Posted by samson75 on 2/27/2013 1:12:00 AM (view original):
Posted by martini35504 on 2/26/2013 2:24:00 PM (view original):I agree. THis would help. I can't speak for everyone, but navigating the new depth chart seems confusing to me. The differentiations in the old engine were clear as day. I like that players can play in more than one position, but if I can't figure out how to make it happen, or am turned off by the effort required, it is not really useful. This is not a complaint as much as feedback. I am sure it can be figured out, and has been by most players. However, if a small number of players can't navigate the coaching options who read these forums and have experience with the game, I imagine new players will be pretty baffled.
I would like OLB, ILB, DT, DE, and RB, FB differentiations.
I think it's just a matter of making the new settings more clear. You basically have everything you need to differentiate these positions with the Advanced settings which I expect people of any experience are going to use.
Don't be confused by the fact that you now have several depth charts for each position. Let's look at RBs. In 2.0, you had an RB and a FB depth chart, and if that's what you want to use, continue to use them in 3.0. They are still there. If you want to set the formation to mimic the old slot/depth charts, set the blocking RB in your default formation sets to use the FB depth chart. At that point, you have exactly what you had in 2.0 and now you just fill out your depth charts as you used to. The one change is that a player is not limited to one depth chart, which is a good thing if you've ever faced having your backup RBs also be your best choice for FB.
But that's not the whole story. For RB, you also had a setting for Third Down Back and Short Yardage Back. Those are actually depth charts with a limit of 1 player. In 3.0, to mimic this, use your RB Possession and RB Power depth charts. Then build a couple formations where you set the RB to pull from those depth charts and name them as such, like "I-Formation: Short Yardage" or "I-Formation: Power". in 2.0, when the Third Down Back and Short Yardage Back was used was fixed for certain situations. In 3.0, you decide which of those situations you use them for; just select those new formations that use those depth charts when setting up your playbook.
For new users, remember that they will only see the basic settings and will only know that there are depth charts for each position (natural position) which is why there is no split position roles at the Basic level. But this shouldn't be as confusing for them as it is for you, since they've never dealt with the old settings. The idea is that as they get comfortable with the settings and feel they need more, they move to Advanced settings and since it follows the same structure as they are used to with just more options, it shouldn't be as confusing for them. It's actually probably more confusing for you that have been used to the old settings, but I'm sure everything will work out with a little time.