Guest blogger Cam Allen delivers yet another detailed write up. This time he focuses on slowing down the high powered Tecmo Bowl 49er's offense. You can't stop Joe Montana, but you can do you part to give Jerry Rice a bad day on the stat sheet. Cam does a great job breaking down the ins and outs of the 49er playbook and how to combat it. Enjoy!
You can't stop San Francisco, you can only hope to contain them.
In a capable player's hands San Francisco is the biggest nightmare in Tecmo Bowl. Maybe the Giants are better but they are slow, methodical, and generally give you hope of catching the 1 break you need to topple them. Sure Chicago is loaded with star players and will just crush less talented teams but let's face it, Chicago stops themselves. But San Francisco...they are terrifying.
The standard defensive tactic used to try to stop SF is of course:
Call Pass 1. Again and again. And again and again. Until San Fran is running almost exclusively Pass 2 or Pass 3 out of fear of being play picked on a Pass 1 call. Why?
This takes Jerry Rice out of the game as he will be covered on all 3 pass plays. This along with being a topside defender wipes out Run 1 and Pass 1 for SF. Against a normal team that's all you ever have to do to eventually stop them, take away 2 of their plays and you control what plays they run and you give yourself a great chance of a play-pick whenever you want to take a shot and try for one. But with SF, this plan leaves their Pass 3 Shotgun pass wide open to do serious damage. It leaves a deep and shallow receiver open and you just get picked apart either 12 yards at a time or the deep pass hits for 30.
Our very own guest blogger Cam Allen delivers a solid insightful study on the advantage of being Player 1, which we refer to as the home team. Cam and his group of Tecmo Bowl players have very similar facts, figures and findings as we do. Below he details how the it all shakes out with the 1,000+ games they have data on. Sit back and enjoy the detailed work below...
Diving into the 1116 game database, let's look at how the mega powers (NYG, SF, CHI) have fared against each other. Keeping in mind there will be some biases here as these are the stats for all players, all eras, all strategies etc. but it should be a good representative sample......
Houston, we have a problem. We're 2 decades and some change into this, and our Tecmo Bowl schemes and strategies are still changing. Game-plans are still being perfected. Defenses are starting to play some serious catch-up against a couple offenses that are usually near the top of the league.
This first became apparent to me when Denver and Miami began to lose steam in season 4. Not just in the win column, but on the scoreboard as well. The Broncos and Dolphins have been the standard middle tier squads I lead to a slug of wins, and do so by scoring lots of points. As we have reached the mid point of season 4, I feel there's significant change on the horizon........
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