"Madden"-ing Time of Year

Disclaimer:  I'll personally concede that this isn't my greatest literary work, but it's tough coming up with relevant material during the doldrums of July.  So the disclaimer here is that I'll try to come up with a better topic of discussion next week.

So with training camp still two weeks away and the vacuum that is left in the emptiness of the player's vacation times (how dare they), boredom sets in for the superfans like us.  We've hashed out the roster and position battles forwards, backwards, sideways and every other way you can twist it.  And what is the outcome of every one of those discussions?  The mind-numbing "we'll just have to see how training camp shakes out" answer. 

In this world of instant gratification, we just want to know the answers right now.  Who's gonna start, Culpepper or Stafford?  Who makes up the starting defensive line?  Who gets the ax at receiver?  We just want to know!

Well, what if you could answer those questions right now.  Huh?  No, I've not been wire-tapping Jim Schwartz's office or hacking Martin Mayhew's Blackberry, nor have I been hitting Grandpa's secret stash of Kentucky hooch.  I'm talking about the only place where we can make all the calls and start whoever the hell we want to.  The place where we each get to be Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew combined.  Madden '10, baby. 

I know, we've kind of beat the Madden ratings thing to death over the last few weeks, but I can't help but be excited each year for the new Madden release.  I've got my copy pre-ordered and can't wait for August 14th to sit in front of my 52" Samsung HDTV with my Xbox whirring, getting ready to put in a ten hour marathon getting my franchise set up with the new look Lions.  Anyway, I'll try to put a little gloss on a stale topic.

One of the new features this year, is an enhanced progression system that takes many variables into effect including potential, season play, coaching, etc.  Many past versions of Madden have boasted a better progression system, but this year they stole the guys from "Head Coach ‘09" and brought them in to revamp the franchise mode.  So they tore it down and started from scratch.  The results appear to be an amazing upgrade to the game this year and the progression, drafting and scheduling among other things, appear to get the bulk of the benefit.  Yay for us, right?  There is a great article over at the home Madden site discussing the new franchise mode upgrades.

In case you think I'm simply rambling or being paid off by EASports to tout the company line on their flagship product, I do have a point to all of this.  The point, or perhaps the question, is this:  Who you gonna start for the Lions in your new Madden franchise?  If your answer is that you won't be using the Lions in your franchise, stop reading this and get the hell off this site!

We've all seen how they've rated the lowly Lions, right?  If not, here's a copy:

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ JMP CAT CAR KR
81 C. Johnson DET WR 92 95 94 78 94 75 97 93 96 99 91 77 65
84 B. Pettigrew DET TE 80 72 76 75 74 52 82 85 95 76 75 75 35
87 R. Curry DET WR 74 76 82 57 87 80 87 65 59 87 83 75 55
80 B. Johnson DET WR 71 86 87 59 84 76 84 72 85 87 78 66 70
82 C. Fitzsimmons DET TE 70 72 70 67 65 70 65 65 75 65 74 70 8
13 D. Williams DET WR 68 90 94 52 91 50 94 94 76 85 74 49 74
89 W. Heller DET TE 66 60 70 64 65 64 75 70 88 62 74 66 8
16 J. Standeford DET WR 60 84 87 49 80 65 72 60 79 86 77 46 0
83 A. Jennings DET WR 54 90 92 38 92 59 82 75 91 78 65 60 87
 
RUNNING BACKS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ RBK PBK CAT CAR KR
34 K. Smith DET HB 80 84 87 74 84 70 96 80 92 42 52 76 89 60
44 T. Smith DET FB 79 64 67 85 55 82 85 92 61 78 58 56 74 45
28 M. Morris DET HB 75 85 91 64 88 80 77 70 86 33 31 74 78 76
40 J. Bradley DET FB 68 63 65 90 60 65 60 84 85 72 44 58 70 45
21 A. Brown DET HB 64 83 88 60 87 45 85 72 78 40 42 77 68 75
36 A. Cason DET HB 60 89 91 60 76 65 47 47 47 26 26 66 65 70
 
QUARTERBACKS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ THP THA CAR

9 M. Stafford DET QB 79 71 68 64 61 64 95 87 93 97 80 64

11 D. Culpepper DET QB 72 70 75 73 69 71 95 92 76 90 80 45

5 D. Stanton DET QB 47 66 76 65 72 57 92 80 82 83 71 65

 
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ PBK RBK


51 D. Raiola DET C 80 63 76 85 58 85 78 88 94 86 83


77 G. Cherilus DET RT 79 58 74 93 58 69 75 85 94 89 85


66 S. Peterman DET RG 78 49 72 91 46 77 82 90 88 87 81


76 J. Backus DET LT 77 53 74 89 54 82 75 90 95 86 87


74 D. Cook DET LG 70 43 41 84 40 63 50 73 63 79 77


62 J. Coston DET RG 70 52 66 85 48 64 78 85 86 84 78


65 D. Gandy DET C 68 56 74 84 57 58 75 83 88 82 88


63 M. Ramirez DET LG 68 54 60 93 54 58 68 86 90 82 74


70 D. Loper DET LT 67 54 60 82 54 70 82 85 91 80 88


72 G. Foster DET RT 66 55 74 92 56 55 75 82 87 87 81


78 L. Murtha DET RT 65 70 88 78 67 46 84 87 78 79 82


 
LINEBACKERS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ JMP TCK CAT

59 J. Peterson DET LOLB 90 85 89 73 87 85 93 90 91 79 87 45

50 E. Sims DET ROLB 88 88 93 83 88 66 98 98 92 89 90 36

56 L. Foote DET MLB 78 73 82 77 82 81 88 88 94 54 88 35

57 J. Dizon DET MLB 63 76 85 69 81 61 90 52 48 76 78 38

52 A. Lewis DET LOLB 59 83 87 65 81 68 80 85 88 75 75 29

54 D. Levy DET ROLB 56 79 84 63 78 62 87 75 94 78 78 60

 
KICKERS AND PUNTERS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ POW ACR


4 J. Hanson DET K 95 52 54 31 48 96 86 60 84 91 95


2 N. Harris DET P 67 58 51 44 51 70 75 80 60 87 84


 
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ JMP TCK CAT

99 D. White DET RE 77 71 88 75 76 74 75 78 90 62 69 28

90 G. Jackson DET DT 76 34 54 96 38 86 45 84 65 65 68 20

91 C. Darby DET DT 72 63 87 82 64 67 59 74 78 49 80 25

95 J. DeVries DET LE 71 67 78 80 66 80 85 82 85 54 78 28

92 C. Avril DET RE 71 80 88 66 86 58 85 84 93 85 76 64

97 I. Alama-Francis DET LE 64 66 78 77 74 53 77 84 92 81 65 16

96 A. Fluellen DET DT 61 69 82 88 65 39 65 84 88 70 69 30

79 S. Hill DET DT 61 60 75 89 58 35 66 75 85 55 60 28

 
DEFENSIVE BACKS
NUM NAME TM POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ JMP TCK CAT

32 A. Henry DET CB 78 76 83 64 78 85 90 77 80 90 48 69

26 L. Delmas DET FS 77 86 90 53 90 56 93 91 86 88 70 70

31 P. Buchanon DET CB 76 93 94 44 92 80 95 65 80 89 38 60

27 D. Bullocks DET SS 70 79 82 62 79 74 94 74 90 82 71 66

42 G. Alexander DET FS 68 86 90 60 87 59 92 76 92 80 67 51

25 E. King DET CB 62 83 88 53 84 70 89 65 88 79 45 49

24 K. Pearson DET SS 61 77 82 56 79 60 85 62 86 77 69 41

23 K. Smith DET CB 60 85 89 48 91 62 90 81 91 83 42 50

38 R. Robinson DET CB 57 78 85 44 84 48 90 76 89 83 36 60

 

Those ratings aside, with a fancy new progression system in place, who you play is more important now than it's ever been.  It's foolish to simply play the highest rated player when the progression will actually affect your roster in a more realistic way long-term.  Keep in mind, they've also built "busts" into the game... i.e. players that will look good from a scouting perspective, but come with a low potential built in them.  There is also a much wider spread in the talent levels.  They are grading similar to school grades now, where 70 is average (this is how the Lions got a paltry 65 overall team rating - I guess we are less than average, hey?)  So I want you all to tell me who you will be starting on your team.

... And so without further ado, the Drewslions Madden ‘10 Team (BTW, I'll revamp my roster to show more recent activity, like Northcutt, etc and show players I'll cut, create, sign or trade and some I'll even change positions):

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

81

C. Johnson

DET

WR

92

2

80

B. Johnson

DET

WR

71

3 (Trade)

86

Northcutt

DET

WR

??

4

87

R. Curry

DET

WR

74

5

13

D. Williams

DET

WR

68

(Cut)

16

J. Standeford

DET

WR

60

(Cut)

83

A. Jennings

DET

WR

54

1

89

W. Heller

DET

TE

66

2

84

B. Pettigrew

DET

TE

80

3

82

C. Fitzsimmons

DET

TE

70

4 (Create)

47

D.Gronkowski

DET

TE

62

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

34

K. Smith

DET

HB

80

2

28

M. Morris

DET

HB

75

3

21

A. Brown

DET

HB

64

4

36

A. Cason

DET

HB

60

1

44

T. Smith

DET

FB

79

2 (Create)

45

J.Felton

DET

FB

75

3 (Cut)

40

J. Bradley

DET

FB

68

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

9

M. Stafford

DET

QB

79

2

11

D. Culpepper

DET

QB

72

3

5

D. Stanton

DET

QB

47

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

51

D. Raiola

DET

C

80

2

65

D. Gandy

DET

C

68

1

76

J. Backus

DET

LT

77

2 (Sign)

72

E.Salaam

DET

LT

??

1

70

D. Loper

DET

LG

67

2

63

M. Ramirez

DET

LG

68

1

77

G. Cherilus

DET

RT

79

2 (Sign)

68

J.Jansen

DET

RT

??

3

78

L. Murtha

DET

RT

65

(Cut)

72

G. Foster

DET

RT

66

1

66

S. Peterman

DET

RG

78

2

74

D. Cook

DET

RG

70

(Cut)

62

J. Coston

DET

RG

70

LINEBACKERS

 

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

59

J. Peterson

DET

LOLB

90

2 (Create)

53

C. Spencer

DET

LOLB

68

(Cut)

52

A. Lewis

DET

LOLB

59

1

56

L. Foote

DET

MLB

78

2

54

D. Levy

DET

MLB

56

3 (Create)

49

Z.Follett

DET

MLB

 

1

50

E. Sims

DET

ROLB

88

2

57

J. Dizon

DET

ROLB

63

KICKERS AND PUNTERS

 

 

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

4

J. Hanson

DET

K

95

1

2

N. Harris

DET

P

67

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

 

 

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

92

C. Avril

DET

RE

71

2

97

I. Alama-Francis

DET

RE

64

1

99

D. White

DET

LE

77

2

95

J. DeVries

DET

LE

71

1

90

G. Jackson

DET

DT

76

2

91

C. Darby

DET

DT

72

3

79

S. Hill

DET

DT

61

4

96

A. Fluellen

DET

DT

61

5 (Create)

98

L.Cohen

DET

DT

60

DEFENSIVE BACKS

 

 

 

RANK

NUM

NAME

TM

POS

OVR

1

31

P. Buchanon

DET

CB

76

2

32

A. Henry

DET

CB

78

3

25

E. King

DET

CB

62

4

23

K. Smith

DET

CB

60

5

38

R. Robinson

DET

CB

57

1

26

L. Delmas

DET

FS

77

2

40

M.Manuel

DET

FS

??

(Trade)

42

G. Alexander

DET

FS

68

1

27

D. Bullocks

DET

SS

70

2

24

K. Pearson

DET

SS

61

3 (Create)

??

O.Wiley

DET

SS

52

Sorry, having some formatting issues, but you get the point.  So, no huge surprises.  I may even sign a Chris McAlister or Kevin Carter before camp, who knows.  And the Otis Wiley thing is just for fun.  I'll stick him on special teams for a while.  All just a bunch of good, clean fun kids.

Tell me what you think?  How will your roster compare?  Do you simply hate Madden?  What's on your mind?

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