year’s formation. Ware, Spencer, Carter and Lee will be a force to reckon with and present all sorts of problems for an offense because of the speed they possess. With Ratliff, Hatcher and Crawford (or Wilbur potentially) you have a serviceable defensive line for a season, but you will need to address strength up front at some point if you want to get the most out of your LB core.
So there it is. Your roadmap to putting your stamp on America’s team and reviving the glory days in Big D.