Connected Career is one of the most intriguing features in this year’s installment of the Madden series. This mode lets you play whatever role you want in the NFL season, whether it be a role of team coach or a new upcoming rookie.
The best factor about this new feature is the control it gives you. You can change or manage your team from virtually anything, including console, internet, and/or ever mobile phone at anytime possible.
This guide is designed to help you give useful insights into the coaching department of the game as well as player’s life in the NFL.
Connection Careers – Getting Started
When you start a Connected Career mode, the game will prompt you to choose whether to play as a coach or a player. Both of these choices will need to be backed up by a “back-story”.
Now these back stories give your coach or player certain benefits in certain areas so choose them wisely and according to the style, you want to play.
Below is the list of the back-stories available to the coaches and the players:
Motivator(Coach): Being a motivator will also give you a 25% discount on packages that increase a free agent’s interest in signing with your team as well as 25% off packages to decrease the odds of a player retiring.
Strategist(Coach): Being a strategist will give you a 25% discount on XP boost packages, the Coach XP package, discount packages, which reduce the XP cost for your players, and the Predictability Package.
Team Builder(Coach): Being a team builder will give you a 25% discount in packages that increase the interest of a player re-signing with you, the Expert Scout Package, and Trade Influence Package.
High Draft(Player): Choosing this backstory option will give you the shortest way to make it into the starting lineup and play for your team instantly.
Low draft(Player): You’ll have mediocre ratings and will have to really excel in practice and in the preseason just to earn a few snaps in your first year.
Undrafted(Player): Your ratings will be much lower than the other back-stories, and you’ll have to scratch and claw for every piece of XP you can get.
Connection Careers – Play As A Coach
The coach has many aspects to his duty:
Spending XP: Mainly use your XP to buy yourself Scouting upgrades. This will help you find cheaper yet better players for your team. Second use your XP to enhance your Quarterback position so your star player earns more XP points from a single game.
Do not spend much on the retirement packages for any positions. If your player retires you can easily fill the void he left from the free-agent market. Furthermore, remember the defensive upgrade are hugely underpowered in this game so might as well not spend XP on it.
Remember that you can spend the points of every player according to your desire. Just deal with star players of your team for yourself and let the AI do the rest for you.
Resigning Players: Make sure the first offer you make to the player is just too good to refuse unless he will be off to the free-agent market to find a new team for himself.
Bidding Free Agents: When bidding for free agents keep in mind the desired salary they are looking for. Instead of paying them their required salary per year for 8 million give them 5 million per year as base salary with 2 million as a signing bonus per annum.
Thus if a player looking for a five year contract worth 8 million per annum making it a 40 million deal will genuinely be interested in your deal, which grants him 35 million after five years.
Signing bonus allows you a way to give the player the money he wants while also creating salary cap room for your team. My negotiations screen allows you to keep tabs on your contract negotiations. It tells you the status of your buying and selling.
Contracts: Keep in mind when you sell off a player his base salary is transferred to his new team. However, his signing bonus you still have to pay. Basically, this is dead money. You cannot use this money for any other purposes. So keep this in mind when thinking about selling one of your players.
Retirements: Players can retire on any point during the course of the off-season. So keep an eye on the newsroom to keep up-to-date with all the retirements so a player does not leave you hanging on the final day of the season.
Scouting Players: Scout what players you want beforehand and not when the draft opens up. Scouting beforehand lets you keep tabs on the players who will be available later to replace any weak players in your team.
The best suggestion to give you will be; after the first week of the regular season, if you go to the More menu at the top of your screen, and then drill down into the following menus: Strategy & Team Needs.
From here you can highlight any position to see a list of what round and position within that round potential draft picks are expected to go.
These are listed in a general order of which draft pick is better than who, but you can find the actual overall rating of some of the players, player type, and the scheme, they best fit into.
By doing this you will know that a lower round draft pick is actually better than a higher round draft pick. Furthermore, scouting players before the draft lets you know which players you have a genuine chance of landing keeping in mind your draft positions.
Draft: First of all, know your draft position so you know when you are going to pick.
Constantly use the pause button to make the draft clock stop so you can look around your draft board in peace. Pause button is particularly helpful when you are lining up trades.
Don’t just ignore the lower round players. Occasionally, you may find a gem of a player whose deal fell through due to specific reasons.
Do this all as a coach and you will be able to achieve or even surpass your season goals. Not only will you be awarded with a contract extension but also given huge XP bonus as a reward. Fail to meet the season goals, and you will be FIRED!
Connected Careers – Playing as Player
Different teams have different requirements when it comes to their players. Below we have compiled a comprehensive list of where you can expect some first team action and on which positions.
Arizona Cardinals: Arizona requires a Field General QB also if you are balanced T.E or a s 3-4 Tackling MLB you can expect to see some day one action.
Atlanta Falcons: Receiving TE or a Pocket Passing QB are vacancies waiting to be filled in the Atlanta Falcons team. Furthermore, the defense can use players in the balanced MLB or Balanced SS departments.
Baltimore ravens: If you are a possession WR or a balanced TE, you will be welcomed into the team with open arms. Furthermore, they are looking for a man-to-man CB.
Buffalo Bills: A Field General QB can jump right in the first team as well as Running WR or Balanced TE.
Carolina Panthers: A Balanced FS can start straight away, or you can pitch in your contributions as a Route Running WR.
Chicago Bears: Only a Run Supporting FS, Receiving TE or a SS on defense can expect some first-team action in this team.
Cincinnati Bengals: The bengals are craving for a Field General QB or a WR. Furthermore, some on the supporting SS position is also required.
Cleveland Browns: QB position in this team is up for grabs as well as a Red zone threat WR too.
Dallas Cowboys: You can make an entry in this team as a Balanced FS or Prototype SS. Speed WR is also available.
Denver Broncos: A balanced WR or a Receiving TE can expect to see much playing time in this team.
Detroit Lions: A speed HB or red-zone threat WR and balanced CB, Run Supporting SS can expect to see first-team action right away.
Green bay Packers: This team desperately needs a Running Back, Play-making FS and a Balanced SS.
Houston Texans: The Texans could use the red-zone threat WR or balanced SS.
Indianapolis Colts: They are virtually wide open in every position for any player to jump in.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguar’s are perfect home for Field General QB Balanced WR Balanced FS or a Play-making FS.
Kansas City Chiefs: This team can use a Field General QB Receiving TE or Run Supporting FS.
Miami Dolphins: A Balanced WR or Receiving TE would get ample playing time from day 1 in this team.
Minnesota Vikings: Instant playing time for a west coast QB and a Receiving TE as well as a cover two middle line breaker.
New England Patriots: The defense of this team is in dire need of a Balanced FS and Man to Man CB.
New Orleans Saints: You can get on Field as Run Supporting CB in this team right away.
New York Giants: If you want to crack this team’s starting lineup play as a Receiving TE. A balanced MLB is also welcome.
New York Jets: There is still some room for a balanced QB and a route running WR on this team.
Oakland Raiders: Raiders crave speed so Speed WR is the way to go in this team if you want to start right away in the first team.
Philadelphia Eagles: Defense is the only option in this team with a Balanced SS or a prototype OLB.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The best choice for you would be a Balanced TE in this team.
San Diego Chargers: Red zone threat WR and Run Supporting SS are up for grabs in this team.
San Francisco 49ers: West Coast QB is your best bet to break into this team.
Seattle Seahawks: Field General QB Possession WR and Balanced OLB would be welcomed in this team.
St. Louis Rams: The Rams would love themselves a Balanced QB, and they also need a balanced OLB along with a man-to-man CB.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They require a Balanced HB or a TE also they are desperate for a cover 2 MLB in the defense department.
Tennessee Titans: A strong-arm QB would step into this team right away.
Washington Redskins: This team’s defense craves for a prototype FS and a supporting SS.
If you have any pointers or insights on how to play this game more effectively, then, please share them in the comments’ section below.