Cheerleader and Pump Up Crowd Cards
Successfully complete the "Game Situation" challenges in mini-camp mode. The Cheerleader or Pump Up Crowd Cards for the team used will be unlocked.
Madden Cards and game cheats
Get a gold rank in any event on the All Pro, Pro and Rookie levels in mini-camp mode.
Extra push in tackles
When you are a defender about to give a head-on-collision to the runner, press the [C-stick Down] to give extra push in your tackles, increasing the chance of a fumble.
You can get numerous easy tackles with your MLB by using him during your kickoffs. Go to coaching strategies and find "Kickoff". Assign the third player from the left to be your MLB. Assign the first two players on the left as very slow CBs or FSs. When you kick off, kick the ball to the left side where your MLB is assigned. If you do not kick it too deeply, your MLB will be the first one downfield and will go unblocked into the return man. Note: If you have the roster space and some money, create a CB and FS and make all of their attributes zeros. You should have no trouble signing them to a contract. You can then use them on your kickoff squad and they will almost never make it downfield. With this trick, in addition to the tackles your MLB gets during the game, he will get one for every kickoff as well.
Go to the "I Formation" and select "Slants" as a route. The key receiver is "B". Wait one or two seconds then throw to the key receiver, who will catch the ball every time.
Choose any pass play and select "Hot Route". Select your best receiver and press "Left Analog-stick Up". Run towards his side (behind the line of scrimmage) and tap "Left Analog-stick Up" while you tap the receiver's button. This works about 90% of the time.
Signing players to low salaries
This trick will allow you to sign any player, no matter how big their default salary is, to a three year low-salary contract. You must do this before starting a franchise. First, edit the player's attributes from whatever they are currently down so that their overall rating is exactly 75. Depending on the position, you should be able to achieve this by simply lowering one or sometimes two of their attributes. Make sure to make a note what the original rating was so you can store the value later. Once all players you are editing are at an overall rating of 75, release the players to free agency. After releasing each player (you may have to sign some "no-name" players to your roster to maintain roster requirements, but you can release those temporary players later), back out of the roster management screen to the main menu. Choose the option to "Continue without saving" (this may not be necessary). Reenter the roster management screen and select "Free Agents." Go to whichever team you want to sign the players to and start looking for your players. You should notice that their new requested salaries and contract lengths will be for three years at a very low salary (depending on the position). Once you have signed all of your players back (and released the temporary players), go back to editing the players and return them to the original ratings. Note: According to the manual, your players will become upset if they feel they are being underpaid for how good they are performing -- you will more than likely have to re-sign some contracts throughout the year, but with the cap room you will save.
Note: This trick only works on contracts that have completely expired. During the off-season, instead of resigning your players, edit them. Change their position to something that will lower their overall ratings. For example, move a DT to a TE; or make your QB a WR. Then, resign the player. He will play poorly at his new position, making him extremely cheap. Not all player positions can be changed, but a lot of them can -- especially the higher dollar positions. After you resign the player, move him back to his original position. His overall rating will return without any negative affects. For example, it is possible to resign LeRoy Glover to a six year deal worth $1.5 million with no signing bonus at the age of 32, with an overall rating of 97 by moving him to TE.
Whenever you have to re-sign a player in franchise mode, go to player management and edit the player's position to something that would lower his stats. Re-sign him, then change him back to his original position. For example, make your QB a WR, and sign him. This also works for free agents, but not for draft picks. You cannot edit draftees until they are signed.
Getting good players
In order to get a team that will last three to four years of dominance, must start with a team with lots of long contracts in place (for example, the Lions). They have four or six, six and seven year contracts on the good rookies. Trade for other players with long contracts. The first person you need to trade is the tight end that makes $12 million a year. Kellen Winslow from the Browns makes a good replacement. Make sure to not build too good of a roster, as your players have personalities and will get upset if they do not start, get the ball, etc. However, a decent roll playing team with outstanding players at these positions will take it every time. QB, HB, WR, or a second WR will not hurt. With DE/DT OLB/MLB CB SS/FS, 80-85 on every other player is more than sufficient. Also, if you trade these players from the rosters before your franchise, you can then edit them to make them better. However, be careful not to go too high on all of them, as they will all want more money and cause major backroom problems.
Use the following trick to get high draft picks every year. Each year after pre-season, simulate or play the games up until week 5. Check the standings to learn who has the worst record so far. Then, initiate a trade with the worst team. Offer the worst team your first round pick for their first and third round picks. They will usually accept. If they do not, find another team that is bad and offer the same deal to them. Once they accept, you can then usually offer both of your third round picks to another bad team for their first round pick. Then after the season is over, you will generally have two first round picks very high in the first round. You will be without a third round pick, but it is well worth it for the two first round picks.
Use any roster. Take the thirrd string or very last player in your depth chart and edit the player. You can do anything you want with him and his salary will be the same, no matter how bad or good he is.
If you find a great player as a free agent, you can sign him if you have a salary cap over $1 million. Just give the player seven years and your salary cap will get lower, but will not go under 0.
First, do a Fantasy Draft with any team other than the Falcons. Once you finish the training camp, preseason, and five weeks in the regular season, look at the standings in the NFC East. You should see that the Falcons are 1-4 or 0-5. Trade your first round pick for their first round pick. This usually works. If not, trade with the next worst team.
In franchise mode, create an offensive lineman that is 45 years old. Set his years in the league to 27. Put his stats all the way up, then sign him on free agency. Next, trade with any team and get any player or pick you desire. This works best with getting first round picks, but can also get a lot of good players. Because he is an offensive lineman, he will not have a huge impact on a team winning and will retire at the end of the season.
In franchise mode, go to "My Team", then "Team Info". Scroll over to "Team Morale". Look under the other team's morale for unhappy players. Those player will be easy to trade for.
Note: If you are starting a franchise with a created team, do not sign too many star players because you will be over the cap limit, and your players will complain about playing time. To have a good team, sign a QB, halfback, and wide receiver all with ratings of 85 to 99. For defense, sign a good middle linebacker, a good safety (strong or free), and a good cornerback, also all 85 or above. This will leave your team with a good offense and defense, and it will keep them under the cap limit.
Start a franchise with the team that you want to be perfect. Then, go to "My Team" then to "Export Team". Export the team, then exit out of franchise mode. Go to "Features", then to "Historic Teams". Press [R] to go to "Saved Teams". Then, choose the players and edit their attributes so that they are at 99. Next, exit and go to "Play Now". Press [X]. Then, press [R] to go to "Exported Teams" and choose your team.
The following players are selected in the rounds after their name. Therefore, you can draft them in the previous round if you have a good draft pick. For example, pick #6 to 10.
Roy Williams(FS): 7
Tony Gonzalez: 12
Deangelo Hall: 13
Ed Reed: 8
Larry Fitzgerald: 10
D. Akers: 21
Shane Lechler: 23
Rashaun Woods: 31
Jim Kleinsasser: 20
Clinton Portis: 2
Brian Urlacher: 2
Steven Jackson: 27
Roy Williams(WR): 8
Lee Evans: 15
Dante Hall: 15
Reggie Williams: 16
Justin Smith: 5
Julius Peppers: 3
For example, if Brian Urlacher is drated in the second round, you must draft him in the first. If Dante Hall is drafted in the fifteenth round, you must draft him in the fourteenth round. Note: These players are always drafted in the round given; choose wisely.
To get a good team in the future you must get good rookies. Note: If you start them, they will get great very quickly. Some such players are as follows.
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Faster player improvement
Eli Manning QB
Sean Taylor FS
Roy Williams WR
Keniche Udeze DE
Robert Gallery LT
DeAngelo Hall CB
Steven Jackson RB
Bob Sanders FS
Ben Roethlisbergr QB
Before playing under the All-Pro or All-Madden difficulty settings, play your franchise under the Rookie or Pro levels so you can increase stats for your players easily. This will give them more attribute upgrades throughout the season. The more yards your receivers or running backs get, the more points their ratings will increase.
More effective running game
First, make a tight end. His name, college, etc. is your choice. When you edit his appearance, make him 6'8", and 275 to 300 lbs. Then, make him have a muscular bulid in his body and arms. If you set his attributes ti above average or better (overall between 84 to 99), when you run a play that involves running towards the side the tight end is set, he will open holes and lanes that will enable you to gain 6 to 7 yards a carry.
Easy deep routes
You can make an adjustment to your route in create-a-playbook that can make throwing the deep route much easier and the game more fun. In create-a-playbook, if you have a normal streak, adjust the route so that it is going to the side of the receiver (if on the right side, adjust the route to the right; if on left, adjust the route to the left). It is like a fade, and make sure it is at the maximum vertical yardyage. In a game, it usually works best with a play action, but it also is effective in shotgun against a normal man on man with a safety over the top situation. You should wait about two to three seconds, then lob it. It works well when you have a top speed receiver such as Bethel Johnson or Dante Hall, or against a cornerback about 93-94 speed.
Shifty jukes when running the ball
To have a higher chance of breaking tackles when running, press the [Juke] buttons according to which side you want to run to.
The hook routes are the most successful plays to complete in in the game.
Increased attendance in franchise mode
Before playing a home game, enter the "Owner's" menu and set your "Advertising" as high as possible. After you play your game, return to the "Owner's" menu and set "Advertising" to zero, then simulate the rest of the games for that week. You will not be charged for the advertising, but your attendance will be higher. Do this before every home game to keep your attendance high without paying extra.
Glitch: Announcement misspelling
To have Al Michaels say Vinny Testeverde's name (Dallas Cowboys), you must change Vinny's last name "Testaverde" (default) to "Testeverde".