Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise Tips and Strategy Guide – Be a Player, Coach, Owner

By   /   Aug 26, 2014

Connected Franchise Mode is the part and parcel of Madden NFL 15 journey which can be taken on in offline mode or with up to 31 players. EA Sports has very carefully designed this year’s CFM experience with a wide array of new features and improvements made to the pre-existent modes.

For more help on Madden NFL 15, read our Best MUT Players and Best MUT Playbooks Guide.

Madden NFL 15 Connected Franchise Mode

Immediately after embarking upon your Madden NFL 15 journey, the first thing you encounter will be CFM.

Although it solely depends upon a user’s preference to jump into online/offline modes, both offer equally challenging environment. It is at the start of your journey that you will be asked to either create a league or join one.

Selecting a Role
Once you’re done with your initial choice joining/creating a league, you will be asked to determine your role – whether you want to be a player, coach, or own your favourite NFL team. Do note that when opting for a player, you can both create a player or bring back a current/former NFL player.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the things that you need to consider when opting for any of the roles stated above.

Be a Player

Being a player not only allow you to take control of your favourite NFL character, but also create an entirely new one. You’ll be able to choose your player’s position, your player type, and even your backstory. Aside from this, you’ll be asked to select a team for which you’ll play and earn experience.

While opting for this role, you’ll have the option of choosing from a wide array of styles – both on offense and defense.

With all new improvements and new features, it is crucial that take good amount of time to select your position. Furthermore, take a moment to have a look at the team’s scheme before signing-up.

I’ve provided some of the positions below which might interest you:

Prototype FS
With this position, although you’ll have below-average tackling and pursuit, but you will also have amazing hit power. In addition to this, poor awareness can be countered with decent speed and acceleration. Upgrade your player in poor departments and you will good to go.

Balanced Halfback
While a balanced halfback suffers with trucking and elusiveness, above-average agility and awareness makes up for it. The idea is to do anything, but not exceptionally well. Some well-spent XP bonus here and there and you’ll be on your way to a superstar.

Pocket Passer Quarterback
With Pocket Passers, your players mostly stay in the pocket and not move a lot. Pocket Passers have great throwing accuracy, power, and elusiveness, but do not have off the charts speed and carrying.

Be a Coach

Similar to being a player, you can either create your own coach from scratch or control your favourite coach. Being a Coach allows you to sign, trade, and draft player while acquiring experience to upgrade your coaching abilities.

While creating a coach from scratch allows you to totally customize how your coach looks and performs, opting for a pre-existing allows you to inherit all his traits.

Selecting Team to Coach

While playing the CFM and assuming the role of a coach, it is generally a good idea to evolve your own team over the course of a couple of seasons. Whether you want to choose a team which can dominate in the first season or a team which is future proof, these are some viable options:

Kansas City Chiefs
With the addition of Alex Smith as the much-needed quarterback, KCC has come in strong this season. With a strong defence and quite a lot of LBs, KCC will certainly prove to be worthwhile.

Denver Broncos
With the return of quarterback Peyton Manning and bunch of raw talent, Broncos is easily the team to consider this season. One thing that you should keep in mind is to evolve Brock Osweller to take the position of Peyton Manning.

Seattle Seahawks
Having won the Super Bowl last season, Seattle Seahawks remain strong with quarterback Russell Wilson and halfback Marshawn Lynch. With a CFM overall of 90, it will sure emerge out as one of the top teams in this season.

Washington Redskins
With the inclusion of WR DeSean Jackson, Alfred Morris, and Robert Griffing III, Redskins are most certainly future-proof. The only department in which this team lags is the defensive side. Any coach who will put anything in the defensive department will take this team pretty higher.

Philadeplphia Eagles
With an overall CFM of 84, Philadeplphia Eagles have players like Darren Sproles, LeSean McCoy, and Nick Foles which make the team’s strong offensive squad. Anyone who wishes to take this team to the winning streak must focus on its defence.

Indianapolis Colts
Having an overall CFM of 82, Indianapolis Colts is another team with great potential with players like Trent Richardson.

There are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind; first off, try and look for a WR to have with T. Y. Hilton and strive to make better the defence of this team. Do so and you will good to go!

Tennesse Titans
This team has an overall CFM of 81; however you should make sure to develop the star player quarterback Jake Locker. Try and boost his confidence level and he will eventually come out strong.

In addition to Locker, Zach Mettenberger is another dark horse at Titans’ disposal. Anyone who is planning to rebuild this team should know that they already have a pretty strong defence and need more work done on the offensive side.

St. Louis Rams
With an overall CFM of 84, St. Louis Rams is pretty strong in the defensive side.

Players like quarterback Sam Bradford has raw talent which can be further boosted with some of the confidence. Other than Bradford, players like Tre Mason and Zac Stacy are already on their journey of becoming superstars.

Oakland Riders
With an overall CFM of 83, Oakland Riders has a combination of both youngsters and veteran players that has helped them in creating a strong line-up. Other than the offensive line-up, the team’s defensive line-up also contains a mixture of young players and seasoned veterans.

Miami Dolphins
Having an overall CFM of 84, this team has both a defensive and offensive line-up. Players like Mike Wallace can beat down any defender, hands down. As the coach, you’ll have to work on the quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s confidence.

Cleveland Browns
With a CFM of 83, this team has a pretty strong defensive line-up. With players like CB Joe Haden, you can expect to shake the offensive line-up of any team. Other than this, you need to give a boost to Johnny Manziel’s confidence. Furthermore, Manziel can also rely on the support from the newly-signed Ben Tate.

Arizona Cardinals
Having a massive overall CFM of 86, Cardinals have some really great players like CB Patrick Peterson. With already a strong offensive line-up, if you’re planning on taking this team, make sure to make better the defensive line-up to keep the other teams’ LBs at bay.

New York Giants
New York Giants has a pretty strong line-up in both offensive and defensive side. With some new players added to the rosters, players can expect a comeback in this season. They currently have a CFM Overall of 80.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Having an overall CFM of 84, Steelers have some amazing talent on the offensive side with QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown. On the defensive side of the ball, they have plenty of amazing LBs and the young Ryan Shazier.

Atlanta Falcons
Having an overall CFM of 81, you need to have quarterback Matt Ryan to keep the strong offensive line-up of the team intact. Furthermore, the team can come out in great form if the coach decides to bring back WR Julio Jones.

Be an Owner

Similar to two roles provided above, being an owner allows you to create a new owner or choose from a pre-existing one. Other than this, you’ll be able to rebuild your stadium, set your own prices for everything, and more.

All in all, this role is for people who don’t want to miss any aspect of the CFM.

Being an owner gives you the real taste of the true NFL experience. Whether you want to keep your fans happy or strictly stick to business, we have got it all in this section.

The finances tab is the area where you’ll receive full reports of spent/earned money and should be the main focus area for those who want to keep it strictly business. The finances tab is further divided into four categories:

Tickets and their prices is the backbone of your income so it is important that you take some time in managing these.

While you can raise the prices for quick revenue, it’ll not serve you well in the long-term business plans. This is where you should pay heed to your fans’ feedback and set things accordingly.

As a general rule of thumb, you should opt for cheaper tickets for the upper levels and try to fill them as soon as possible.

Merchandise is another thing that can generate your decent amount of revenues. A hardcore fan always looks for some official merchandise to show his affiliation to the team. However, if this merchandise is super-expensive, no one will buy it.

You need to set a decent price-point so that your fans don’t turn against you.

Concessions refer to edibles during the match and are divided across five distinctive levels with level five being only accessible to the team. Once again, pricing holds significant importance in this department which can be checked based on fans’ feedback.

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