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Eli Manning No Longer Clutch According To Madden 12

One aspect of the latest Madden NFL 12 roster update that I didn’t address earlier was the removal of the ‘clutch’ trait from Eli Manning. Having already broken down the 36 players in the NFL who originally received the trait – which provides a ratings boost during in-game pressure situations – Manning stood out as one of the most questionable. Still it was surprising to see the change made after just a single outing.

According to Donny Moore it wasn’t just week one of the NFL season that cost Manning his ‘clutch’ trait. Instead he was already teetering on the edge and the rough performance did him in. Even though he hasn’t been widely perceived as a ‘clutch’ player it’s still difficult to see how that one game could have made that difference given the framing of the qualifications and in context of the other players in the club.

Those like Tracy Porter and Marshawn Lynch have been deemed ‘clutch’ for making a memorable play in a critical moment and probably don’t warrant receiving the trait otherwise. However what constitutes taking away the trait now unless they were to screw up in a big spot? What will Peyton Hillis have to do in order to lose his ‘clutch’ trait? In the case of Manning maybe it shows that as time passes from those moments that entered them into consideration the individuals will need to reestablish themselves by coming through in more pressure situations or simply by performing at an elite level.

Some players are inherently at a disadvantage when it comes to ‘clutch’ because the teams they play on or the positions they play may not provide much opportunity to prove themselves in that regard. Calvin Johnson is a good example of that even though he continues to make big play after big play. It’s encouraging that the traits will be updated over the course of the season so maybe there will be adjustments made to their distribution and their determining factors. It’s certainly become a hot topic rivaling the always heavily-debated player ratings and at the very least generates quite a bit of discussion so EA will take full advantage of that by making updates throughout the season.

When it comes to quarterbacks they are always going to be in the spotlight with whatever they do making it easier to justify whether ‘clutch’ or not. So what do you think…should Eli Manning have lost his ‘clutch’ trait or even had it in the first place?


Madden 12 Player Roles Defined

Peyton Manning Is A Franchise QB & Team Leader


One of the most intriguing and valuable additions to Madden NFL 12 has come with the introduction of  ’Player Roles’. The impact of each role varies from being helpful or detrimental on the field or in identifying their place on a team roster for management purposes.

Here is a look at what each of the 23 roles signify and the current lineup of players who have received a role for each NFL team. It’s unclear at this time if roles will be altered over the course of the year through roster updates.

Deep Threat: This role means that this player is someone who is a threat to stretch the defense on any play. It does have an in-game impact, increasing the player’s receiving ratings and his QB’s deep throw accuracy.

Defensive Playmaker: This role means that this player is valued by their franchise as a player who can make a huge play when needed the most. It does have an in-game impact, increasing the player’s ratings at key moments in the game.

Feature Back: This role means that this HB is valued by their franchise as the focus of their running game. It does have an in-game impact, and it increases this player’s stamina and ball carrier vision ratings.

First Round Pick: This role means that this player was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Continue reading Madden 12 Player Roles Defined

Madden NFL 12 Releases Its 36 “Clutch Players”

Andre Johnson Is Clutch

According to EA Sports and Madden NFL 12 there are currently 36 “clutch” players in the league. The new ‘Player Traits’ this year provide more insight into how individuals are viewed and how they will perform in Madden beyond just their ratings.

EA has done an admirable job in reflecting some personality in the players by going this route. When it comes to “Clutch” while offensive and defensive lineman are omitted from consideration all other positions have the ability to receive it – and in doing so get a ratings boost in certain high pressure situations.

The following players have received the “Clutch” trait:

•QB: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Josh Freeman

•RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Peyton Hillis, Marshawn Lynch

•WR/TE: Antonio Gates, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Wes Welker, Santonio Holmes, Anquan Boldin

•LB: Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher

•CB/S: Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson, Tracy Porter

•K: Ryan Longwell, Rob Bironas, Adam Vinatieri

So it looks like “Clutch” has gone to the many elite individuals plus those who are most remembered for making a single monumental play (E. Manning, Porter, Lynch). It remains unclear if there are any plans to update the player ‘Traits’ or ‘Roles’ along with the ratings changes in the new rosters that are delivered over the course of the season.