Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Head Coach Rosters and Stats

The roster update is ready on XBL.

Oh -- before I forget thanks to all that let me know about the formatting issues of the Madden review. All fixed. Damn database.

I've been simming seasons in HC today to get a final feel for how the stats are going to look year in and year out. There's good and bad, but next year I hope the team fine-tunes this part of the game. It's passable. But, well, you'll see what I mean.

In the 5 years simmed every season one QB either breaks the 5,000 yard mark or flirts with it. Same with WRs -- every year someone either breaks Rice's receiving yards record or comes damn close. The high end stats are HIGH. Reggie Wayne's 114 catch 2100 yard season was eye popping but someone does that almost every year.

Rushing numbers look good. Sacks are ok, too.

The biggest issue I have with the stats are the QB ratings and interceptions.

There are way too many picks each year. On average you'll have about 20 QBs throw at least 19 or 20 picks a year. And usually 3-5 throw at least 30 -- one year Brees threw *40* picks. That is obscene. The low end stats are just BRUTAL. It's very common for the low rung QBs to hover around a 45 QB rating. Tavaris Jackson one season had 41 INTs and followed that up the next year with a 41 TD 26 INT season where he threw for 4600 yards. It's just bit scattered.

Trent Edwards of Buffalo ended 2009 with a 48.3 rating. 12 TDs and 33 INTs and like a 48% completion rate. Ouch. At what point does Buffalo just bench this guy? Walter in Oakland had a 48. Chad Henne a 51.

The QBs are by far the most odd looking stats wise and everything else looks pretty good. But the screws do need some tightening.

These tests were all PRE roster update. Dunno if that will do anything or not.


Bad Scooter said...


I found your blog via Operation Sports.

First of all, kudos on the inisghts. They're very helpful.

Now, unlike everyone else, I actually enjoyed the original Head Coach, so I've been anticipating this new version, and hoping that EA didn't mess it up.

I've been reading with excitement the positive feedback this game is getting. However, I'm also reading a LOOOONG list of bugs with Madden.


In your opinion, is it the $90 to get Head Coach NOW with the Collector's Edition? Is Madden solid enough to justify that? Or should I just wait until HC is released by itself?

Jonah Falcon said...

I personally will eschew Madden and just get HC in 3 weeks.

Brandon said...

Seems silly to spend the extra money instead of waiting three weeks, but I just dropped $140 on Gears of War 2 for a frakkin' fake Lancer, so clearly, I'm not the one to come to for sound financial advice.

Bad Scooter said...


Yeah, my thing is that I don't really see myself playing Madden a whole lot if HC is as good as advertised. I'll still play it, but I've always been a franchise guy.

The kicker is that the wife and kids are heaidng out of town this weekend and will be gone until Wednesday. That gives some prime gaming time.

I'll miss 'em, sure, but...

...I mean 4 days and nights of gaming time??


bill abner said...

Welcome scooter,

Madden is worth it only if:

A) You play the game against another person (its a very good 2 player game)

B) You have faith that the patches they are working on will fix some of the big AI issues

Answer no to those then no -- it's not worth it IMO.

Steve said...

Bill, have you experience the no-huddle end of game issues yet? It appears if I call a play with under two minutes left, my team will continue repeating that play until a stoppage of play. I can't audible or call for a spike or anything. It ruins the game for me.