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The SPD Rating and What it Means to You - Video

Tosstamer1, myself, and others were engaged in a discussion about things that need to be changed in Madden when the conversation turned toward SPD and route running. There was a question about how an 87 SPD LB could keep up with a 97 SPD receiver.

But how much faster is a 97 than an 87? None of us knew... So I promised to make a video to answer that question. Here it is:



If you don't have 10 minutes to watch the video...

10 SPD point difference = approximately 3.5 yards of separation after 40 yards. That's not much. Most of us wouldn't throw that pass.

20 SPD point difference = approximately 7 yards of separation after 40 yards. Most of us would throw this pass.

The problem is, if you throw the pass once the receiver has run far enough to get this type of separation, you will seriously underthrow the ball; and an under thrown ball lets the slower defender get back into the play.

IMO, The only way to make it work is to read the coverage and throw the pass as the receiver is even with the defender and anticipate that he will blow past him, because the fact is, most of us aren't going to get a matchup with a 10 pt SPD difference at anytime during a game. Meaning that 3.5 yards will likely be even smaller.

Later

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  • A dude in my league just brought it to my attention and didn’t think of. User Defenders are able move about the field too fast since 89 speed = 4.2. Most dudes user a safety like 90+ speed. So therefore, you’re able to cover too much ground.
  • tosstamer1 wrote: »
    A dude in my league just brought it to my attention and didn’t think of. User Defenders are able move about the field too fast since 89 speed = 4.2. Most dudes user a safety like 90+ speed. So therefore, you’re able to cover too much ground.

    89 SPD does not equal 4.2 by itself. That 40 time combines 99 SPD, ACC, AGI, RLS and a height of 7'0". Short players run slower. A player that is 5'5" with 99 SPD, ACC, AGI, RLS runs thier fastest possible 40 in 4.05 seconds (243 frames).

    Mind you, these results were taken racing the 5'5 receiver next to the 7'0" receiver. The variance could be from the size of their shoes... The 5'5" receiver had his foot a few inches off the 10 yard line in my experiment.

    Later
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