chalvorson, I agree completely. If a coach wants his RBs to catch fewer passes, it is simply a matter of reducing/eliminating their percentage in FORMs, or adjusting play call PASS Routes in the Playbook.
This won't be popular, and will probably cause some backlash, but IMHO I think most coaches that complain about 3.0 could find a workaround for nearly all problems with a little more effort. Other than the VERY NOTICEABLE problems in PBP, playing time/subs, and a few other bugs which are listed in the forums ad nauseum, this engine IS functioning and WILL get better with some more POSITIVE input from coaches AND more ATTENTION given to those coaches by the Developers.
I think all the new options for setting variables offer endless possibilities for customizing any possible style of OFF, and with the use of custom positional roles and finely adjusted ratios, we should be able to have our DEF do our bidding much more accurately than any real human coach can ever expect. But it will take work!!
I think that some coaches that have had good/great success in the past doing things a certain way may need to adjust or change the way they do things now. Some skill sets for players will need to be tweaked, aggresiveness settings may not necessarily produce the same results they used to, MAYBE coaches will have to adjust their philosophy with the times or risk losing touch with the modern players & the way the game is played today. Back in my high school days, full contact two-a-days in the hot summer sun with only a garden hose to drink out of was the norm. Now that would probalby be considered child abuse or bullying and even the millionaires in the NFL aren't willing to work that hard for success. Yet successful coaches still find a way to be relevant while those that aren't able to change go the way of the single-wing.
Full disclosure, I have been playing this game for about 9 months now, and have found moderate success with all of my teams-conf champs, but still can't make it past regional finals of playoffs, dammit!! I did play all 8 (I think there were 8) seasons of the BETA, again with moderate success. I wish I had more time to spend on my teams to have everything perform exactly the way I envision, but like most of you (i assume), the real world still takes priority over my false dreams of grandeur, so I take what enjoyment I can from the game and hope to improve as the seasons go by. Some day I hope to have that SHINY IMAGINARY TROPHY on my imaginary mantle too!!
My point being, other than needing MORE COMMUNICATION PLEASE to weed out the bugs, this game is still alot of fun for most of us. Let's all work to make it better in a positive manner and together we will make it even better than the "Good Old Days" of GD 1.0 or 2.0.
OK vets, you may now destroy me on & off the field. It will probably go something like this:
But I will be back to knock heads with you again!!
NOW STRAP THOSE CHINSTRAPS UP MEN! IT'S TIME TO SEE WHO HAS THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO SEE THIS GAME THROUGH!! WHO'S COMING WITH ME??