Madden 23 Best Defense Playbooks to Play

You will be spending a lot of time on choosing your offensive and defensive playbooks in Madden NFL 23.

Just like the previous installments in the franchise, there are several factors that need to be considered when finalizing a playbook. The following guide will hence help you out in choosin the best defensive playbook in Madden 23.

What is the best defense playbook in Madden 23?

The best defense playbook in Madden 23 will depend on your needs and which playbook you are confident with. We have mentioned some of the best defense playbooks below for you to choose from in Madden 23

Alternate 46

Alternate 46 is a defensive playbook that is best against the pass. It has a lot of options for the 3-3-5 formations which include the 3-3 and the 3-3 Cub and Big Nickel.

Note that 3-3 Cub is the 3-3-5 wide formation from Madden NFL 22 which gives you a lot of speed at linebackers.

Alternate 46 is the most customizable defensive playbook in Madden NFL 23 and provides the most balanced solution on defense. Alternate 46 can also be subbed in for your team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers is really good for a defensive line. If you choose this playbook and the Nickel Formation, stopping heavy passers will become relatively easier.

You’re not picking this playbook for just your base defense, instead you need to go for the Nickel Formation which includes the 3-3 Cub, 2-4 DBL Mug, and 2-4-5 Odd. Among these, the 2-4 DBL Mug is most recommended to use against heavy passers.

Chicago Bears

Chicago Beards playbook is a defensive playbook that is strong against the run.

Chicago Bears playbook has various formations from which you can choose, such as the 3-3-5 formations (Wide and Will), 1-4-6 Dime, and 6-1 Even. This playbook has overall balanced formations but is the best playbook for defending against the run.

New England Patriots

New England Patriots are one of the best overall teams when it comes to playbooks. It has both 3-4 and 4-3 and has both formations for both. Especially the 4-3 Even 6-1 formation is really viable especially since quarterbacks can’t get rid of the ball quickly, so using the 4-3 Even 6-1 formation is really good to better your defenses.

The Patriots also come with Nickel and Dime formations which can be a really good addition to your defensive roster.

Las Vegas Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders is a defensive playbook that has a little bit of everything. You have 3-4 Odd, 3-4 Bear, 3-4 Cub, 4-3 Even 6-1.

This playbook includes all the good base defenses you need. This playbook even includes Big Nickel Over G, Nickel 2-4, Nickel 2-4 DBL Mug, Nickel 3-3 Odd, and Cub.

This makes all of your Nickel pretty much usable. In this playbook all of your Bases are usable and all of your Nickels are usable this is what makes this playbook one of the best in the game.

How to Make a Custom Defensive Playbook

To begin creating your own playbook, you need to click on the NFL logo on your game’s main screen. It’s a small logo on the right of the screen. When you click on the NFL logo, there will be certain options pop up. Choose playbooks.

Now that you have clicked on playbooks, a variety of playbooks will be showing up. There will be offensive playbooks as well as defensive playbooks. You can press R1 and L1 on your PS4 controller to switch through different playbooks.

If you want to create an Defensive playbook, go to Create Def and then choose a playbook.

Now that you have chosen a playbook, go to My Playbook. There will be many formations and plays. You need to delete all of them by going on each formation and pressing the triangle and then clicking on ‘remove’. There are certain formations that cannot be deleted unless you have added a substitute formation for them.

After you have removed all of the plays except some which cannot be removed, go to All Plays. In All Plays, you add the formation of your choice. So browse around and see if you like any formation and play to add to your playbook.

Now after you are done adding plays from All Plays, go to the Audibles. In Audibles, you set the buttons for your game. Like which button would be for a mid-ranged pass and which for which.

Now that you have made all the settings, just press the ‘option’ button on your controller to save the playbook. You will have to set a name for your Madden 23 custom playbook. After setting the name and saving the playbook, there you go! Your customized playbook is ready.

How to Play Only Defense

If you want to play only defense, you can select Play Now, and a new window will pop up. Then, choose the type of game and desired team, location, etc.

After that, click Advance to Game, and when the pre-game animations end and the game start, pause it. Now scrolls down and find the Super Sim option, and hit Y.

Here you will find the Custom Play Options. Select Play All Defense and head back to the Super Sim to simulate the part where your team was not in Defensive mode.

After a while, you will see New Moment Detected. Now select the Play Moment to enjoy the game in Defense mode.

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