PLEASE BE SURE TO REVIEW THIS ENTIRE POST. REVIEW AND RESPONSE IS MANDATORY! Ok guys, first things first; the franchise has been advanced and 2019 week 2 is now open. The deadline for week 2 is Sunday 4/6/14 @ Midnight EST. REMINDER: - All division games require a recap. The list of required recaps will be posted at a later time (Michael Overman). - Use of the scheduling forum is REQUIRED! Any owner not posting in the scheduling forum within 24 hours of advance (unless the game is played in that time frame), will be considered negligent. - Off-season trades are now closed. Teams with regular season trades left to use, are free to use them. PLEASE REVIEW Let me start by saying thank you to all of you for continuing to make this one of the absolute very best Madden leagues in existence. It is my privilege to steer this ship, but each and every one of you are responsible for making The Q great! The fact that we have a full roster of dedicated owners, starting a brand new season in April, is something we can all be proud of. To me, the best part of that fact is that we have been able to maintain our admittedly high standards for ownership and we don't have to resort to bringing in owners that are just "bodies", for the sake of staying full. There have been some bumps in the road, as there will always be, but I couldn't be more happy about our current group. With that being said, I just wanted to take this opportunity to be proactive in our new season and put a point of emphasis on some of our requirements and expectations. I felt that this was a good time , since we have a handful of newer owners to our league, so we can make sure we are putting our best foot forward as we embark on this new season. Obviously we expect everyone to be familiar with and abide by our LEAGUE RULES, but I also realize that some of these situations aren't specifically addressed there. Some of these topics are based on past complaints and some are simply based on observations. If you find yourself to be an offender of any of these issues, please take steps to rectify the situation immediately. Please don't simple skim the list and "Agree" because you have seen some of these topics before, please be sure to review each of these thoroughly and reply to this post to indicate you have done so. Throwing On The Run - If a QB is being immediately pursued out of the pocket by a defender, he can get rid of the ball at any time. However, we do not want to see QBs sprinting toward the sideline or toward the line of scrimmage, only to pull up and throw the ball down field. Basically, don't make like you are going to run with the QB, to pull defenders off of coverage, and then pass it. Running Outside - This is a longtime struggle that most of you should be familiar with. There are actually 3 parts to this issue. Number one, we don't want to see guys bouncing runs meant to go inside, immediately to the outside. If it's an inside run, give the play a chance to develop. Secondly, make sure you are running both inside and outside runs. Some guys fall in love with the outside and almost never run it inside. Lastly, we don't want to see guys trying to get to the sideline on damn near every run. Even on most "outside runs", you should be able to turn the ball up-field well before the sideline. That's not to say that getting to the sideline is forbidden, but some seem to make it their objective on just about each and every carry. Audibles/Hot Routes (Offense) - This is an area where moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with occasionally getting a look at the defense and changing up the play at the line. But this is not something that should be done on every play (outside of acceptable hurry up situations) and nobody should need to hot route more than a single receiver or two on any given play. If you feel the need to reinvent a play at the line of scrimmage by hot routing 3-5 targets, then maybe you need to just audible out of that play or call a timeout and find the right play. No Quick Snapping - Everyone should be well aware of this requirement by now. Please everyone make sure that you are giving the defense adequate time to set and make adjustments. You SHOULD NOT be regularly snapping the ball the moment (or a heartbeat after) your offense has set. Now this doesn't mean the defense should expect all the time in the world to make adjustments. If on defense you keep getting caught in pre-play adjustments, perhaps you need to simplify your adjustments. Read Option - Read option plays can only be run with a "mobile" QB, regardless of whether the result of the play is a QB run or not. This rule was implemented following our first season and remains in effect. Running Clock - By now everyone should have a pretty good grasp on their playbook and game plan. If you don't, hit the practice field. There is no reason that anyone should be running the play clock down on each and every play. Nothing saps the fun out of a game more than sitting there waiting for your opponent to call their plays for 30 seconds every down. It is even worse when you get to the line quick and it then takes 10-20 seconds for the offense to snap the ball. Call your play, make your adjustments, give the defense a couple of seconds, and snap the damn ball. Run/Pass Ratio (mixing up play calling) - This one has many facets. Whether we are talking about calling the same plays repeatedly, or just the ratio of types of plays called, and it applies to both sides of the ball. Don't rely on the same 2 or 3 run plays for a whole drive, or repeatedly use the same pass patterns. Mix up whose running it or catching it, and how they are doing so. Dive into your playbook and learn to use all of it. You should never have to use the same offensive play more than 2-3 times in one game in most cases. Likewise with the types of plays to call. Generally we shouldn't see teams passing the ball 30+ times and running it less than 10 (or vice versa). On the same token, nobody should be running 2 man under and/or press coverage for 80% of their defensive snaps, or constantly stacking 8 men in the box on 1st and 2nd downs. Mix that shit up and learn to diversify your play calling. Running Out of Spread Formations - There is nothing wrong with coming out in a 3 or 4 WR set and occasionally trying to catch the defense off guard with a run. But teams should not be running out of these "spread" formations more often than they are running out of traditional run formations. This also applies to formations where TEs are split out wide. Again while there is nothing wrong with doing so on occasion, to do so excessively is considered unsavory for our style league. Passing Distribution and Slot Receivers - Simply put, we don't want to see anyone abusing the TE position, running backs, or slot receivers in the passing game. Also, the use of a team's #1 receiver in the slot should be used in extreme moderation, and only if it is called for in the original play design. For more on this topic, you can check out this thread: Passing Distribution & Sportsmanship Sportsmanship & Common Courtesy - Included in the link above is a piece about good sportsmanship. While I don't feel like we have a widespread issue with it, it is worth mentioning. This one is easy. Wish your opponent good luck before the game, tell them good game afterwards, don't be a sore lose or a sore winner. Show respect to your fellow owners at all times. Now that doesn't mean that if there was an obvious issue or concern, you swallow your tongue. Game play concerns need to be addressed in order for things to improve. In such a case, Doug put together a great post on this matter: WHEN TO CONFRONT YOUR OPPONENT AND WHEN TO CONTACT THE COMMISSIONER Unrealistic Stats - Basically we try to be as sim of a league as we can, but obviously this is a game and we are limited on some aspects. However, one area that is well in our control is the offensive stats. We need everyone to take accountability and show some self restraint when it comes to extraordinary stats. Whether it's guys trying to hit XP goals, or just not caring to diversify their play calling; we have definitely seen some instances that have given us cause for concern. Now we are not saying that players can't have big games, but sometimes there is a fine line between a big game and abusing the game, there may be times when you have to take your foot off the gas, so to speak, to avoid unrealistic stat circumstances. Just because it CAN be done, doesn't mean it SHOULD. Kickoff Returns - Simply put, we don't expect to see the types of returns where the returner fields the ball, runs towards the mass of blockers and pursuers, and then after sucking the pursuers in, sprints towards the sideline (sometimes even running backwards) in an attempt to get to the sideline untouched. If you are unclear about or expectations, once again Doug posted a very informative piece on this topic: KICK RETURNS AND PARALLEL RUNNING Depth Charts/Roster Requirements - I started going through depth charts this evening and stopped when I got to 15 different teams with at least one discrepancy. EVERYONE is responsible for making sure their teams meet roster requirements as well as depth chart requirements. This needs to be addressed by EVERY owner ASAP. NOTE: Most common depth chart issues were 3DRB & TE (no WRs allowed), and DEs playing LB or vice versa (no hybrids allowed) ROSTER REQUIREMENTS DEPTH CHART GUIDELINES Thank you all for your attention regarding these concerns. 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