COMPUTER GAME RULES

Red=Changes since release of Version 2 Football game

Blue = Clarifications as of Version 3.02

Purple = Rule changes for Version 4

Green = Safeties “free kick” rule change for Version 4.02

Pink = Changes for Version 5

Black on Yellow = Changes for Version 6

Black on Red = Changes for Version 6.02

Black on Blue = Changes for Version 7

Black on Green = Changes for Version 8

Black on Purple = Changes for Version 9

Black on Gray = Changes for Version 10

Blue on Yellow for Version 11

 

The computer game will be based upon the Super-Advanced version of the game as modified here.  The Basic, Advanced and Super-Fanatical versions of the board game will not be supported.   The Super-Advanced Pass Rush rule will be used.  Penalties and injuries will be optional.  What follows is a complete set of rules to be used by the computer game. This set of rules encompasses all rules previously found in the rule booklet and on the roster sheets, as well as the newly introduced rules.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

You have in your possession a football game with all the features of Professional Football. Professional players will perform for you according to their records and your coaching decisions.

 

All rules of football apply. Each coach selects his team. Place the team specialist card and starting quarterback on the positions marked on the playing board. Punch out football, first down marker and discs found on two perforated sheets. Select one man for each of the additional following positions for your starting lineup: tight end, flanker, split end, halfback and fullback. When on offense, hold these 5 cards in your hand (use them as a shield for your play selector) releasing one card to the position marked running back or intended receiver, on the playing board. This designated card will be the running back or intended pass receiver for that play. The remaining players should be set apart from your starting lineup to be used as substitutes. In selecting your players, you may refer to their records at the bottom of each card for helpful advice. To qualify for a position, a player must have the position stated on his card (found in top right-hand corner of his card). Place to one side your advanced defensive cards and advanced play selector. You will note that there are two sets of squares (that must be punched out) containing numbers and positions on both sides. Each player should take one set of squares and match them up against his team's defensive ratings (found on offensive and defensive rating card). For example, if the defensive card lists your starting middle linebacker as a 5, place the square with a value of 5 and stated position of middle linebacker on the field. Place the appropriate squares or defensive players in the appropriate positions as explained in the defensive formation instructions (3-4 Defense, 4-3 Defense, etc.)  Note: the Defensive Formation Chart contains a complete list of these placements.

 


GAME PARTS

The following game part descriptions will be helpful in reading the instructions:

 

·         X-CHART – A chart that is delivered with the board game.  This is a 2-sided chart that contains the following charts to be used with the Computer Game Rules: Short Gain chart, Super Advanced Pass Rush Chart, Injury Chart and the Fumble Chart.  The X-Chart also contains charts that are not used with the Computer Game Rules since replacement charts are supplied: Long Gains, Interception Returns, Penalty, Number of games injured and Onside Kickoff charts.

·         SPECIALIST CARD - contains results for punting, kickoff, extra points, field goals, penalties, punt returns and kickoff returns. Each team has one two-sided (information on both sides of the card) specialist card.

·         OFFENSIVE PLAYER CARDS - each team is represented by a series of 11 cards for the following positions: quarterback, halfback, fullback, tight end, split end, and flanker. Some of these cards are two-sided (information on both sides of the card).

·         ADVANCED DEFENSIVE CARD - contains results of plays yielded by the team's defense. Each team has three advanced defensive cards.

·         ADVANCE PLAY SELECTOR - enables you to indicate your offensive and defensive play selections. Each game contains two play selectors.

·         DEFENSIVE PLAYER SQUARES - are the two-sided perforated squares. They are used to indicate both the positioning and the quality value of each team's defensive players. Two sets of squares are included with each game.

·         ADVANCED OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE RATING CARD - contains the quality value ratings for each team's offensive and defensive players. Each offensive lineman or back's run block and pass block ratings are denoted on this card. Also, each defensive lineman and linebacker's ratings against the run and pass rush are denoted and each defensive back's defense rating is listed. Each team has one two-sided advanced offensive and defensive rating card.

·         SPECIAL BLACK DIE - rolled at the beginning of each play (kick, pass or run). The black die determines penalty and pass rush situations. The black die is not rolled with any additional dice rolls generated from the initial roll (except to determine Receiver fumbles and QB Sack fumbles).

 

 


HOW TO PLAY

 

UPDATE YOUR ADVANCE PLAY SELECTOR

Before beginning play with the computer game rules you will need to make the following changes to the advance play selector:

·         Add  “Draw Play HB” and “Draw Play FB” circles under the “PASS RECEIVER OR RUNNER” area of your Advanced Play Selector. 

·         Add  “Kick” and “Fake” circles underneath the Look-In Pass and Flat Pass circles of your Advanced Play Selector. 

 

KICKOFF

Toss a coin to determine who kicks off and who receives. To kickoff, select your team's specialist card, roll two dice only, and read the results underneath the kickoff portion. The number following the result indicates which opposing back has received the kickoff.

 

KICKOFF RETURN

The opposing coach receiving the kickoff selects his team's specialist card and rolls 3 dice when returning a kickoff.  Use the total of the red dice to read the results underneath kickoff returns for the proper receiving back.  Normally you will not need the white die.  However, if a fumble or TD reading occurs you will use it.  If a fumble reading occurs then check the white die.  If it is a 1, 2 or 3 then accept the fumble reading.  However, if it is a 4, 5 or 6 then ignore the fumble reading.  If a TD reading occurs and the white die is 1 through 5 then accept the touchdown.  However, if it is a 6 then roll on the Variable Long Gain chart for the play result.  Kickoffs caught behind or on the goal line may be runback or brought out to the 20-yard line -- the offensive coach must declare his intention before rolling dice for runback results.

 

ONSIDE KICKOFF

When a team decides to try an onside kick use the new Onside Kickoff chart found in these computer rules, instead of the one found on the original X-CHART.  Refer to onside kickoff chart in the same fashion as kickoffs (as discussed before).  The chart tells you how many yards the ball has traveled and which team has gained possession of the ball. No runback occurs. To attempt an onside kickoff, the offensive coach simply declares his intention. The kicking team is considered to be the defense.

 

SQUIB KICKOFF

When a team decides to try a squib kickoff follow all normal kickoff rules with these adjustments to the card readings:

 

ADJUSTMENTS TO THE “KICKOFF CARD” RESULTS

·          Add 20 yard to the stated yard line.  For example, if the kickoff card says the ball is kicked to the 5-yard line it would go to the 25-yard line instead.

·          If the original says “Touchback” then the ball goes to the 10-yard line instead.

 

ADJUSTMENTS TO THE “KICKOFF RETURN” AND “REFER TO OPPONENTS” RESULTS

·         Use the card of the designated kickoff returner for purposes of determining results, but understand that the kickoff return is actually made by an up-back so do not add the results of the kickoff return to the returner’s game statistics.

·         Subtract 15 yards from the return yardage shown in the result.  No resulting yardage may be less than 0 yards nor more than 30 yards.

·         If the return is shown as “Touchdown” then use the Long Gain chart to determine the outcome of the play instead.

 

PLAY CALLING SEQUENCE

Each coach should have in his possession an advanced play selector. Use little circular discs (found on perforated sheets) to mark selections, and then reveal your respective choices as described below. The defense calls his play.  Here is the sequence of play:

·         Offense selects formation & subs and optionally announces he is in the “shot gun”.  See the Offensive Formations chart.  The offense can also choose to punt or kick a field goal at this point.

·         Defense selects formation & subs, and optionally announces that he is “showing blitz”.  See the Defensive Formations chart in Attachment A.  NOTE: Prevent & short yardage defenses are not selected at this point.  For example, instead of selecting “Sht Yd 3-4” the coach would select the “3-4”.

·         Offense can call a timeout before selecting play – they may want to depending upon the formation selected by the defense.  If a timeout is called by either team then restart the play sequence from the beginning. 

·         Offense selects play (hidden from opponent).  Select one of the plays on the advance play selector and also designate the ball carrier or intended receiver.  If the offense is punting or attempting a field goal they must select “Kick” or “Fake” at this point.

·         Defense selects his play – Pass or Run (Defense can call a timeout before selecting play). Short Yardage or Prevent defense can be selected at this point.  The defense then adjusts his formation manually on the field (remember, when you move a defensive player, you strengthen one zone, but weaken another).   Double-teaming and Keying can be selected as well.  If the offense is punting or attempting a field goal the defense must announce if it is going to try for a block at this point.


OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER'S RATINGS

The offensive and defensive players' numerical values (found on both sides of offensive and defensive rating card) come into play in the following on certain readings found on the advance defense cards.  For example, on a running play the reading “OFFENSIVE C +7 or +3” is found on the defensive card.  Refer to the offensive center's run block rating, found on the Advanced Offensive and Defensive rating card to the right of his name. If the rating is equal or better than the white die's reading, the offense has run for 7 yards. If the offensive center's rating is less than the white die's reading, the offense has gained only three yards. For this example, let us assume the run block rating of the offensive center is 5 and the white die rolled is a 4.  Since the rating is greater than the white die's reading of 4, it is a 7-yard gain. The same procedure is applied to defensive player ratings. For example, say the reading “DEFENSIVE LEFT TACKLE +1 or +6” is rolled and the white die is a 5.  You must determine whether the left tackle stopped the play. If his defense number (number to the right of his position found on defensive rating card) is less than 5, a six-yard gain results. However, if his defense number is five or better, the play gains one yard. It is to be noted that the greater the ability ratings of the offensive player, the more yardage gained; whereas the greater the ability of the defensive player, the less yardage gained. You may also determine the correct amount of yardage by always accepting the first yardage figure for either an offensive or defensive player if the player's ability number is equal or better than the white die's number. If the rating of an offensive onside tackle, guard, or end is needed, use the player's rating on the side the play has been directed. For example, if you call a run around right end and the reading is onside tackle, refer to your right tackle's rating.

 

In throwing a short pass, a quotation similar to the following may occur, DEFENDER: X or +15. To determine the identity of the defender covering the play, refer to the top right-hand corner of the intended receiver's card. Let us say that the short pass was intended for the tight end, and the white die's reading was 4. To determine the defender covering the play, refer to the tight end's card. The defender is the strong safety. If the strong safety's rating is 4 or better, the pass is incomplete; if his rating is less than 4, the pass is completed for 15 yards. In all of the above situations, the white die determines the required ability rating needed. Any readings of linebacker in zone or defensive back in zone would follow the same procedure for determining play results.  NOTE: Refer to the Offensive Formation chart for further details regarding coverage responsibilities.

 

GREAT PLAYER IMPACT RULE

Some players are so great that they can impact a game far above other players.  This optional rule takes that factor into account.  Whenever a player's rating is needed to determine the outcome of a play from the Team Defense card refer to this rule if that player is rated a "6".  Roll 1 die and refer to the following rules:

 

"6" rated Defense Rating vs. a Run:  if the additional die is a "6" then the great defensive player forces a fumble!

 

"6" rated Defense Rating vs. a Pass: if the additional die is a "6" then the great defensive player intercepts the pass!

 

"6" rated Offense Block Rating: if the additional die is a "6" then the great offensive block rating results in a Short Gain by the offense!

 

Note: If a player’s rating is modified due to a formation change then use his original rating for purposes of this rule.  If a player’s rating is modified based upon any other game rule (for example, he is injured) then use his modified rating.

 

RUNNING PLAY CALLED BY THE OFFENSE

There are three basic running plays: linebuck, off tackle and end run. To find the result of a run, the offensive coach rolls THREE dice, reading THE WHITE DIE SEPARATELY FROM THE COLORED DICE TOTAL. IF THE WHITE DIE YIELDS a 1, 2, or 3 value, you would look at the offensive back involved in the play. IF THE WHITE DIE'S NUMBER IS 4, 5, or 6, YOU LOOK AT THE DEFENSIVE CARD OF THE TEAM PRESENTLY PLAYING DEFENSE, referring to that section of the card that indicates the selected offensive play.  The colored dice total refers to the series of numbers (2-12) located within each column for either the offensive player or team defensive card. As an example, let us say the offense called for an End Run, the defense guessed pass, and a white 3 and a colored dice total of 4 is rolled.  You would look at the running back's card underneath END RUN-RIGHT (since the defense correctly called a run).  You would refer to number 4 (colored dice total) for the result (example: a +4 would indicate a four-yard gain). If the defensive coach had guessed a pass instead of a run, the play would have been guessed wrong, and you would look at END RUN-WRONG column for the result.   Under the same circumstances, if the dice roll yielded a white 5 and a colored dice total of 6, the defensive coach would refer to his team defensive card under END RUN number 6 for the play result.  Please note that on the defensive card, it makes no difference whether the play was called right or wrong.

 


PASS PLAY CALLED BY THE OFFENSE

There are three basic types of passes: flat pass (this includes look-in passes), short pass, and long pass. Let us say that the offensive coach calls a flat pass to his tight end and the defense guessed a run. THE PLAY HAS BEEN GUESSED WRONG. The dice roll yields a white 2 and colored dice total of 5. The offensive player refers to the quarter-back's card underneath FLAT PASS WRONG to the number 5.  Say the result is a +8, this is a completed pass for eight yards. If the defensive coach had guessed a pass, the offensive coach would look at FLAT PASS RIGHT.   Let us say there is nothing printed in the proper space, this indicates that the pass is incomplete. If the white die's number is 4, 5, or 6, you look at the defensive card of the team presently playing defense referring to that section of the card that indicates the selected play. If the dice had revealed a white 4, and a colored dice total of 6, the defensive coach would refer to his defensive card underneath FLAT PASS to number 6 to find the result of the play.  In all passing situations where the white die is 1,2, or 3, always refer first to the quarterback's card, not the intended receiver. Only look at the receiver's card if the results of the quarterback's card, or the defensive card state the word RECEIVER. In this case you would then refer to the intended receiver's card. The offensive player would roll the dice, and look under FLAT PASS-RIGHT of the receiver's card for the final result.

 

LOOK-IN PASSES

When throwing a look-in pass refer to FLAT PASS for results. As a look-in pass must gain yardage, all look-in pass results of 0 or minus yardage are considered incomplete.

 

RECEIVER READING

When the reading RECEIVER comes up, roll all 4 dice and using the total of the red dice refer to the appropriate column on the intended receiver’s card to see if the pass is completed.  If it is completed and the black die reading is X, a fumble may occur (normally an X indicates a penalty when using the optional penalty system, however a penalty can only occur on the first roll, not on the roll when you refer to the receiver’s card).  Refer to the rolled white die number to see if a fumble has occurred.  You would look at Receiver and QB Fumble rating found at the bottom of the Offensive Team Rating card and adjust it according to the TEAM REC/QB FUMBLE RATINGS ADJUSTMENT CHART.  For example, if a team has a fumble rating of 1-3 then referring to the chart you would see that you should use 1-2 when checking for a receiver fumble.  Using this example say that a white die reading of 2 occurs, the receiver has fumbled.  A white die number of 3, 4, 5 or 6 would not yield a fumble.  If a fumble occurs, follow the fumble procedures outlined below.


OTHER READINGS THAT ARE FOUND ON PLAYER AND DEFENSIVE CARDS

·         Must Run -roll two dice and refer to quarterback's must run section (found on reverse side of his passing card).

·         Short Gains -roll two dice, and refer to short gain section of X Chart.

·         Long Gains - Ignore the Long Gain chart found on the X Chart.  When a Long Gain occurs roll three dice and refer to the Variable Long Gain Chart.  There are three lines within each box of the grid.  Use the first line for the visiting team and the third line for the home team.  If the game is being played on a neutral field (as is usually the case in the Super Bowl), or if you do not wish to use home field advantage rules, then use the middle line.  Example: The home team gets a long gain reading and rolls a white 6 and a total of 10 on the red dice.  6-10 for a home team is a 71-yard gain.

·         Split Numbers - always roll two dice in split number situations. An example can be found on most running back cards under END RUN RIGHT, number 5.   Say, for example, the reading on the card was F+1, 2-9  +1, 10-12.  If the dice roll falls between 2 and 9 there is a fumble (F) with a one-yard gain. If the dice roll falls between 10 and 12, there is ONLY a one-yard gain. Most fumbles and interceptions occur in split number situations.

·         DOUBLE READING - on most running back cards there are some readings in parentheses.   Ignore the results in parenthesis as these relate strictly to the elementary version of the game.

·         X - Incomplete pass (also is a blank space on player or defensive card).

·         F - Abbreviation for Fumble. In most fumble situations, it will be necessary to roll the dice twice: the first roll determines if a fumble has occurred (split number situation); the second roll indicates which team recovered the fumble.

·         Int - Abbreviation for Interception.  In most interception situations, the dice must be rolled twice; the first roll determines if an interception has occurred (split number situation); the second roll determines the interception return.

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS

When an interception occurs, roll two dice, and refer to the INTERCEPTION RETURN CHART for runback of interception.  Alternatively, the defense can decide not to try an interception return and accept possession of the ball at the point of the interception (this eliminates the possibility of a fumble). The figure following the word "intercepted" indicates the number of yards from the scrimmage line that the interception occurred. For example, "intercepted +13" would mean that the pass was intercepted 13 yards from the scrimmage line and the runback would therefore take effect 13 yards from the scrimmage line.  NOTE: Certain readings result in a TD for flat passes only – these TDs do not apply to look-in passes. 

 

If you wish to determine who recorded the interception another dice roll is necessary.  Roll 2 dice and refer to the Interception Determination Chart to see which defensive player has intercepted the ball.  In cases where the highest rating determines who recovers the ball randomly choose between players who are tied.  If a player who is not in the game is listed, or no defender qualifies, then roll 1 die and credit the following with the interception: 1:lcb 2:rcb 3-4:ss 5-6:fs. 

 

FUMBLES

Once a fumble has occurred, roll two dice to see which team has possession of the football.  If the dice roll is a 2 to 6, 11 or 12 then the team that lost possession of the ball recovers its own fumble, if it is a 7 to 10 the opposing team recovers the fumble.  If you wish to determine which player recovered the fumble another dice roll is necessary.  Roll 2 dice and refer to the appropriate Fumble Recover Chart to see which player has made the recovery.  After recovering the ball the player can attempt to advance the ball – see the Advancing Loose Ball Chart.  In cases where the highest rating determines who recovers the ball randomly choose between players who are tied.  If a player who is not in the game is listed, or no defender qualifies, then roll the dice again.  For fumbles that occur on kickoff and punt returns, if the offense recovers credit the returner with the fumble recovery.  If the defense recovers then randomly choose between all players rated “Linebacker” or “Defense Back”.

 


ADVANCING LOOSE BALLS

Whenever a loose ball is recovered (after fumbles or blocked kicks) the team that recovers has the option to either fall on the ball or to try to advance it.  If you wish to try to advance then roll 2 dice and refer to the Advancing Loose Balls Chart.  NOTE ON FUMBLES RECOVERED BY THE OFFENSE: On fourth down, during last two minutes of either half, or when attempting a 2-point conversion, the ball may be advanced only by the fumbling player.  If another offensive player recovers in any of these situations the ball may not be advanced.

 

PUNTS

Refer to punting section of the specialist card in the same fashion as kickoffs (as discussed before). To punt, the offensive coach announces that he will punt.  On the play selector the choice is made to either punt or fake the punt.  The defense then announces if it will put try to block the punt or not.  If the defense does not attempt to block the punt then ignore all running into the punter and roughing the punter penalties. If the defense attempts to block it then roll three dice when punting (otherwise roll 2 dice).  If the white die is a 1 and the red dice total 12 then the punt is blocked, disregard the reading found on the card.  In addition, other blocked punts occur on some punter’s cards.  Note: a punt cannot be blocked unless the defense has tried for the block (if a block occurs on the card ignore it and re-roll the dice).  Whenever a punt is blocked it must be recovered.  Use the Blocked Kick chart to determine which team recovers the ball.  The team that recovers can attempt to advance the ball – see the Advancing Loose Ball Chart.  If the offense attempts a fake then refer to the Fake Punt/Kick Chart instead of the punter’s card for the play result.  In addition, if a penalty occurs on a fake use the section relative to the play (Run or Pass).

 

COFFIN CORNER PUNT

Follow the above punting procedures but before rolling the dice announce this is a coffin corner punt.  After rolling for the punt and determining the initial punt distance roll all 4 dice.  Add the white die together with the two red dice and subtract this distance from the punt giving the adjusted punt distance.  If the black die is an X then the punt stays in-bounds and it may be returned. If the black die is a blank or a “D” then the punt goes out-of-bounds.  If the adjusted punt distance reaches the goal line, or it goes out of bounds past the goal line, then a touchback occurs (no return is possible).  EXAMPLE: Say the ball is on the defensive 35-yard line and a coffin corner punt is attempted.  The initial roll indicates a punt of 43 yards to the #1 Back.  Do not attempt a punt return yet.  Instead, roll all 4 dice.  Let’s say a black “D” was rolled along with a white three and two red sixes.  3+6+6 = 15 (this is the yardage to subtract from the initial punt distance).  43-15 = 28.  Therefore, this is a 28-yard punt that goes out of bounds on the 7-yard line.  Had the black die been an “X” then the ball would not have gone out of bounds and the number one punt returner could have elected to try and return it.

 

PUNT RETURNS

Refer to the PUNT RETURN section of the specialist card in the same fashion as KICKOFF RETURNS (as discussed before).  A coach can decide if he wants his punt returner to attempt to return the punt or let it bounce.  If he decides to try to return it, then roll all 3 dice when referring to the punt return column.  If a 1 is rolled on the white die then the punt bounces and cannot be returned.  In that case, and in the case where the coach has decided not to attempt a return, roll 2 dice and refer to the Punt Bounce chart to determine what happens to the ball after it bounces.  Note: A punt that bounces off a member of the receiving team and is recovered by the kicking team cannot be advanced.

 


EXTRA POINTS and FIELDGOALS

Refer to the proper section of the specialist card. To determine whether a field goal is successful consult that portion of field goal chart that coincides with your scrimmage line. If you are keeping statistical records, record field goal attempts 17 yards behind the scrimmage line, though you are referring to the scrimmage line for results. 

 

You cannot attempt a field goal which is greater than 63 yards long.  You can attempt a field goal that is longer than the listed range on the place kicker’s card, as long as it is not longer than 63 yards.  This “desperation” type of kick is considered good if the red dice total 2.

 

All field goals attempted and missed from beyond the 20-yard line will result in the defensive team taking possession of the ball at the spot of the kick which is 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage (NOTE: Prior to the 1994 season the ball would be spotted at the line of scrimmage, and prior to the 1974 season the ball would be spotted at the opponent’s 20 yard-line).  On any field goal attempted and missed where the spot of the kick is on or inside the 20-yard line, ball will revert to defensive team at the 20-yard line.  

 

Starting with the 1994 season the offense can opt to go for a 2 point conversion instead from the 2 yard-line (pass or run) instead of trying to kick an extra point.

 

The sequence for kicks is as follows:  The offense announces that it will kick a field goal or point-after.  On the play selector the choice is made to either kick it or to fake it.  The defense then announces if it will put try to block the kick or not.  If the defense does not attempt to block the kick then ignore all running into the kicker and roughing the kicker penalties. If the defense attempts to block it then roll three dice when trying for the field goal or PAT (otherwise roll 2 dice).  If the white die is a 1 and the red dice total 12 then the kick is blocked, regardless of whether or not it would have been good.  Otherwise, refer to the two red dice to determine if the kick was good.  If the defense attempts to block the kick then all rolls of 12 that are listed as “no good” are considered to have been blocked by the defense.  (CLARIFICATION: If the red dice total is 12 and the kick is listed as “good” then the kick is not blocked unless a 1 has been rolled on the white die).  Note: a kick cannot be blocked unless the defense has tried for the block.  If a PAT is blocked then play is whistled dead.  If a field goal attempt is blocked roll the 2 dice again and refer to the Blocked Kick Chart.  If the defense recovers they can attempt to advance the ball – see the Advancing Loose Ball Chart.  If the offense recovers the defense takes possession of the ball at the point of recovery.  If the offense attempts a fake kick then refer to the Fake Punt/Kick Chart instead of the kicker’s card for the play result.  In addition, if a penalty occurs on a fake use the section relative to the play (Run or Pass).

 

VARIABLE LENGTH FIELD GOALS

In order to provide more realism, to simulate varying conditions on the field, and to differentiate field goal distances more precisely you can use this optional Variable Length Field Goal rule. 

 

After the offense decides to kick a field goal two dice are first rolled and the Variable Length Field Goal Chart is consulted.  This chart adds or subtracts up to 5 yards to or from the chances on a field goal attempt.

 

For example, say you are about to try a field goal from the 24 yard-line.  You would normally consult the “23-32” column for this field goal, but when using this rule that might not be the case.  First roll two dice and consult the Variable Length Field Goal chart.  Say that a “4” is rolled.  The chart says to subtract 3 yards from the original field goal location before determining which column to use for the field goal.  In this example, 24 minus 3 is 21, so the “13-22” column for the place kicker is consulted for the upcoming field goal attempt instead of the “23-32” column.

 

SAFETIES

A safety occurs on all plays where a loss of yardage brings the ball back to the offensive teams’ goal line or beyond.  For instance, if a -2 result occurs from your 2-yard line that is considered a safety.  After a safety, the team that was scored upon puts the ball in play with a “free kick” from its own 20-yard line.  NFL teams almost always punt in this situation.  The punting & punt return cards should be used for this kick.   Obviously a blocked punt cannot happen, so if this reading occurs then re-roll the dice.  Also, add 15 yards to the length of the free-kick punt as read from the punting column.  This accounts for the fact that the punter is not standing 15 yards behind a line of scrimmage.

 

 


TIMING RULES

PLAY CLOCK

The play clock is found on the playing field, 60 spaces as marked in 15-second intervals.   The timing of each play differs slightly based upon whether or not the optional penalty system is used:

·         WHEN USING THE PENALTY SYSTEM - Move two spaces or thirty seconds for all plays with the following exceptions: incomplete passes, all punts and kickoffs, field goal attempts, touchdowns.  Move only one space or fifteen seconds for these exceptions.  In addition, if the play result is read from the Offensive card and the game clock is not in the last 5 minutes of a half, then the following plays also take one space or fifteen seconds:  completed passes (excluding look-in passes) and end runs.  See the Out Of Bounds rules for further details regarding timing in the last 5 minutes of each half.  Note: On all plays where a penalty is called move the clock just one space (or fifteen seconds).

·         WHEN NOT USING THE PENALTY SYSTEM - Move two spaces or thirty seconds for all plays with the following exceptions: incomplete passes, fair-caught punts, field goal attempts, kickoffs not runback and touchdowns. Move only one space or fifteen seconds for these exceptions.

Move only one space or fifteen seconds for these exceptions. Also timeouts may be used to reduce the timing of any play to 15 seconds or movement of one space. Each team is allowed three timeouts per half.

 

OUT OF BOUNDS

During the last 5 minutes of each half a player can try to get out of bounds on certain plays.  The play called must be an End Run, Flat Pass (not look-in) or short pass.  The offense should indicate if he wants to try to get out of bounds before rolling the dice.  If the white die is an even number then the player gets out of bounds and the clock moves just 15 seconds.  If the white die is an odd number then he was not able to get out of bounds so the play takes 30 seconds (the coach can still call a timeout or have the QB spike the ball to save time).  When a reading of “Receiver” occurs on pass plays roll all 3 dice again and determine the result of the play.  If it is a reception check for the possible fumble prior to determining if the player makes it out of bounds (see the Fumble rules for Receiver Fumbles).  If the ball was not fumbled then use the same white die reading to determine if he was able to get out of bounds.  Note: This option can only be used for plays that would have normally taken 30 seconds off the clock (when playing with penalties some of these plays take just 15 seconds already). 

 

2-MINUTE CLOCK

In the last 2 minutes of each half switch over the 2:00 clock.  The clock is divided into 18 sections, each which take about 7 seconds.  For plays that take 15 seconds move the clock two spaces (or “ticks”).  For plays that take 30 seconds move the clock 4 ticks.  For incomplete passes and plays that get out of bounds always move the clock just 1 tick.  Also, for all kickoffs move the clock just 1 tick.  Note: On all plays where a penalty is called move the clock just one tick. Prior to moving the clock at the end of each play one of the following strategies may be employed (Note: the minimum time that any play can take after these adjustments is 1 tick, and you cannot use more than one of these strategies on any given play):

·         The offensive team can call “hurry up”.  The play that just occurred will take one less tick off the clock.

·         The offensive team can spike the ball.  The play that just occurred will take 2 less ticks off the clock.

·         Either team can call for a time out.  The play that just occurred will take 3 less ticks off the clock. 

 

In the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter move the clock 6 ticks if all of the following is true:

·         The offense has the lead before the play begins.

·         They run the ball and it stays in-bounds, or complete a pass that stays in-bounds, or kneel with the ball.

·         No timeout is taken at the end of the play.

·         The play result is not a scoring play (in this case use 2 ticks).

·         The play is not a change of possession or penalty (in these cases use 1 tick).

 

 

CHANGE OF POSSESSION

Since the clock stops on change of possession, all change of possession plays use 15 seconds on the regular game clock and one tick on the 2:00 clock.

 

TIMING OF SACKS

In the NFL a sack stops the clock, but inside the 2:00 mark the clock restarts as soon as the ball has been spotted.  Therefore, sacks use 15 seconds on the regular game clock and three ticks on the 2:00 clock.


QB SPIKE

Use when you wish to stop the clock without a timeout in the last 2 minutes of a half.  At the end of each play the QB has a chance to spike the ball.  First, reduce the previous play timing by 2 ticks (down to a minimum of 1 tick).  Then roll three dice; if the white die is a 1 and the red dice total 12 then the ball is fumbled.  The fumble occurs one yard behind the line of scrimmage.  Roll for recovery.  The clock moves 4 ticks on a fumble recovered by the offense, 1 tick if the defense recovers.  If the ball is not fumbled then the team hurries up to the line and the QB spikes the ball – this does not take an additional tick.  The spike does not count as an attempted pass in the game statistics.  The offense loses a down and play continues. 

 

HURRY UP OFFENSE

On plays where the clock continues to run the offense can elect to “hurry-up”.   First, reduce the previous play timing by 1 tick.   Since the offensive team has hustled to the line of scrimmage neither team can make substitutions or change their formations (however, the offense can choose whether or not to use the shotgun and the defense can choose whether or not to safety blitz).  Play continues as normal.  This strategy cannot be used after a change of possession, incomplete pass or timeout.  This option can only be used in the last 2-minutes of each half.

 

QB TAKES KNEE

You can have your quarterback take the snap and kneel down to help run out the clock at the end of the game.  To do this Roll three dice.  If the white die is a 1 and the red dice total 12 then roll the white die again – if it is a 1 again then the ball is fumbled.  The fumble occurs one yard behind the line of scrimmage.  Roll for recovery.  The clock moves 4 ticks on a fumble recovered by the offense, 1 tick if the defense recovers.  If the ball is not fumbled then consider this play a 1-yard loss and move the clock 4 ticks (or 1 tick if a timeout is taken by the defensive team).  This option can only be used in the last 2-minutes of the half.

 

 


PASS RUSH, QB SACK AND DUMP-OFF RULES

 

The pass rush system is based on the individual blocking abilities of linemen and running backs and the pass rush ability of defensive linemen and linebackers. 

 

The black die is rolled at the beginning of each play. The black die is not rolled with any additional dice rolls generated from the initial roll (except to determine Receiver fumbles and QB Sack fumbles). A blank reading or an X reading (assuming the penalty system is not being utilized) indicates that play proceeds normally. However, if the black die reading reveals a "D", a possible pass rush situation has occurred. A PASS RUSH OCCURS ONLY WHEN A "D" COMES UP ON THE SPECIAL BLACK DIE IN A SHORT OR LONG PASS SITUATION IN WHICH THE DEFENSE HAS CORRECTLY GUESSED "PASS." In all other situations (a run or a pass play where the defense has incorrectly guessed run), if the special black die reading is a D, X or blank, play continues in a normal manner.

Let us assume that a black die D reading, a white 4 and a colored dice total of 6 is rolled in a short pass situation guessed correctly by the defense. A three-step process begins:

 

1. Identify involved players -refer to left-hand side of both offensive and defensive rating cards with white die number. In regards to offensive rating card, refer to proper column based on opponent's defense (3-4 or 4-3).

2. Once players are identified, refer to the pass rush ability rating for the involved defensive player and the pass block ability rating for the involved offensive player. Their values may be found to the left of each involved players' name on rating card.

3. Refer to advanced pass rush chart for results utilizing ratings of involved players and colored dice total.

 

For example (assuming the above dice roll results and a 4-3 defense) a white 4, indicates the defensive right end (found on the left-hand side of the defensive team's rating card and the offensive left tackle (found in the 4-3 defense column of the offensive team's rating card). Referring to the ability values of each player, let us assume that the defensive right end is an 8 as a pass rusher and the offensive left tackle is a 5 as a pass blocker. Refer to the advanced pass rush chart. Please note that the series of numbers going down the left side of the chart refer to the pass block ratings and the numbers across the top refer to the pass rush ratings. The numbers within the chart are based on the colored dice total and indicate whether a sack has occurred. Find the correct combination of the pass block rating and pass rush rating and read across to the right of the colored dice total for the result. In this instance a colored dice total of 6 for an 8 pass rusher and a 5 pass blocker reveals a sack. A sack has occurred.  Please see “Sack - Yardage Lost & Possible Fumble” to determine the amount of yardage lost on the sack.  If the colored dice total had been 10 instead of 6, a sack would not OCCUR. As the quarterback was not sacked in this instance, the offensive coach rolls 3 dice for pass results (excluding the black die). Play proceeds in normal fashion.

 

Several superior pass rushers have two ratings -their normal rating and an asterisk rating (for example (7*) 12). Refer to his normal rating (in this instance, 12) when he becomes the involved player via his position being identified by the white die reading. Refer to the asterisk rating if the white die reading indicates an asterisk. Use this particular player's rating of 7 in this instance. If two or more players on a defensive team have asterisk ratings and an asterisk player's ability is required, alternate or randomly choose between them.

 

NO SACK OCCURS IF:

·         There are no players in the defensive lineup with an asterisk rating and an asterisk rating is needed.

·         There are no linebackers blitzing and the required rating is that of the "highest rated blitzing linebacker" (high LB).

·         There are 0 or 1 linebacker(s) blitzing and the required rating is that of the "second highest rated blitzing linebacker" (second high LB).


Please refer to the “Blitzing Linebacker Adjustment Chart” to determine how linebacker(s) can increase the rating of the individual pass rusher. For example, in a 3-4 defense with the highest rated blitzing linebacker (whose pass rush rating is 4) as the indicated pass rusher, two additional blitzing linebackers would increase his rating to 6. However, blitzing linebackers have no effect on the pass rush rating within their own 10-yard line. For example, with the offense on the opponent's 9-yard line, blitzing linebackers would add nothing to the rating of the indicated player.

 

Sometimes a good pass rusher will disrupt the offensive blocking schemes which results in another player getting a sack.  Whenever a sack is generated by a pass rusher who’s adjusted pass rush rating is 8 or more roll 2 dice and refer to the Sack Reassignment Table to determine who gets credited with the sack.  If  Part A of this table says to reassign the sack then roll 1 die and refer to Part B to determine which player gets credited with the sack.

 

SACK – YARDAGE LOST & POSSIBLE FUMBLE

If a sack occurs, roll all 4 dice again.  The red dice total will yield your loss.  For example, if the red dice total 11, there is an 11 yard loss on the sack.  If an X comes up on the black die a possible fumble may occur (normally an X indicates a penalty when using the optional penalty system, however a penalty can only occur on the first roll, not when checking for the sack yardage).  Refer to the rolled white number to see if a fumble has occurred.  You would look at the receiver and QB Fumble Rating found on the bottom of the Offensive Team Rating card and adjust it according to the TEAM REC/QB FUMBLE RATINGS ADJUSTMENT CHART.  For example, if a team has a fumble rating of 1-3 then referring to the chart you will see that you should use 1-5 when checking for QB sack fumbles.  Using this example say that a white die reading of 5 occurs, the quarterback has fumbled.  A white die number of 6 would not yield a fumble.  If a fumble occurs, roll 2 dice to see who has recovered it (see the Fumble section of the rules).

 

OTHER NOTES

·         In a passing situation, if a defender is in the act of blitzing, and his ability rating is needed to determine the results of the play, the pass is considered automatically completed for the stated yardage.

·         Linebackers must be blitzing in order to be credited with a sack.

·         If an offensive player’s pass block rating is needed, but that player is the target of the pass, then use “0” for the pass block rating since he is no longer at the line of scrimmage.

 

DUMP-OFF PASSES

Whenever a “D” is rolled on the black die for short or long passes, and the Defense calls “Pass”,  if no sack occurs then the QB is flushed out of the pocket.

 

When a QB is flushed from the pocket one of four things will happen.  Either he will be forced to run, he will force a bad throw (interception), he will scramble and complete a pass to the intended receiver or he will throw a dump-off pass to another receiver.  To see which result occurs, roll the white and red dice again and consult the appropriate card (Quarterback or team defense card) in the normal fashion.  If a split occurs roll to see which reading is used.  However, if a “receiver” reading occurs do not roll on the receiver’s card.  If a “Must Run” or an interception occurs then accept that result – the play is over. In addition, if a completion occurs directly on  the Quarterback’s card then accept that result – the play is over.   However, if any other reading occurs (such as a completion from the defense card, an incomplete pass or a “receiver” reading) ignore the play result – the Quarterback must throw a dump-off pass to a randomly selected receiver.  

 

A dump-off pass will always use the "0-men" column in the flat column of the Defense card and the Right column on the offensive player’s card.  Roll the white and red dice again and refer to the “Dump Off” chart to determine the target of the dump-off pass.  If the player indicated on the Dump Off chart was the primary receiver, or if he is double-teamed or he is not in the formation being used, then use the Alternate List to determine which receiver gets the dump-off (choose the first player on the list who is in the formation, and  was not the primary target and not double-teamed).  The white die indicates which zone the dump-off is thrown to: 1-2: left flat zone, 3-4: lookin zone, 5-6 right flat zone.  Once the receiver and location have been determined, re-roll all three dice and refer to the proper flat pass column to determine the result of the dump-off pass.  EXCEPTION: In the last 30-seconds of each half never refer to the Dump Off chart.  Instead follow normal short or long pass rules to determine the outcome of the pass (remember, to use the "0-men" column in the flat column of the Defense card and the Right column on the offensive player’s card).   NOTES: This rule does not apply unless a “D” is initially rolled on the black die.  In other words, when using a safety blitz and a blank is rolled on the black die you would check for the sack but you would not use the Dump Off Rules.  This rule also does not apply when the offensive team is inside the 10-yard line.

 

UPDATED SACK RULE

 

The Updated Sack Rule is an optional rule that works very similarly to the Super Advanced Pass Rush system.  The differences between to the two systems is that the Updated Sack Rule introduces sacks for flat passes, recognizes differences between the pass rush for a short and long pass, and makes adjustments for when a receiver is double-teamed (which can result in more sacks).

 

The Updated Sack Rule is percentile dice based (two 10-sided dice that are not included with the board game would be necessary to use this system if it were to be played with the board game).

 

The procedure for long and short passes is exactly the same as in the Super Advanced system except you consult the  Updated Sack Rule Pass Rush Chart using the ratings of the indicated players  Three numbers are listed in each section of the chart.  They represent the sack percentage for long/short/flat passes respectively.  For example, a short pass with a Pass Rush Rating of 13 and a Pass Block Rating of 4 results in a sack percentage of 90 as shown in the Updated Sack Rule Pass Rush Chart.  The Pass Rush Rating row that you consult is modified according to the Updated Sack Rule adjustment chart. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are checking for a sack as a result of a Safety Blitz then consult the Safety Blitz Pass Rush Chart instead of the Updated Sack Rule Pass Chart to find the sack percentage.  Using the same example shown above, on the Safety Blitz Pass Rush Chart you would find that the sack percentage is 55 for a short pass with a Pass Rush Rating of 13 and a Pass Block Rating of 4.

 

Sacks for flat passes follow the same rules as for long and short passes (for example, “Pass” must be called by the defense for a flat pass sack to occur), but with the following exceptions.  First, in order for a flat sack to be possible there must be at least 5 men on the line of scrimmage (any combination of defensive lineman, linebackers and free safety).  Sacks cannot occur on dump-offs because the sack chance was already missed when initially rolling the dice for the long or short pass play attempt.  The Safety Blitz rule is modified for flat pass sacks as follows:  A safety blitz sack situation for flat passes only occurs on a roll of “D”, never when the black die is blank.

 

A few examples that show the various aspects of the system follow:

 

A long pass is attempted.  The defense is playing a 4-3, has correctly guessed pass, has moved 2 linebackers to the line of scrimmage and has correctly double-teamed the intended receiver.  A “D” is rolled on the pass attempt indicating a possible sack.  Using the white die reading of “1” and referring to the Offensive and Defensive rating cards, the matchup is the DLE (a 6 rated pass rusher) against the ORT (a 5 rated pass blocker).  Referring to the Updated Sack Rule Adjustments chart, we will add +4 to the pass rush rating because the defense has 2 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated man) and another +2 because the receiver was correctly double-teamed.  So the modified pass rush rating is 6+4+2, or 12.  Using 12 as the pass rush rating, and cross-referencing that with the 5 pass block rating the sack percentage in the chart is indicated to be 82.  Now roll the two percentile dice and if the result is from 1 to 82 then a sack has occurred.

 

A flat pass is attempted.  The defense employs a safety blitz.  The black die is blank.  No sack is possible since on flat passes the black die must be “D” in order for the safety blitz sack rule to take effect.

 

A flat pass is attempted against a 3-4 defense.  The defense has moved one linebackers to the line of scrimmage.  A “D” is rolled on the black die.  No sack is possible because there are less than 5 total defenders on the line of scrimmage.

 

A flat pass is attempted.  The defense is playing a 4-3, has correctly guessed pass, is showing blitz and has moved the free safety and all three linebackers to the line of scrimmage.  A “D” is rolled on the pass attempt indicating a possible sack.  Using the white die reading of “6” the Free Safety (rated 10 by rule) is matched up against the BB who has a 5 pass block rating.  Referring to the Updated Sack Rule Adjustments chart, we will add +6 to the pass rush rating because the defense has 3 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated man).  Using the modified pass rush rating of 16, and cross referencing that with the 5 pass block rating the sack percentage in the chart is indicated to be 40.  Now roll the percentile dice and if the results is from 1 to 40 then a sack has occurred.

 


DEFENSIVE FORMATIONS

 

DEFENSIVE FORMATION CHART

The Defensive Formation Chart summarizes all of the information found in this section.  It tells you detailed specifics about each defensive player’s role in each type of defense.  For example, reading down the column “DIME 3-2-6” you will see note number 24.  Further down the chart, you will find that note 24 indicates that the defense must guess Pass to use this formation, and that it cannot be used inside the defensive 20-yard line. 

 

4-3 DEFENSE

This is the standard defense used by most teams.  Here is how the players are positioned on the playing board:

Left End and Left Tackle -in the areas marked Left End and Left Tackle respectively.

Right End and Right Tackle -in the areas marked Right End and Right Tackle respectively.

Left Linebacker - in the flat pass zone on the left side of the playing board.

Right Linebacker - in the flat pass zone on the right side of the playing board.

Middle Linebacker - in the look-in pass zone.

Cornerbacks and Strong Safety - in the short pass zone.

Free Safety – in the long pass zone.

 

The above formation provides you with ample strength in all areas. Note that all players are defending specific areas or zones against certain types of plays. The number of players defending each zone is obvious with the exception of the linebuck and off tackle zones. The left tackle defensive zone consists of the blitz area left of left tackle and left tackle. The right tackle zone consists of the blitz area right of right tackle and right tackle. The linebuck zone consists of both tackles and blitz area found between the tackles. Note the difference in your defensive cards - they are divided into two or three sections instead of just one, as in the elementary game. Each section represents the number of linebackers defending a zone. You would therefore refer to the column indicating the number of linebackers defending that particular zone in which the offensive team has attacked. Also note that you have ten offensive play selections on your advanced play selector-several of which attack the right or left side of the defense.

 

You may move the following 4 defensive players as follows:

FREE SAFETY - (normally stationed in long pass zone) may be moved to the short pass zone or any other zone.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER - (normally stationed in look-in pass zone) may be moved to the blitz areas directly left, right and between both tackles. Additionally, the MLB may be moved to either flat pass zone.

LEFT LINEBACKER - (normally stationed in left side-flat pass zone) may be moved to the blitz areas found directly left only of left tackle and left end.

RIGHT LINEBACKER - (normally stationed in right flat pass zone) may be moved to the blitz areas found directly right of right tackle and right end.

 

 


3-4 DEFENSE

The 3-4 defense is set up the same as the 4-3 defense with the following exceptions: The left and right tackles are replaced by a nose tackle who is placed in the linebuck blitz area (blitz area located between left and right tackle designation). The middle linebacker is replaced by two inside linebackers who are designated left inside and right inside linebackers. The left inside linebacker must play in the left part of the look-in zone next to the left outside linebacker and the right inside linebacker must play in the right part of the look-in zone next to the right outside linebacker.

 

When playing with four linebackers, the inside linebackers may be moved into either the tackle spot or the tackle blitz area on their side of the field.  The tackle spot guards against linebuck & off-tackle runs only.  The tackle blitz area guards against off-tackle runs & can be used to blitz.  Accordingly, the left inside linebacker may move into the left tackle spot to guard against a linebuck or an off tackle run only.  He may also be moved into the left tackle blitz area to guard against an off tackle run or to blitz. He may also be moved into the left flat pass zone to assist the left outside linebacker or to provide flat pass coverage if the left outside linebacker blitzes. The right inside linebacker would follow the same rules for the right side of the defense.

 

The inside linebackers may blitz only when they play in their respective blitz areas. For example, with both inside linebackers blitzing, (each located in the off tackle blitz areas) a linebuck would result in a reading of 0 linebackers (this is because when an ILB moves to a blitz zone, which is next to the DE, not next to the NT, he isn't in the linebuck zone at all). With both outside linebackers blitzing or double-teaming and the inside linebackers playing in the flat pass zone, the running backs are still defended by the outside linebackers. However, on any short or long passes to running backs in this situation, if a reading of defender occurs, the pass is automatically completed for the stated yardage. If one inside linebacker is removed, the remaining inside linebacker becomes a middle linebacker who may move according to the 4-3 defense.

 

Please note that the left linebacker is the same as the left outside linebacker and the right linebacker is the same as the right outside linebacker.  For example, on the fullback’s card it indicates that the Left Linebacker is assigned to cover the fullback for short and long passes.  In the 3-4 defense this refers to the Left Outside Linebacker.  Also note that substitutes desginated as linebacker may play both inside and outside linebacker.

 

Note about Keying with a 3-4 Defense: A 3-4 defense must have have the  maximum number of players in the zone for the key to work:

·         End-Runs are not effected by this rule

·         For Line Bucks the defense needs to have a defender in the Left-Tackle and Right-Tackle positions in order for the key to be successful.

·         For Off-Tackles the defense needs to have a defender in both the Off-tackle Blitz zone and the Off-Tackle zone in order for the key to be successful (of course they have to be in the correct side of the field).


SWITCHING BETWEEN THE 3-4 AND 4-3

You may switch between a 3-4 and a 4-3 at any time and you do not have to call pass when you switch.  In pass situations refer to the chart found on the roster sheet.  In addition, follow these rule changes:

·         TEAM THAT NORMALLY PLAYS 4-3 SWITCHING TO A 3 MAN LINE: Use whichever tackle you prefer as the nose tackle. 

o        If the reading “defensive RT”,  “defensive LT” or “defensive tackle”  is called for refer to the rating of the player who occupies the nose tackle position, however subtract one from his defensive rating. 

o        When a linebuck or off-tackle run occurs with 2 linebackers in the zone refer to the “1 LB” column on the team defensive cards.

o        When a linebuck or off-tackle run occurs with 0 or 1 linebackers in the zone refer to the “0 LB” column on the team defensive cards.

o        Using a colored pencil, make these changes on the defensive card, to be used only when playing the 3-4:  Put a  symbol on the Linebuck 0LB roll of 7, a  symbol on the Linebuck 0LB roll of 8, and a  symbol on the Off Tackle 0LB roll of 8. (These are used in lieu of the existing  symbol which is used when playing in a 4-3 defense).

o        Decrease the pass rush ratings of all players by 1.

o        Use the 3-4 style pass rush when determining which defender will try for a sack (refer to the team defensive ratings card of a team that normally plays a 3-4 under the heading “3 – 4 DEF” to make this determination).

·         TEAM THAT NORMALLY PLAYS 3-4 SWITCHING TO A 4 MAN LINE:  Move the nose tackle to one of the tackle positions and insert another tackle at the other position. 

o        If the reading “defensive NT” comes up on a dice roll of 5 refer to the rating of the player who occupies the right tackle position, however subtract one from his defensive rating. 

o        If the reading “defensive NT” comes up on a dice roll of 9, refer to the rating of the player who occupies the left tackle position; however subtract one from his defensive rating.

o        Using a colored pencil, make these changes on the defensive card, to be used only when playing the 4-3:  Ignore the  symbol found on the Linebuck 0LB roll of 7, replace the   symbol  found on the Linebuck 0LB roll of 8 with a  symbol and ignore the  symbol  found in the Off Tackle 0LB roll of 8.

o        Increase the pass rush ratings off all players by 1.

o        Use the 4-3 style pass rush when determining which defender will try for a sack (refer to the team defensive ratings card of a team that normally plays a 4-3 under the heading “4 – 3 DEF” to make this determination).

·         By using these adjustments all defensive formations may be used by any team,  whether they normally play either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense.

·         A player’s rating is not reduced if he has a rating at the position he is switching to.  Take for example a player who starts at LT on a team that normally uses the 4-3.  If he is also rated at NT then use the rating that was assigned to him when switching to a 3-4.  However, if he is not rated at NT then follow the above instructions by subtracting one from his defensive rating.  NOTE: “Tackle” is used to describe a player who is rated to play either LT or RT (it does not mean he is rated to play NT).

 

 

3-3-5 NICKEL DEFENSE

Starting with a 3-4 defense, replace one of the inside linebackers with a defensive back. Place additional defensive back in short or long pass zone. When utilizing this alignment, the defensive coach may call a pass or run defense. The fifth defensive back will be responsible for any wide receiver not covered by a defender.  This can be used by a team that normally plays a 4-man line (see adjustments above).

 

Important note: If you want to call “Run” from a 3-3-5 formation you must position the FS on the line of scrimmage.


4-2-5 NICKEL DEFENSE

Starting with a 4-3 defense, replace middle linebacker with a defensive back who may be placed in the short or long pass zones.  When utilizing this alignment, the defensive coach may call a pass or run defense. The fifth defensive back will be responsible for any wide receiver not covered by a defender.  After the offensive coach has selected his play, the defense might consider moving the free safety into the look-in zone to keep the offense honest.  This can be used by a team that normally plays a 3-man line (see adjustments above).

 

3-2-6 DIME DEFENSE

Starting with a 3-4 defense, remove the two inside linebackers and replace them with two defensive backs (who can be rated as a LCB, RCB, SS, FS, CB, or DB).  These replacement defensive backs are extra defensive backs that normally will be placed in the short and long pass zones.  You must call “Pass” defense.  This can be used by a team that normally plays a 4-man line (see adjustments above).  Whenever the defense plays 6 defensive backs they should initially position 4 in the short zone and 2 in the long zone.  You cannot use this formation inside the defensive 20-yard line.

 

4-1-6 DIME DEFENSE

Starting with a 4-3 defense, remove any two linebackers and replace them with two defensive backs  (who can be rated as a LCB, RCB, SS, FS, CB, or DB).  The sole linebacker is initially placed in the look-in zone (even outside linebackers are eligible to play the look-in zone with this defense since this is a pass prevent defense and outside linebackers are typically good at defending the pass).  This linebacker may be moved to the blitz areas directly left, right and between both tackles and to either flat zone.  He is responsible for covering the Fullback.  The nickel-back is responsible for covering the halfback.  You must call “Pass” defense.  This can be used by a team that normally plays a 3-man line (see adjustments above).  Whenever the defense plays 6 defensive backs they should initially position 4 in the short zone and 2 in the long zone.  You cannot use this formation inside the defensive 20-yard line.

 

5-6 DEFENSE

The setup for this defense is slightly different, based upon the base defense normally used by this team.

·         If starting with a 4-3, replace three linebackers with a defensive tackle and two defensive backs. Place defensive tackle in linebuck blitz area (he is the NT) and place one defensive back in short pass zone and one defensive back in long pass zone.

·         If starting with a 3-4, replace the 4 linebackers with 2 defensive tackles and 2 defensive backs.  Place the defensive tackles in the left-tackle and right-tackle areas, place one defensive back in short pass zone and one defensive back in long pass zone.

When utilizing this defense, the defensive coach must  call a pass defense. In a pass rush situation, increase the rating of the indicated player by one (for example a defensive end with a pass rush rating of six becomes seven).  Use the 5-6 Pass Rush Chart for pass rush situations.  The halfback and fullback are covered by the extra defensive backs.  Whenever the defense plays 6 defensive backs they should initially position 4 in the short zone and 2 in the long zone.  You cannot use this formation inside the defensive 20-yard line. 

 

 


DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES AND RULES

 

KEYING ON A RUNNING BACK OR A QUARTERBACK

The offense may run a particular back as frequently as desired.  To combat this, the defensive coach may key the runner.  To key a runner, place your disc on the appropriate defense (found on your advanced play selector). Then, after the offense has selected its play, the Free Safety must be moved to any open slot on the line of scrimmage to key on a running back.  If the keyed running back does not run the ball then the Free Safety is considered out of the play and is not counted in any defensive zones.  In order to use the KEY column the defense must correctly key the running back and there must be at least one defender (linebacker or Free Safety) in the blitz zone where the run occurs. 

 

If the key is applied correctly, the offensive coach refers to the KEY COLUMN for that particular play on the back's card actually running the ball.  Of course, you would only refer to his KEY column if the white die is 1, 2, or 3. If the key is applied to the wrong back, refer to the WRONG COLUMN for the particular play on the back's card actually running the ball. In keying on a back, the defense will stop a team from running a certain back frequently. Even though you key correctly, this maneuver does not affect results derived from the defensive cards - only manpower in the proper zone does.  To further strengthen your defense against a run, you should bring up one or more linebackers to anticipated running zones (this is particularly true when keying).  When you key on a back, you must call a run defense.

 

If the correct running back is keyed but the defensive zone is empty then use the “Right” column when referring to the running back’s card.  NOTE: When using the 3-4 the Nose Tackle resides in the Linebuck blitz area.  So for a Linebuck run against a 3-4 defense there must be a defender positioned in the left-tackle and/or right-tackle slot in order to use the Keyed column.  Reminder: Quarterbacks can also be keyed.

 

SHADOWING QUARTERBACK

This rule is designed to try and prevent scrambling quarterbacks from running for a first down in obvious passing situations.  To shadow the quarterback you must call a Pass defense.  Remove a linebacker  from the board and announce you are shadowing the QB.  Any linebacker may  be used to shadow, however if you shadow with a linebacker who has coverage responsibility then his man will be left open.  If a “must run” reading occurs then roll 3 dice when referring to the quarterback’s Must Run column.  Using the white die reading refer to the Shadowing Quarterback Chart.  If shadowing is successful, then the white die indicates how many yards short of a 1st down he was: if the white die is a 1 then he is stopped 1 yard short, if it is 2 then he is stopped 2 yards short, and if it is 3 then he is stopped 3 yards short (these yardage figures are the best case scenario for the offense – if the card reading indicates a worse reading then accept that instead).  For example, if the linebacker is rated 5, and a 2 is rolled on the white die, then the QB is stopped 2 yards short of a first down (however, if the reading from the card results in more than 2 yards short from a first down, accept this result instead).   Shadowing can be used  in any down/yardage situation by the defense.  You cannot shadow inside the defensive 10-yard line.  Shadowing does not affect any other play result other than the “must run”.  If a “must run” does not occur then the linebacker is considered out of the play and is not counted in any defensive zones.

 


DOUBLE TEAMING A RECEIVER

The offense may pass to any intended receiver as frequently as it desires. To combat this, the defensive coach may double-team any receiver. This is accomplished by placing your disc on the appropriate defense (found on your advanced play selector) and sliding your free safety on the game board over the double-teamed receiver (found at right-hand side of long pass zone).  When you double-team a receiver, you must call a pass defense.

 

If you select the correct receiver the following rules apply:

 

·         The Free Safety moves automatically into the zone which the pass has been thrown.  For example, if a short pass is thrown, move the free safety into the short pass zone. This increases your manpower in the attacked zone.

·         The offensive coach must refer to the RECEIVER DOUBLE-TEAMED COLUMN (Rec 2-tmd) FOR THAT TYPE OF PASS ON HIS QUARTERBACK'S CARD. Of course this would only occur if the white die reads 1, 2, or 3.

·         If a reading of DEFENDER or DEFENSIVE BACK IN ZONE occurs, the pass is automatically considered incomplete.

·         If a reading of RECEIVER occurs, refer to the 2-tmd column on receiver's card.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO SELECT THE PROPER RECEIVER, the free safety is considered out of the play and is not counted in any defensive zones. IF THE QUARTERBACK'S CARD COMES INTO PLAY, YOU WOULD REFER TO THE RIGHT COLUMN FOR THAT SPECIFIED PASS.

 

DB’s can double-team any opponent.  Follow the same rules as described for Free Safety above.  You cannot double-team with a defensive back that has coverage responsibilities.  Only one defensive back may double-team at a time, however the Free Safety can also double team so that a total of two opponents may be double-teamed.

 


PASS PREVENT DEFENSE

This defense allows one or two linebackers to drop back (out of the flat/look-in zone) into deep double-coverage.  To use the Pass Prevent defense you must call a pass defense.  

 

In order to prevent the offensive coach from throwing short and long passes, you may double team his flanker, split end and/or tight end with your linebackers in the following manner:

 

The LLB or LOLB can double-team the Flanker.  The RLB or ROLB can double-team the Split End.  The MLB and Inside Linebackers can double-team Tight Ends, but when using the 3-4 defense the linebacker must be on the same side of the field as the Tight End his is double-teaming.  Linebackers may not double-team any other potential receiver with the following exception: Against formations with 3 or 4 Wide Receivers an Outside Linebacker (RLB, ROLB, LLB, or LOLB) can double-team the 3rd or 4th Wide Receiver if they are on his side of the field.

 

If the offense throws a short or long pass to a receiver who is double teamed by the linebacker the following rules apply:

 

·         The offense must refer to the Receiver Double-Teamed column (Rec 2-tmd) for that type of pass on his quarterback’s card.  Of course this would only occur if the white die reads 1, 2, or 3.

·         If a reading of DEFENDER or DEFENSIVE BACK IN ZONE occurs, the pass is automatically considered incomplete.

·         Unlike double-teaming with the free-safety, if a linebacker double teams a receiver correctly, he does not move into the zone into which the pass has been thrown.

·         If a reading of RECEIVER occurs, refer to the right column on the receiver's card instead of the double teamed column (Rec 2-tmd column)

 

A maximum of two linebackers may double team at any one time, however the Free Safety can also double team if you wish, so that as many as three opponents may be double-teamed when using the Pass Prevent defense.  It is important to remember that when they double-team, linebackers drop back and leave their flat/look-in zones open – even to the man they are double-teaming.  Linebacker double-teaming is effective against short and long passes only, that is why this rule is referred to as “Pass Prevent Defense”. 

 

IF YOU FAIL TO SELECT THE PROPER RECEIVER, the linebacker is considered out of the play and is not counted in any defensive zones.  If a linebacker's ability rating is needed in regards to a receiver other than the one he has double-teamed, the pass is automatically completed for the stated yardage.

 

Note: You might find the “dime” defensive packages (the 3-2-6 and 4-1-6) preferable to this defense, as they more closely resemble the types of pass prevent defenses currently being used in professional football. 

 


OTHER DOUBLE-TEAMING & PASS PREVENT RULES

If the ball is thrown to a receiver who is not double-teamed then all defenders who are double-teaming are considered out of the play and are not counted in any defensive zones.  In this case you refer to the “Right” column for the quarterback and receiver.

·         You cannot mix-and-match Linebacker and Defensive Back double-teaming.  You can either double-team with any one or two linebackers (plus the Free Safety, if you choose) or you can double-team with a single defensive back (plus the Free Safety, if you choose).

·         Reassigning coverage responsibility – If a linebacker with coverage responsibilities is used to double-team another player, or is blitzing, his opponent is left open.   You can use the free safety or an extra DB to “double team” this opponent.  Actually, what you are doing is reassigning this DB as the primary defender, however some double-teaming rules still apply.  If the ball is thrown to this receiver then the defensive back automatically moves into the zone where the pass has been thrown.  Refer to the defensive back’s defensive rating when a reading of “defender” occurs.  Also, refer to the Right column on both the quarterback and receiver cards.  If the ball is not thrown to this receiver then the DB is out of the play and is not counted in any defensive zones.

·         When a linebacker double-teams a receiver, he automatically vacates his flat pass zone to all receivers (including the receiver he has double teamed). Therefore, if a pass is thrown to the linebacker's vacated flat pass zone, one refers to FLAT PASS-0 MEN with one exception: if the free safety is “double teaming” the receiver normally assigned to that linebacker (see preceding bullet point “Reassigning coverage responsibility”), then refer to FLAT PASS-ONE MAN.

·         If a pass completion to a double-teamed player is being overridden to be an incomplete pass due to the double-team, and the pass would go for negative yardage, then don't override the completion - let it stand as-is since the negative yardage play is worse than the completion.

 

SHORT YARDAGE DEFENSE

In order to prevent the offensive coach from gaining a first down in a short yardage situation, you may setup your defense in the following manner: After the offense has selected its play, call a short yardage run defense and move all of your linebackers into selected blitz areas; straddle both cornerbacks between the flat pass zone on their side and the short pass zone; straddle your strong safety between the look-in pass zone and the short pass zone; and move your free safety into the short pass zone.

 

Your cornerbacks are now responsible for the flat pass and the strong safety for the look-in pass. Thus, if a flat or look-in pass is thrown, and the white die is a 4, 5, or 6, refer to FLAT PASS-ONE MAN. If a short pass or long pass is thrown, and the white die is a 4, 5, or 6, refer to SHORT PASS-3 MEN and LONG PASS-0 MEN respectively. If a reading of “LB in zone” occurs on an attempted flat or look-in pass,  use the Left Cornerback’s defensive rating for the left-flat zone, the Strong Safety’s defensive rating for the look-in zone and the Right Cornerback’s defensive rating for the right-flat zone

 

Reduce all Defensive Back ratings by one, including “Linebacker in Zone” readings since the cornerbacks and strong safety are responsible for covering the flat/look-in zones.  Since the linebackers are up on the line of scrimmage the HB & FB are considered Open for passes.

 

When you use the Short Yardage Defense, you must call a run defense.  You cannot key on a running back when using this defense.  This defense cannot be used inside your 10-yard line (you don’t need this defense because inside your own 10 the linebackers are always positioned on the line of scrimmage since the do not have to cover the flat/look-in zones).

 

Note: When using any of the following offensive formations against a Short Yardage Defense the rules where the Free Safety automatically moves into passing zones are still in effect: 3RB/2TE, TE Offense and Full House Backfield.  For example, say the offense throws a flat pass to the Split End while using a Full House Backfield and the defense is playing Short Yardage.  In that case if the result is to be read from the Team Defense card then refer to the FLAT PASS 2 MEN column instead of the 1 MAN column because the Free Safety has moved into the passing zone.

 

 


SAFETY BLITZ

The defense announces he is “showing blitz”.  This is done at the same time he announces his formation, which is prior to the offense selecting its play.  After the offense has selected its play, the defensive coach can move his free safety to the line of scrimmage (any open slot – not just the blitz slots) if the blitz is on, or to any zone on the field if it is not.  In all cases, even if the safety does not blitz, if the Å  (aka “sniper scope”) reading occurs consider that a Long Gain. 

 

If the safety actually blitzes, a sack does not occur and the offense throws a long pass then always refer to the “LONG PASS - 0 MEN” column of the defensive card no matter how many defenders are positioned in the long pass zone (Note:  see Throwing For The End Zone Between The 10 and 19-Yard Line for an exception to this rule).

 

The defense can call either call “Pass” or “Run” after showing safety blitz, but naturally “Pass” must be called if the blitz is on.  If the offense tries a short or a long pass, and a blank or a “D” is rolled on the black die you check for a sack just as you would in a normal pass rush situation, except consult the Safety Blitz Pass Rush Chart instead of the Updated Sack Rule Pass Chart.  Treat the Free Safety as an (10*) 0.  His rating of 10 is used only on white die rolls of 6.  Make all normal adjustment for blitzing linebackers (do not count the safety as a linebacker).

 

Safety Blitz Note: Whenever a blank reading is rolled on the black die, 3 is the minimum Pass Block rating to be used for any player when consulting the Sack chart.  Note: this rule was rescinded as part of the Version 8 rule changes.

 

The Safety Blitz cannot be used if the free safety is assigned coverage responsibilities.  Against a run, treat a blitzing free safety in the same manner as a blitzing zero-rated linebacker. 

 

The safety blitz is a high-risk, high-reward strategy.  You have a very good chance of sacking the quarterback when using it, however if the sack does not occur you have exposed yourself to giving up a long gain.

 


LINEBACKER-RUN CONTAINMENT

Designed to deter the offense from calling runs in third down passing situations. IT IS ASSUMED TO BE AUTOMATICALLY PART OF YOUR DEFENSE ALIGNMENT IN THIRD OR FOURTH DOWN SITUATIONS ONLY IN WHICH FIVE OR MORE YARDS ARE NEEDED FOR A FIRST DOWN. The defense may call a pass or run and play a three-, four-, or five-man line.

 

If the offense calls a run to an area in which the linebacker is playing his normal position (playing in flat pass or look-in zone areas) and the white die roll is 1, 2, or 3, then the run containment rule is in effect. You must refer to the Run Containment Chart to see if the linebacker stops the runner short of the first down.  If the runner is stopped short of the 1st down then the white die indicates how many yards short of a 1st down he was.  For example, if the linebacker is rated 5 and a 2 is rolled on the white die then the runner is stopped 2 yards short of a first down.  However, if the reading from the card results in more than 2 yards short from a first down, accept this result instead.  Continuing with the same example (where a 2 is rolled on the white die) let’s say this occurred in a 3rd and 8 situation and that the runner's card yields a no gain result, accept this figure rather than crediting the runner with a 6-yard gain.

 

If the linebacker involved has vacated his normal zone (for instance, he is stationed in a blitzing position or double-teaming a receiver), no adjustment is made to yards gained on play. This rule only applies to results read off running cards and may not be used within a team's own defensive 10-yard line. Results derived from defensive cards remain the same.

 

If the linebacker has been moved from his flat/look-in zone, but a defensive back has been placed there, then containment can still occur since there is a man stationed in that zone.  For an Off-Tackle run vs. the 3-4 the inside linebacker on that side of the field must be in the look-in zone for containment to be in effect.  For a linebuck vs. the 3-4 both inside linebackers must be back for containment to be in effect (use the higher rated linebacker when consulting the chart).  The preceding two sentences apply to the 3-4 formation but they do not apply to the 3-3-5 nickel or 3-2-6 dime formations since those formations do not use 4 linebackers. Linebacker-Run Containment does not apply to Must Run readings from the Quarterback’s card (see the “Shadowing Quarterback” rule).

 

SYMBOLS FOUND ON DEFENSIVE CARDS

 - If the symbol  follows a run and the linebacker or free safety is not playing behind attacked area, an additional 10-yard gain results. If result is a short gain, add 10 yards to the result of the short gain. If a linebacker or free safety is positioned behind an attacked area, use stated yardage for result of play. Disregard  if ball is within opponent's ten-yard line. 

 

When using a 3-4 defensive formation if the  symbol appears in the off-tackle run column there must be an inside linebacker in the look-in zone on the same side of the field that the run is directed to in order to prevent the additional 10-yard gain.  When using a 3-3-5 defensive formation if the  symbol appears in the off-tackle run column always add 10 yards to the result of the play no matter where the middle linebacker is positioned.

 

 - Found on teams that play a 3-4 defense under linebuck. This rule is the same as  with the following exception. There must be two linebackers or one linebacker plus the free safety playing behind attacked area or an additional ten-yard gain results.  Disregard  if ball is within opponent's ten-yard line. 

 


DEFENSIVE BACKS

Wide receivers can only be covered by defensive backs, so you must have enough DB’s in the game to cover all wide receivers on the field.  In both the 3-3-5 and the 4-2-5 one linebacker is removed for a defensive back.  With the 3-2-6 and the 4-1-6 two linebackers are removed for defensive backs. 

 

If the replacement defensive back(s) do not have coverage responsibilities then they can be moved to any passing area on the board (but not to the line of scrimmage).  If they are moved into the flat/look-in pass zones consider them an additional linebacker for purposes of determining the number of linebackers in the zone.  They can also be used to double-team receivers (see double-teaming rules below).

 

Defensive Backs who are assigned coverage responsibilities cannot double-team.  They must be placed in the short pass zone or the long pass zone.  However, if you place a defensive back who is assigned coverage in the long pass zone then the player they are assigned to cover is considered to be open if they are the target of a pass in the flat/look-in or short pass zones. 

 

You can never place more than 4 defensive backs in the short zone or 2 in the long zone.

 

Whenever there are 2 defensive backs positioned in the long zone the defense must guess “Pass”.

 

 

FREE SAFETY

Against most offensive formations the Free Safety is not assigned coverage.  If the Free Safety has coverage responsibilities he must be placed in the short or long pass zone and he cannot double-team, key a runner or show Safety Blitz.  If he does not have coverage responsibilities then he can be moved to any area on the board.  However, if the defense calls Pass it must also be showing Safety Blitz in order to position the Free Safety on the line of scrimmage.  Exception: Due to the compressed field, if the offense is inside the defensive 10-yard line then the free safety can be placed on the line of scrimmage while calling pass whether or not the safety is showing Safety Blitz.

 

 If he is moved into the flat/look-in pass zones, or he is placed on the line of scrimmage, consider him an additional linebacker for purposes of determining the number of linebackers in the zone.  If the reading “LB in zone” occurs on a run consider his defensive rating against the run to be 0. 

 

He can also be used to double-team a receiver.  When using certain offensive formations (for example, 3 running backs and 2 tight ends) the Free Safety automatically moves into the zone where the pass was thrown.  However, if the Free Safety is positioned in a flat/look-in zone or on the line of scrimmage, or if he has coverage responsibilities or is double-teaming then this does not occur. 

 

When Safety Blitzing, the safety can be placed anywhere on the line of scrimmage (he can blitz from a blitz slot or from a tackle or end slot).

 

LINEBACKER SHIFTING

A Middle Linebacker can be moved to either flat zone.   Inside Linebackers can move outside to the flat zone on his side of the field.  Outside linebackers cannot move into the look-in zone.  Refer to the Defensive Formation Chart for complete details of allowable linebacker movement.  You can never place more than 2 defenders in a flat or look-in zone.

 

LINEBACKERS ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE

If a linebacker who has coverage responsibility moves up to the line of scrimmage (to blitz or play the run) then his man is considered to be open for a pass.  Exception: Inside the defensive 10-yard line linebackers must be positioned on the line of scrimmage.  In this case his man is not considered open unless the linebacker double-teams another receiver.

 


OPEN RECEIVERS

If a pass is thrown to a receiver left open (because his coverage man is positioned on the line of scrimmage, positioned in the long pass zone or is a linebacker who is double-teaming another player or shadowing the quarterback) these penalties apply.  For flat/look-in passes always refer to the Guessed Wrong column on the Receiver card (do this even if Pass was correctly guessed by the defense).  For Short and Long passes, when an open receiver gets a reading of “defender” from the defense card it automatically results in the better result for the offense. 

 

SPECIAL OPTIONAL RULES REGARDING FLAT/LOOK-IN PASSES

“OPEN ZONE = WRONG” RULE - Whenever a Flat/Look-in pass is thrown into an unoccupied zone always consider the play to be guessed Wrong on both the quarterback's and receiver's cards.  Important Note:  If there is at least one linebacker blitzing with a 4-man line or at least two linebackers blitzing with a 3-man line AND if there is no more than one player double-teaming then this rule does not apply.

 

“EMPHASIZE 6 LB” RULE - Whenever there is a single defender in the flat/look-in zone you must check his rating to determine if you consult the "1 Man" or "0 Men" column of the defensive card for a flat pass.  Refer to the “Defense Vs. Flat/Look-in Passes” chart.  For example, if the LB is rated 0 then on a roll of 4 or 5 you would check the "1 Man" column, on a roll of 6 you would check the “0 Men” column.

 


OFFENSIVE FORMATIONS

 

OFFENSIVE FORMATION CHART

The Offensive Formation Chart summarizes all of the information found in this section.  It details substitutes for the various offenses (compared to the standard Pro Set) and notes about each specific offense.  For instance, you can easily see that when using a “Tight End” offense you substitute the 2nd Tight End for the Split End.  By reading down the column, you see “FS FL Zone”,  Pass Rush -1” and “Off Onside End” apply to this offense.  They are described further down the chart (“Pass Rush -1” is not described – it simply means to subtract 1 from all Pass Rush ratings when checking for a sack).

 

STANDARD PRO SET

The standard Pro Set offense includes a Half Back, Full Back, Flanker, Split End and Tight End.  This is a well balanced offense that is used by the majority of teams.  No adjustments are necessary when playing with this formation.

 

BLOCKING BACK OFFENSE

Using the standard Pro Set, designate one of the two backs as the “blocking back”.  The designated player must be rated as a back (HB, FB, RB or BB) or as “Tight End” and he should have a Run Block rating of 4 or greater (you can use a 0 rated blocker, but we recommend that you do not since this would be unrealistic).  When using this offense the blocking back cannot run the ball.  Decrease all defensive player’s Pass Rush Rating by 1 (the minimum adjusted rating is 1).  In addition, if the Offensive Onside End reading occurs on runs to the left side then use the Blocking Back’s rating.  Note: if a Tight End is used as the Blocking Back his pass block rating is a 0.  Restriction:  If a "HB-only" has a "0" Run Block rating then he cannot play Blocking Back.  If a "HB-only" has a  "4", "5" or "6" Run Block rating, and he is positioned at Blocking Back, then reduce his Run Block rating by 1.  For purposes of this rule, a "HB-only" is a player rated to play at HB but not rated to play FB, BB, or TE.

 

FOUR WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSE

Replace the tight end with a third wide receiver (he is covered by the SS) and replace a running back with a fourth wide receiver (he is covered by the FS unless the defense goes to a dime or nickel package in which case the extra defensive back covers him).  The remaining back is designated as a fullback and he is covered by the left outside linebacker.   Reduce all Run Block ratings by one.  Increase all Pass Rush ratings by one. 

 

If the running back runs the ball, and for example, a reading of “blocking back +5 or +1” occurs, then the run is for 1 yard since he does not have another back in the game to block for him.  If the running back is the intended pass receiver and “blocking back” comes up as the indicated pass blocker, an automatic sack occurs.  For all other situations where the blocking back’s rating is needed use the running backs rating instead.

 

When an offense replaces its 2nd running back with a wide receiver, it becomes much harder to run.   So when using this formation if the offense runs the ball, the defense guesses Pass and a “1” is rolled on the white die then refer to the “Right” column on the Running Back’s Card. 

 


THREE WIDE RECEIVERS, ONE RUNNING BACK

Replace a running back with a third wide receiver (split end or flanker). Indicate to the opposing coach position of remaining running back. In passing situations free safety is responsible for third wide receiver. The free safety may not double-team another player when defending against the third wide receiver. If an additional defensive back is inserted into lineup, the free safety is relieved of this responsibility. Reduce each individual offensive lineman's and blocking back's run block rating by one. 

 

If the running back runs the ball, and for example, a reading of “blocking back +5 or +1” occurs, then the run is for 1 yard since he does not have another back in the game to block for him.  If the running back is the intended pass receiver and “blocking back” comes up as the indicated pass blocker, an automatic sack occurs.  For all other situations where the blocking back’s rating is needed use the running backs rating instead.

 

When an offense replaces its 2nd running back with a wide receiver, it becomes much harder to run.   So when using this formation if the offense runs the ball, the defense guesses Pass and a “1” is rolled on the white die then refer to the “Right” column on the Running Back’s Card. 

 

THREE WIDE RECEIVERS, TWO RUNNING BACKS

Replace tight end with a third wide receiver. Procedure is identical to three wide receivers, one running back offense except that strong safety would be responsible for third wide receiver in passing situations; thereby, permitting the free safety freedom of movement. If the blocking back's ability rating is needed on a run by a quarterback, use the rating of the highest rated back.

 

THREE RUNNING BACKS, TWO TIGHT ENDS

Replace flanker and split end with third back and second tight end respectively. Left cornerback and right cornerback are assumed to be covering third running back and second tight end in pass situations respectively. Increase each individual offensive linemen's run block rating by one (maximum is six).

Decrease all defensive player’s Pass Rush Rating by 1 (the minimum adjusted rating is 1).  In passing situations, the Free Safety automatically moves into the zone in which pass has been thrown (this applies to any receiver). However, if the Free Safety is positioned in a flat/look-in zone or on the line of scrimmage, or if he has coverage responsibilities or is double-teaming then this does not occur.  If the defensive coach is playing a short yardage defense and a short pass is thrown, assume the short pass zone to be defended by four men. If the blocking back's ability rating is needed on a run, use the higher rated of the remaining two backs. If the rating is needed on a pass, use the highest rated blocking back.

 

TIGHT END OFFENSE

Replace the split end with a second tight end. Play continues on a normal basis with one exception: If a pass is thrown to the flanker, the Free Safety automatically moves into the  zone in which pass has been thrown. However, if the Free Safety is positioned in a flat/look-in zone or on the line of scrimmage, or if he has coverage responsibilities or is double-teaming then this does not occur.  This is not a double team nor is previous defensive call of run or pass affected. For example, with the free safety positioned in the short pass zone, a long pass is thrown to the flanker. The free safety automatically moves into the long pass zone. The aforementioned described movement only occurs with passes to flankers. The right cornerback is assumed to be covering the second tight end.  Decrease all defensive player’s Pass Rush Rating by 1 (the minimum adjusted rating is 1). 

 


TWO TIGHT ENDS, TWO WIDE RECEIVERS, ONE RUNNING BACK

Replace one running back with a second tight end. The right outside linebacker is responsible for covering the second tight end. The remaining running back is designated as a fullback and is covered by the left outside linebacker. Decrease all defensive players’ Pass Rush Rating by 1 (the minimum adjusted rating is 1). 

 

If the running back runs the ball, and for example, a reading of “blocking back +5 or +1” occurs, then the run is for 1 yard since he does not have another back in the game to block for him.  If the running back is the intended pass receiver and “blocking back” comes up as the indicated pass blocker, an automatic sack occurs.  For all other situations where the blocking back’s rating is needed use the running backs rating instead.

 

NOTE: Ignore the Rule Revision printed on the roster sheet for the “Two Tight Ends, Two Wide Receivers, One Running Back” offense.  You may key on the Running Back at any time (we have done away with the “no-key offense”).  Unlike the rule on the roster sheet, a player who is rated only at Blocking Back cannot be used as the second Tight End.  Note: We have also added a separate “Blocking Back Offense” – see above.

 

FULL HOUSE BACKFIELD

Replace the flanker with a third running back. Play follows normal procedure with two exceptions: In passing situations, the Free Safety automatically moves into the zone in which pass has been thrown (this applies to any receiver). However, if the Free Safety is positioned in a flat/look-in zone or on the line of scrimmage, or if he has coverage responsibilities or is double-teaming then this does not occur.  Secondly, increase all individual offensive linemen's and blocking back's run block rating by one (maximum rating is six). The left cornerback is assumed to be covering the third running back in passing situations. If the blocking back's ability rating is needed on a run, use the higher rated of the remaining two backs. If the blocking back's ability rating is needed on a pass, use the highest rated blocking back.

 

 


OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES AND RULES

 

INSIDE THE 20-YARD LINE

The offensive team may not throw a long pass or a flat pass inside the opponent’s 10-yard line.  They may not throw a long pass inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (see next section for an exception to this rule).

 

THROWING FOR THE END ZONE BETWEEN THE 10 AND 19-YARD LINE

This option may be used at any time during the game, although it will most often be used late in the game when you need to throw for the end zone.  For example, say you are trailing by a touchdown and it is 4th and goal from the 17-yard line with time running out.  Outside the defensive 20-yard line this is not a problem because you can throw a long pass.  Inside the defensive 10-yard line is also not a problem because a short pass will always reach the end zone.  However, between the 10 and 19-yard lines you sometimes find you cannot score, even with most short pass completions.  When in this situation you can “throw for the end zone”.  When doing so, you use the Long Pass column to determine the outcome of the play (this is an exception to the rule that states that Long Passes cannot be thrown inside the 20-yard line).  Due to the compressed field always refer to the “2 Men” column on the team defensive card when “throwing for the end zone” (Exception: against a safety blitz refer to the “1 MAN” column).

 

WR REVERSE & DOUBLE-REVERSE

The Split End is eligible for the Reverse and the Flanker is eligible for the Double-Reverse.  Reverses and Double-Reverses always end up with the ball being run towards the right (strong) side.  To indicate the play on your Advance Play Selector, place one marker on the “Split End” or “Flanker” and another on  “End Run, Your Right side, Your opponent’s Left side”.  If the defense calls Pass and the right-side flat & the right-end blitz zone (the defense’s left side) are both unoccupied by a defender, then use the first column in the Wide Receiver Reverse Chart (note: this column is subdivided into sections based upon the receivers average gain).  Otherwise, use the second column.  Important: When rolling in the first column, roll all 3 dice.  If the white die is a 1, 2 or 3 then read the result from the first column (using the total of the red dice).  However, if the white die is a 4, 5 or 6 then ignore the result in the first column and obtain the result from the second column.

 

DRAW PLAY

When selecting the draw play you must call a Linebuck or Off Tackle run.  If the defense guesses  “Pass” then all linebackers positioned on the line of scrimmage have been fooled on the play – remove them from the playing board before determining the results of the play.  However, if the defense guesses “Run” then the defense has diagnosed the play properly.  In this case, refer to the “Keyed” column on the running back’s card and the maximum LB column on the defensive cards. That would be the “1 LB” column for teams that normally play a 4-3 defense, and the “2 LB” column for teams that normally play a 3-4 defense.  IMPORTANT NOTE: If the reading “LB in zone”, “LB in right part of zone” or “LB in left part of zone” occur but there is no linebacker in the zone then revert to the “0 LB” column for that dice roll to determine the result of the play.

 

Linebacker containment rules still apply when using the draw play.  The draw play can be used with the shotgun, but only with linebuck runs.  It cannot be used when inside the opponent’s 10-yard line since linebackers are always at the line of scrimmage in that area of the field.  Normal rules still apply for the  and  symbols when using the draw play.  If the wrong player is keyed when using the draw play you still refer to the “Keyed” column because the defense has correctly guessed “Run”.  Note: The draw play is designed to be effective against a defense that is calling Pass and blitzing the middle or inside linebacker(s).

 

SHOTGUN

Can be used with any formation (announce it with the formation).  Decreases all Pass Rush ratings by 1.  When using the Shotgun the only runs that are allowed are Linebucks (by any RB or QB), Linebuck Draw Plays and QB End Runs.

 


BLANK RECEIVER LONG COLUMNS

If a receiver’s Long column is totally blank (no readings in the Right or Wrong column) then he is not eligible to be the target of a long pass.  This rule does not apply to short passes because virtually any player should be able to get 15 or so yards down the field to receive a pass.

 

ADJUSTING RUN BLOCK RATINGS

In all situations where you must adjust a player’s run block rating, be aware that these rating increase from 0 to 4, 4 to 5, and 5 to 6.

 

OPTIONAL RULE: EXCEEDING LONGEST RUSH OR RECEPTION

In regards to long gains on runs, we suggest that a player may not exceed his longest rush one exception: If a player's longest rush was a touchdown of 30 yards or more, he may exceed his longest rush. A player's longest rush followed by a dot (found at the bottom of a player's running card) indicates a touchdown run.  For example, if the result of a running play is a long gain of 75 yards and the runner in question has a longest rush of 50 yards only, his run would be 50 yards. If his longest rush was 50 followed by a dot, his run would be 75 yards. This rule is suggested for pass receptions also.  IMPORTANT NOTE: This rule applies to all readings found on the defensive card or the quarterback’s passing card.  It also applies to “SG”, “Short Gain”, “LG” and “Long Gain” readings found on the offensive player’s card.  It does not apply to numeric readings (such as “+23”) found on the offensive player’s card.

 

The idea of this rule is to limit long breakaway gains by players who did not achieve them in real-life.  However, it is assumed that any pro-level player can achieve a minimum amount of yardage even if he did not record that in real-life.  So, for purposes of this rule, the minimum “cap” applied to any play will be as follows:  Running plays – 5 yards, Flat/Look-in passes – 5 yards, Short passes – 10 yards, Long passes – 25 yards.  For example, a player who had a longest rush of 3 yards rolls a 33 yard gain on the defensive card.  That run becomes a 5 yard run (not a 3 yard run).  NOTE: The cap does not apply to where interceptions are made by the defensive team but it does apply to where fumbles are recovered.

 

BLOCKING BACKS

On offense, players rated as BB (or Blocking Back) cannot run the ball unless playing in a two or three back offense.  They must then play the fullback position.  Some blocking backs are not given a running section on their cards.  These blocking backs cannot run the ball under any circumstance.

 

In all two running back formations, the blocking back is considered to be the running back not carrying the ball, or who is not the intended pass receiver.  For example, say a player rated as a HB (halfback)is in the backfield with a player who is rated BB (blocking back).  Say the BB runs the ball and the reading “blocking back +5 or +1” occurs.  The blocking back, for purposes of this play, is the HB since he is not carrying the ball.  If the quarterback carries the ball the blocking back is considered to be the higher rated blocker.

 

PLAYERS RATED AS “RUNNING BACK”

On offense, players rated as “Running Back” can play either the halfback or fullback position.

 


PENALTY SYSTEM

 

The penalty system is an optional feature. If you choose to use the penalty system, it will increase your playing time. However, in utilizing the penalty system, additional realism will result. The utilization of the penalty system necessitates the use of a fourth die.   The fourth die or penalty die (special black die) is rolled at the beginning of each play (kick, pass, or run). For each play, the penalty die is not rolled with any additional dice rolls generated from the initial roll. On a given roll, if the penalty die reading is X, a penalty MAY occur. Complete the play before attempting to establish the results of the penalty. Once the play is completed, roll ONLY the colored and white dice. If the white die's reading is 1,2, or 3, refer to the penalty section of the offensive team's specialist card. If the white die's reading is 4, 5, or 6, refer to the penalty section of the defensive team's specialist card. In each instance, the colored dice total refers to the series of numbers found in the penalty section of the specialist card.   The following readings can be found in the penalty section of the specialist card:

 

·         OFFSETTING PENALTIES - Penalties called on both teams, thereby, nullifying the play.

·         BLANK READING - No penalty occurs. Play results are not affected.

·         OFFSIDES* or OPPONENT OFFSIDES* - The team not penalized may accept the penalty (5 yds), thereby, nullifying the play. Any penalty reading followed by an asterisk found on the specialist card indicates an option for the team not penalized. NOTES:

§         Ignore these two readings on kickoffs (for both the kicking and receiving team). 

§         Offsides against the offense is rarely called.  Consider this an “Illegal Motion” penalty – the play is whistled dead and an automatic 5-yard penalty is charged against the offense.

·         NUMBER ONE to NUMBER SEVEN - Indicates a penalty against the team whose penalty section of the specialist card is being read. For example, on an end run, a reading of number two occurs to the team playing defense. Refer to the penalty chart to the type of play (run) and the penalized team's present field situation (defense). The result is a personal foul. If there is no asterisk following a penalty reading, the penalty is automatically added on to the results of the play.

·         OPPONENT NUMBER ONE to NUMBER SEVEN - Indicates a penalty against the team whose penalty section of the specialist card is NOT being read. Refer to the penalty chart for the penalized team in the same manner as above.

 

There are certain situations where the total yardage of a penalty cannot be marked off. These situations pertain to both the offense and defense and result in the penalty becoming half the distance to the goal line:

·         A 15-yard penalty occurring within the 3O-yard line (29-yard line to goal line).

·         A 1O-yard penalty occurring within the 2O-yard line (19-yard line to goal line).

·         A 5-yard penalty occurring within the 1O-yard line (9-yard line to goal line).

In these situations half the distance to the goal line (rounding down) is marked off. For example, if a 5-yard penalty occurs to the offensive team on their 5- yard line, move the ball back to the 3-yard line. This rule does not apply to defensive pass interference which is spotted at the end of the penalty unless the penalty reaches or exceeds the goal line in which case the ball is spotted at the 1-yard line.

 

An updated penalty chart is included with the computer game rules.  Use this in lieu of the one found on the X-Chart.  This new chart takes into account changes in the penalty rules that have occurred since the original penalty chart was published.  Other notes:

·         Only plays marked by a pound sign  (#) negate the play, so the play CANNOT be accepted.  All other plays can be declined or accepted by the opposing team.

·         Offsides on the Special Team Card CAN be declined and the play accepted!

·         Assessment of penalty on extra point or 2pt conversion: If the penalty is on the defensive team the offense can retry from the 1 yd line or enforce the penalty on the kickoff.  If the penalty is on the offensive team options are to redo the play (use the field goal range for the proper yardage for the PAT) or to enforce the penalty on the kickoff.

·         On kickoffs and punts roll the black Penalty Die only one time – on the roll for the kick.  On the return the black penalty die is not rolled.

·         For a penalty on a two point conversion use the section relative to offense or defense for the play (Run or Pass), not the extra point section.

·         Ignore all concluding line of scrimmage penalties that occur on scoring plays or when a turnover occurs. 


INJURY AND FATIGUE RULES

 

INJURIES

 If a three dice roll results in a triple number (for example three 5's), an injury has occurred. After you obtained the result of the play, refer to the injury section of the X Chart, roll two dice and look under the column indicated by the initial triple number roll. For example, if three 5's were initially rolled, refer to column 5-5-5. The results found here will establish which player has been injured.  (Note: An injured player with specialist duties may continue to participate in his specialist role only).  If the player to be injured is not in the current formation refer to the Alternate Injury Chart to determine the injured player.

 

An updated “Number of Games Injured” chart is attached, which replaces the one found on the X-Chart.   This chart takes into account the player’s real-life usage.  First determine the players Injury Rating by using the Injury Rating Chart.   For running backs calculate the injury rating using both calculations shown, and use the higher of the two numbers.   For players who are not included in this chart, assume an Injury Rating of 12 if they are listed as a starter or 8 if they are a sub.  IMPORTANT: If the player is listed as a starter then use the calculated injury rating or 12, whichever is higher.   After determining the Injury Rating roll 2 dice and refer to the Injury Chart.   Example: A backup flanker  who had 49 receptions  in a 16 game season would have an Injury Rating of 10 (49 / 5 = 9.8 which is 10 when rounded).  Let’s say this flanker was injured, and you rolled a 9 on the Injury Chart.  In this case looking at column 10 for a dice roll of 9 on the Injury Chart would tell you that he would be injured for 2 more games (in addition to the rest of this game).  If this flanker was a starter his injury rating would be 12, since that is the minimum to use for a starter. NOTE: Ignore all injuries when they would leave the team without a player at that position.

 

RUNNING BACK FATIGUE

The “Running Back Fatigue” rule helps limit the number of runs each running back can attempt in a game.  Refer to the Running Back Fatigue Chart to determine the number of rushes per game each player is allowed before fatigue starts to set in.  For example, a running back who had 125 rushes in a 16 game season would have no fatigue for his first 15 rushes, level 1 fatigue for his 16th & 17th runs, level 2 fatigue for his 18th & 19th runs and level 3 fatigue thereafter.  Here are the penalties for each fatigue level:

·         Fatigue Level 1 – Subtract 1 yard off all positive yardage runs generated from the offensive card.

·         Fatigue Level 2 – Subtract 2 yards off all positive yardage runs generated from the offensive card.

·         Fatigue Level 3 -- Always refer to the “Right” column in lieu of the “Wrong Column” and to the “Keyed” column in lieu of the “Right” column.

 

QUARTERBACK END RUN LIMITS

Quarterbacks are allowed an unlimited number of Linebucks and “Must Run” runs.  However, each QB is limited to a certain number of End Runs per game.  Some QB’s are not allowed any – they have “Do not select this play” printed in the End Run section.  For other QBs refer to the Quarterback End Run Limits Chart to determine the number of end runs allowed per game.  For instance, a QB who had 57 running attempts in a 16 game season would be allowed 2 End Runs per game (57/30 = 1.9 which is 2 rounded).  After the 2nd End Run he becomes a “Do not select this play” quarterback for the rest of the game.  Any QB who has an end run column is allowed at least 1 end run a game.  For example, if he had 12 rushes in a 16 game season he would still be allowed 1 end run even though 12/30 = .4, which rounds to zero.

 


PLAYER OVER USAGE

The computer game will have an option to limit player over usage.  When a player is over a certain percentage of usage then that player may have to sit out a game.  The default limit is 110% for quarterbacks.  For other positions the system is turned off by default, however if the system is used a recommended limit would be 110% .   A maximum of 2 players will be forced to rest each game – the two that have the highest usage over and above their projected usage.  Only one player from each category (running backs, quarterbacks and receivers) will be rested.  If resting a player would result in no players being available at that position (due to injuries) then the player will not be rested.  Player over usage does not take affect until the 3rd game of the season.  It is not in effect for the last game of season or for the playoffs.

 

Important:  A player must be averaging at least one reception per game (for Receivers and TEs), three rushes per game (for RBs) or five pass attempts per game (for QBs) before being considered overused.

 

If a QB, TE or WR has a certain level of real-life usage he will never be sat out by the overusage system.  Please refer to the Over Usage Exemption Chart for the levels.

 

For Running Backs the formula is: UPct = ((RR+RC) * AGP) / ((AR+AC) * RGP). 

For Quarterbacks the formula is: UPct = ((RP+RR) * AGP) / ((AP+AR) * RGP). 

For Receivers the formula is: UPct = (RC * AGP) / (AC * RGP). 

 

UPct is the player’s Usage Percentage           

AGP is the number of actual games played by his team 

RGP is the number of replay games already played by the player’s team

AR is the actual rushing attempts

RR is the replay rushing attempts

AP is the actual pass attempts

RP is the replay pass attempts

AC is the actual catches

RC is the replay catches

 

Example:  After figuring the percentage you must then figure each player’s projected total that is above 100%.  For instance, take a running back who had 160 runs in 16 games in real-life.  Say that fter 5 games of your replay he has 63 runs.  He should have only 50 based upon his real-life average of 10 rushes per game.  He is 13 rushes over. 

 

Let’s say all of the following players are above 110% usage:  There is one RB who is 30 runs over his projected total usage, a QB at 25 passes over, another RB at 23 runs over and and a receiver at 22 catches over.  Let’s also assume there are two QB’s on this team and the other QB is injured.  We would rest the RB who is 30 runs over.  We would not rest the QB because he is the last one at his position.  We would not rest the RB who is 23 over because we are already resting a RB.  Finally, we would rest the receiver who is 22 over.

 


ABBREVIATIONS

BB - Blocking Back

C - Center

D, DEF - Defense, Defensive

ER - End Run

F - fumble

G - Guard

Int - Interception

LB - Linebuck

LCB - Left Cornerback

LE - Left End

LG - Left Guard (when position) or Long Gain (when play result)

LILB - Left Inside Linebacker

LLB - Left Linebacker

LOLB - Left Outside Linebacker

LT - Left Tackle

MLB - Middle Linebacker

NT - Nose Tackle

O - Offensive

OT - Off Tackle

RCB - Right Cornerback

RE - Right End

Rec 2-tmd - Receiver Double Teamed

RG - Right Guard

RILB - Right Inside Linebacker

RLB - Right Linebacker

ROLB - Right Outside Linebacker

RT - Right Tackle

SG - Short Gain

SS - Strong Safety

T - Tackle

TE - Tight End

 


IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND CLARIFICATIONS

·         Inside the defensive 20-Yard Line

o        The offense may not throw a Long pass (see “Throwing for the End Zone between the 10 and 19-Yard Line” for an exception to this rule).

o        The defense may not use formations with 6 defensive backs (dime packages).

o        No defenders are placed in the Long pass zone.  Up to 5 defensive backs can be used, however 4 is the maximum that can occupy the short pass zone, so don’t forget to use the 5th player for other duties (such as double-teaming, safety blitzing, keying a running back or to help cover a flat zone).

·         Inside the defensive 10-Yard Line

o        The offense may not throw a Long or flat/look-in pass.

o        The offense may not use the Draw Play.

o        The Dump-Off Rule is not in effect.

o        The defense may not use formations with 6 defensive backs (dime packages) or the short yardage formation.

o        No defenders are placed in the Long pass zone.  Up to 5 defensive backs can be used, however 4 is the maximum that can occupy the short pass zone, so don’t forget to use the 5th player for other duties (such as double-teaming, safety blitzing or keying a running back).

o        No defenders are placed in the flat/look-in zones.  Linebackers must be placed on the line of scrimmage, however they can still be used to double-team.

o        Do not make an adjustment for blitzing linebackers on the Super Advanced Rush chart.

o        Linebacker Run Containment is not used.

o        The defense cannot shadow the quarterback.

o        Ignore the  and  symbols.

·         All look-in pass results of 0 or minus yardage are considered incomplete.

·         If a “D” is rolled in a pass rush situation (short or long pass where defense has called Pass) first resolve the sack attempt.  If no sack then re-roll the 3 dice for the play.

·         Yardage figures for runs or passes that touch or exceed the goal line are considered touchdowns.

·         All passes that exceed the back of the end zone should be considered a touchdown.  For example, a 13 yard short pass (as read from the cards) from the 1-yard line is considered a 1-yard touchdown.  (This is because the listed yardage also includes yards advanced after the ball is caught).

·         According to NFL rules, a touchdown occurs when a player crosses the goal line.  If a fumble occurs at or past the goal line then the result is a touchdown.  For instance, if the team is on the 3-yard line and an “F +3” reading occurs that is considered a touchdown.

·          ( ) - Disregard all readings found in parenthesis on running back cards.

·         The  symbol requires one man in the flat pass zone behind the running zone attacked, if not then add 10 yards to the play.  The  requires two men, if not 10 yards are added.  NOTE: IGNORE THESE SYMBOLS INSIDE THE DEFENSIVE 10-YARD LINE.

·         The Å  (aka “sniper scope”) reading is used with the Safety Blitz rules.

·         Returns from the end zone (Kickoffs, interceptions) that fall short of the 1-yard line are considered to be a touchback.

·         When adding to and subtracting from the Run Block Rating remember the ratings have the following sequence: 0, 4, 5, and 6.  If the rating was 4 and you needed to subtract one then the rating to use is 0.

·         A safety occurs on all plays where a loss of yardage brings the ball back to the offensive teams’ goal line or beyond.  For instance, if a -2 result occurs from your 2-yard line that is considered a safety.

·         Interception returns and loose ball returns are always optional.  Instead of attempting a return the team that has possession can elect to fall on the ball (the play is called dead at that point).

·         If an interception indicates yardage beyond the back of the end zone then the ball is intercepted at the back of the end zone and the player who intercepts it cannot attempt a return (it is a touchback).

·         For interceptions that occurs anywhere between the goal line and the back of the end zone an interception return can be attempted.  If the return yardage does not bring the ball beyond the goal line then a touchback occurs.


 

PUNT BOUNCE CHART

DICE ROLL

BOUNCE

2

-5 hits member of receiving team – fumble, roll for recovery!

3

-3

4

-1

5

+3

6

+5

7

+6

8

+7

9

+9

10

+10

11

+11

12

+12

 

 

BLOCKED KICK CHART

ROLL

RESULT

2

Offense recovers 2 yards behind line of scrimmage

3

Offense recovers 5 yards behind line of scrimmage

4

Offense recovers 12 yards behind line of scrimmage

5

Defense recovers 7 yards behind line of scrimmage

6

Defense recovers 11 yards behind line of scrimmage

7

Defense recovers 9 yards behind line of scrimmage

8

Defense recovers 11 yards behind line of scrimmage

9

Defense recovers 6 yards behind line of scrimmage

10

Defense recovers 8 yards behind line of scrimmage

11

Defense recovers 13 yards behind line of scrimmage

12

Defense recovers 15 yards behind line of scrimmage

Note: The team that recovers can attempt to advance the loose ball.

 

ADVANCING LOOSE BALL CHART

ROLL

ADVANCEMENT

2

SG

3

0

4

+7

5

+ 1

6

-1

7

+3

8

-2

9

0

10

+3 Fumble (roll for recovery)

11

+8

12

LG

 


 

WIDE RECEIVER REVERSE CHART

ROLL

Defense calls pass, does not have a man in its left (strong side) flat zone or left end blitz zone, and a 1, 2 or 3 is rolled on the white die

All other cases

 

Avg < 10

Avg 10-15

Avg > 15

 

2

Short Gain

Short Gain

Long Gain

Long Gain

3

-2

-2

-2

-7

4

+11

+11

Short Gain

0

5

+12

+12

+12

-2

6

-1 Fumble

-1 Fumble

-1 Fumble

-4 Fumble

7

0

0

0

-2

8

+8

+8

+8

-3

9

+5

+5

+5

-5

10

+9

Short Gain

Short Gain

-1

11

Short Gain

Long Gain

Long Gain

Short Gain

12

Long Gain

Long Gain

Long Gain

-4

Note: Avg = receiver’s average gain/reception

 

FAKE PUNT/KICK CHART

ROLL

FAKE PUNT RESULT

FAKE FIELD-GOAL / PAT

2

Pass completed to SE, Long Gain

Pass completed to TE, Short Gain

3

Pass completed to FL, Short Gain

Pass completed to SE, +12

4

If defense attempted block Punter runs for Short Gain, otherwise Punter runs 7 yards

If defense attempted block Kicker runs for 11 yards, otherwise Kicker runs 7 yards

5

If defense attempted block Punter runs for 9 yards, otherwise Punter runs 3 yards

If defense attempted block QB runs for 9 yards, otherwise QB runs for 1 yard

6

Incomplete Pass

Incomplete Pass

7

Incomplete Pass

Incomplete Pass

8

Incomplete Pass

Incomplete Pass

9

Incomplete Pass

Incomplete Pass

10

Punter runs 0 yards

QB runs 0 yards

11

Punter runs –2 yards, fumble

Kicker runs –2 yards, fumble

12

Pass intercepted +23

Pass intercepted +10

 

 

ONSIDE KICKOFF CHART

ROLL

RESULT

2

The ball travels 12 yards and is recovered by the defense

3

The ball travels 15 yards and is recovered by the defense

4

The ball travels 19 yards and is recovered by the offense

5

The ball travels 9 yards and is recovered by the offense

6

The ball travels 18 yards and is recovered by the offense

7

The ball travels 11 yards and is recovered by the offense

8

The ball travels 14 yards and is recovered by the offense

9

The ball travels 13 yards and is recovered by the offense

10

The ball travels 16 yards and is recovered by the offense

11

The ball travels 17 yards and is recovered by the defense

12

The ball travels 10 yards and is recovered by the defense

 

 

VARIABLE LONG GAIN CHART

DICE

LOC

1

2

3

4

5

6

2

Road

Neutral

Home

81

91

99

77

87

96

74

84

94

83

TD

TD

86

TD

TD

89

TD

TD

3

Road

Neutral

Home

66

76

86

71

81

91

68

78

88

70

80

90

67

77

87

69

79

89

4

Road

Neutral

Home

57

67

77

56

66

76

58

68

78

55

65

75

59

69

79

54

64

74

5

Road

Neutral

Home

38

48

58

39

49

59

36

46

56

37

47

57

40

50

60

41

51

61

6

Road

Neutral

Home

35

39

43

31

35

39

32

36

40

30

34

38

33

37

41

34

38

42

7

Road

Neutral

Home

31

35

39

32

33

34

30

31

32

33

34

35

30

30

30

31

32

33

8

Road

Neutral

Home

32

42

52

35

45

55

31

41

51

33

43

53

34

44

54

30

40

50

9

Road

Neutral

Home

45

55

65

42

52

62

46

56

66

43

53

63

47

57

67

44

54

64

10

Road

Neutral

Home

53

63

73

49

59

69

50

60

70

52

62

72

48

58

68

51

61

71

11

Road

Neutral

Home

63

73

83

61

71

81

65

75

85

64

74

84

60

70

80

62

72

82

12

Road

Neutral

Home

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

TD

 

2 MINUTE CLOCK

2:00

1:52

1:45

1:37

1:30

1:22

1:15

1:07

1:00

:52

:45

:37

:30

:22

:15

:08

:01

:00

 


PENALTY CHART

Number

Situation

Type of Penalty

Description with Yards

RUN – OFFENSE

1

LB Run

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

 

OT, End Run

Clipping

15 yards from original line of scrimmage

2,3,4,5

 

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

6,7

 

False Start

5 yards from original line of scrimmage (#)

RUN – DEFENSE

1,2,3,4

 

Personal Foul Roughing

15 yards from concluding line of scrimmage plus first down

5

 

Neutral Zone Infraction

5 yards from original line of scrimmage

6,7

 

Inadvertent Face Mask

If loss of yardage, 5 yards from original line of scrimmage,

otherwise 5 yards from concluding line of scrimmage.

ALL PASS and ATTEMPTED (e.g. Must Run, Sack) PASS SITUATIONS – OFFENSE

1

Completed Pass

Off. Pass Interference

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

 

Incomplete Pass

Intentional Grounding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage plus loss of down

 

Must Run, Sack

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

2,3,4,5,6

 

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

7

Incomplete Pass

Intentional Grounding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage plus loss of down

 

Completed Pass, must run or Sack

Illegal Procedure

5 yards from original line of scrimmage (#)

ALL PASS and ATTEMPTED (e.g. Must Run, Sack) PASS SITUATIONS – DEFENSE

1,2,3,4,5

Incomplete short or long pass

Defensive Pass Interference

Short Pass - 15 yards from original line plus first down Long Pass - 25 yards from original line plus first down

 

Completed pass, attempted flat

Personal Foul - Roughing

15 yards from concluding line of scrimmage plus first down

 

Must Run, Sack

Personal Foul - Roughing

15 yards from original (if sack or loss) or concluding (if must run gained yardage) line of scrimmage plus first down

6

 

Illegal Contact

5 yards from original line of scrimmage plus first down

7

 

Holding

5 yards from original line of scrimmage plus first down

KICKOFF, PUNTS, FIELD GOALS and EXTRA POINT ATTEMPTS – OFFENSE (Kicking Team)

1

Kickoff, Punt

Flagrant Face Mask

15 yards from concluding line of scrimmage

 

FG and XP Att.

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

2

Kickoff, Punt

Inadvertent Face Mask

5 yards from concluding line of scrimmage

 

FG and XP Att.

Holding

10 yards from original line of scrimmage

3,4,5,6,7

K/O, Punt, FG and XP attempt

Offsides

5 yards from original line;  play can be accepted

NOTE:  This can be enforced on K/O, if during XP attempt.

KICKOFF, PUNTS, FIELD GOALS and EXTRA POINT ATTEMPTS – DEFENSE (Receiving Team)

1

Kickoff Return

Illegal Block

10 yards from concluding line of scrimmage

NOTE:  Use 50 yd. line if return is greater (1st/10 @ 40)

 

Punt

Illegal Block

10 yards from where returner caught the punt

 

FG & XP

Offsides

5 yards from original line;  play can be accepted

2

Kickoff Return

Illegal Block

10 yards from concluding line of scrimmage

NOTE:  Use 35 yd. line if return is greater (1st/10 @ 25)

 

Punt, FG and XP attempt

Roughing the Kicker

15 yards from original line of scrimmage plus first down

NOTE:  This can be enforced on K/O, if during XP attempt.

3,4,5,6,7

Kickoff Return

Illegal Block

10 yards from concluding line of scrimmage

NOTE:  Use 25 yd. line if return is greater (1st/10 @ 15)

 

Punt, FG and XP attempt

Running into the Kicker

5 yards from original line of scrimmage. 

NOTE:  This can be enforced on K/O, if during XP attempt.

DEFENSIVE FORMATION CHART

DEFENDER

3-4

Nickel3-3-5

Dime 3-2-6

Prvnt 3-4

Sht Yd 3-4

 

4-3

Nickel4-2-5

Dime 4-1-6

Prvnt 4-3

Sht Yd 4-3

 

5-6

LLB/LOLB

FB, 4

FB, 4

FB, 4

FB, 11

1, 13

 

FB, 4

FB, 4

n/a

FB,11

1, 13

 

n/a

LILB

1, 6

n/a

n/a

1,6,16

1, 13

 

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

MLB

n/a

1, 3

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

1, 3

n/a

FB, 3

1,3,16

1, 13

 

n/a

RILB

1,7

n/a

n/a

1,7,16

1,13

 

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

RLB/ROLB

HB, 5

HB, 5

HB, 5

HB, 12

1, 13

 

HB, 5

HB, 5

n/a

HB, 12

1, 13

 

n/a

LCB

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

 

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

FL, 14

 

FL, 14

RCB

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

 

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

SE, 14

 

SE, 14

SS

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

 

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

TE, 14

 

TE, 14

FS

1, 2

1, 2

1, 2

1, 2

1, 14

 

1, 2

1, 2

1, 2

1, 2

1, 14

 

1, 2

extra DB1

n/a

1, 10

1, 10

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

1, 10

HB, 8

n/a

n/a

 

HB, 8

extra DB2

n/a

n/a

1, 15

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

n/a

1, 15

n/a

n/a

 

FB, 9

Other Notes

 

 

24

21

22, 23

 

 

 

24

21

22, 23

 

24, 25

 

NUMBER

NOTES

1

Has no coverage responsibilities

2

Starts in long, can move to any zone, may be used to double-team a receiver or safety blitz

3

Starts in look-in, can move to the blitz areas directly left, right and between both tackles and to either flat zone

4

Starts in left side flat pass zone, can move to blitz areas found directly left of left tackle and left end

5

Starts in right side flat pass zone, can move to blitz areas found directly right of right tackle and right end

6

Starts in left part of look-in zone next to lolb, can be moved to left-tackle spot, the left-tackle blitz area or the left side flat-pass area

7

Starts in right part of look-in zone next to rolb, can be moved to right-tackle spot, the  right-tackle blitz area, or the right side flat-pass area

8

Starts in short zone, can be moved to long zone

9

Starts in long zone, can be moved to short zone

10

Starts in short zone, can move to any pass zone, may be used to double-team a receiver

11

May be used to double-team the flanker (if so then FB is uncovered)

12

May be used to double-team the split-end (if so then HB is uncovered)

13

Must be moved to a blitz area

14

Put in short zone, cannot be moved

15

Starts in long zone, can move to any pass zone, may be used to double-team a receiver

16

May be used to double-team a tight-end (in 3-4 the tight-end must be on the same side of the field).

21

Must call "Pass" defense. 

22

Must call “Run” defense.  Cannot be used inside the defensive 10-yard line.  Cannot Key a Running Back with this defense.  Since the linebackers are up on the line the HB & FB are considered Open for passes, flat passes always have 1 man, short passes have 3 men and long passes have 0 defenders

23

Reduce all DB ratings by one, including the “Linebacker in Zone” readings since the cornerbacks and strong safety are responsible for covering the flat/look-in zones

24

Must call "Pass" defense.  Cannot be used inside the defensive 20-yard line.

25

Increase all Pass Rush ratings by 1

 


 

OFFENSIVE FORMATION CHART

COVERAGE

Pro Set

Tight End

Full House

3 WR,    1 RB

3 WR,

2 RB

3 RB,

2 TE

2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB

4 WR

Blocking Back

LLB/LOLB

FB

FB

FB

3rd WR *

FB

FB

FB

4th WR *

FB +

RLB/ROLB

HB

HB

HB

3rd WR *

HB

HB

2nd TE

4th WR *

HB +

LCB

FL

FL

3rd RB

FL

FL

3rd RB

FL

FL

FL

RCB

SE

2nd TE

SE

SE

SE

2nd TE

SE

SE

SE

SS

TE

TE

TE

TE

3rd WR

TE

TE

3rd WR

TE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJUSTMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FS FL Zone

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FS SE Zone

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

FS Any Zone

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

Pass Rush + 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Pass Rush – 1

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

Run Block +1

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

  

Run Block -1

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

BB High Run

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

BB High Pass

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

BB Lower

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

BB Back1

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

Short Yard

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

White Die 1

 

 

 

X

 

 

  

X

 

Off Onside End

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

 

* = Coach replaces either HB or FB with the WR, he is covered by the FS or an extra DB

+ = Coach designates the Blocking Back.  He must be rated 4+ Run blocker.  He cannot run the ball.

 

ADJUSTMENT

DESCRIPTION

FS FL Zone

If the FS is in the short or long pass zone he automatically moves into the zone attacked on passes to the Flanker (see rule for exceptions)

FS SE Zone

If the FS is in the short or long pass zone he automatically moves into the zone attacked on passes to the Split End (see rule for exceptions)

FS Any Zone

If the FS is in the short or long pass zone he automatically moves into the zone attacked on any pass that is thrown (see rule for exceptions)

BB High Run

Use the highest BB Run Block rating (excluding the ball carrier)

BB High Pass

Use the highest BB Pass Block rating (excluding the receiver)

BB Lower

If the Blocking Back's rating is needed in a running situation accept the lower yardage figure unless it is the QB who is running the ball.

BB Back1

If the Blocking Back is the receiver and BB comes up as pass blocker an automatic sack occurs if there is an asterisk rated player on the defensive line of scrimmage.

ShortYard

If Defense is Short Yardage & short pass is thrown assume short pass zone to be defended by 4 men

White Die 1

If offense runs ball, defense calls Pass and the white die is a “1” refer to Right column

Off Onside End

2nd Tight End's or Blocking Back’s block rating utilized for all readings of offense onside end (left side)

 


ALTERNATE INJURY CHART

 

Result From Chart

Alternate Position

Second Alternate

Third Alternate

 

 

 

 

HB

BB (BB formation)

RB (1RB 2TE)

3rd WR

FB

BB (BB/FB form.)

2nd TE (1RB 2TE)

3rd WR

TE

4th WR

3rd WR (2RB 3WR)

 

FL

RB (3RB’s)

 

 

SE

2nd TE

 

 

 

 

 

 

LDT (4-3)

NT

 

 

RDT (4-3)

RILB

1st DB (335 or 326)

 

MLB (4-3)

LILB

2nd DB (any dime)

1st DB (4-2-5)

LLB (4-3)

LOLB (3-4)

1st DB (416 or 56)

 

RLB (4-3)

ROLB (3-4)

LB (4-1-6)

NT (5-6)

 

 

 

 

NT (3-4)

LDT

 

 

RILB (3-4)

RDT

1st DB (335 or 326)

 

LILB (3-4)

MLB

2nd DB (any dime)

1st DB (4-2-5)

LOLB (3-4)

LLB (4-3)

1st DB (416 or 56)

 

ROLB (3-4)

RLB (4-3)

LB (4-1-6)

NT (5-6)

 

INJURY RATING

PLAYER

12 game season

14 game season

16 game season

HB, FB, RB

Higher of:

Rush attempts / 15 or Receptions / 2

Higher of:

Rush attempts / 17 or Receptions / 2.5

Higher of:

Rush attempts / 20 or Receptions / 3

QB

Pass attempts / 20

Pass attempts / 25

Pass attempts / 30

TE, BB

Receptions / 2

Receptions / 2.5

Receptions / 3

FL, SE

Receptions / 3

Receptions / 4

Receptions / 5

 

NUMBER OF GAMES INJURED

ROLL

15+

14

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

2

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

1/2

1/2

1/2

3

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

bal

bal

bal

4

no

no

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

bal

bal

bal

bal

1

1

1

5

no

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

bal

bal

bal

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

6

no

1/2

bal

bal

bal

bal

bal

bal

1

2

2

2

3

3

4

4

7

1/2

bal

bal

bal

bal

bal

1

1

2

3

3

3

4

5

6

6

8

1/2

bal

bal

bal

1

1

2

2

3

4

5

5

6

6

7

7

9

bal

bal

1

1

2

2

3

3

4

4

5

6

6

7

8

9

10

bal

1

1

2

3

3

4

4

5

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

11

bal

1

2

2

3

4

5

5

6

6

7

8

9

10

12

13

12

bal

1

2

3

4

5

6

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

 

no = no injury.  1/2 = remainder of this half.  bal = balance of this game only.  A number indicates the number of games in addition to this game.


 

RUNNING BACK FATIGUE

12 Game Season Actual Rushes

14 Game Season Actual Rushes

16 Game Season Actual Rushes

No FAT

FAT

Lvl 1

FAT

Lvl 2

FAT

Lvl 3

0 to 18

0 to 21

0 to 24

1-10

11-12

13-14

15+

19 to 37

22 to 43

25 to 49

1-11

12-13

14-15

16+

38 to 55

44 to 65

50 to 74

1-12

13-14

15-16

17+

56 to 74

66 to 87

75 to 99

1-13

14-15

16-17

18+

75 to 93

88 to 108

100 to 124

1-14

15-16

17-18

19+

94 to 112

109 to 130

125 to 149

1-15

16-17

18-19

20+

113 to 130

131 to 152

150 to 174

1-17

18-19

20-21

22+

131 to 149

153 to 174

175 to 199

1-20

21-22

23-24

25+

150 to 167

175 to 198

200 to 224

1-22

23-24

25-26

27+

168 to 187

197 to 218

225 to 249

1-24

25-26

27-28

29+

188 to 224

219 to 262

250 to 299

1-27

28-29

30-31

32+

225 to 262

263 to 305

300 to 349

1-30

31-32

33-34

35+

263+

306+

350+

1-33

34-35

36-37

38+

 

QUARTERBACK END RUN LIMITS

12 game season

14 game season

16 game season

Rush attempts / 23

Rush attempts / 26

Rush attempts / 30

 

 


OFFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERY TABLE

ROLL

SACK FUMBLE

LINEBUCK & MUST RUN

FUMBLE

OTHER RUN FUMBLE

RECEIVER FUMBLE

2

TE

TE

Center

Center

3

HB

FL

TE

LG

4

LT

LT

Other Side Guard

LT

5

LG

LG

QB

HB

6

QB

FB/BB

Same side Guard

SE

7

Center

QB

HB

TE

8

RG

Center

Same side

Tackle

FL

9

RT

HB

FB/BB

FB/BB

10

FB/BB

RG

Other side Tackle

RT

11

SE

RT

SE

RG

12

FL

SE

FL

QB

 
DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERY TABLE

ROLL

SACK FUMBLE

LINEBUCK & MUST RUN

FUMBLE

OTHER RUN FUMBLE

RECEIVER FUMBLE

2

LT/NT

LLB/LOLB

Highest rated LB

LLB/LOLB

3

LT/NT

LLB/LOLB

LT/NT

MLB/ROLB

4

MLB/ROLB

MLB/ROLB

LE

LCB

5

LE

LE

LLB/LOLB

Defender

6

LLB/LOLB

LT/NT

MLB/ROLB

FS

7

Defender who sacked QB

Keying FS, MLB or highest rated inside LB

Highest rated outside LB

Defender who is Double-teaming or Primary defender

8

RLB/ROLB

RT/NT

MLB/RILB

SS

9

RE

RE

RLB/ROLB

Defender

10

MLB/RILB

MLB/RILB

RE

RCB

11

RT/NT

RLB/ROLB

RT/NT

MLB/RILB

12

RT/NT

RLB/ROLB

Highest rated LB

RLB/ROLB

 


INTERCEPTION RETURN CHART

ROLL

RESULT

2

Touchdown

3

If flat pass: Touchdown, otherwise: +15

4

+25

5

+20

6

+12

7

0

8

+4

9

If flat pass: Touchdown, otherwise: +10

10

+13

11

+22, fumble

12

Touchdown

 

INTERCEPTION DETERMINATION CHART

ROLL

FLAT /LOOK-IN

SHORT

LONG

2

 

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

3

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

Defender

4

 

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

5

 

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

Defender

6

 

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

7

DL nearest zone

(if look-in pass vs. 4 man line randomly choose between LT & RT)

Highest rated

DB in zone

(if tied randomly

choose between them)

Highest rated

DB in zone

(if tied randomly

choose between them)

8

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

9

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

Defender

10

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

11

 

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

Defender

12

Highest rated LB in zone; if no LB in zone then defender

Defender

FS if in zone;

if FS is not in

zone then defender

 

RUN CONTAINMENT

Defensive Rating

White die reading where Containment works and the runner is stopped short of First Down

Def 0

1

Def 4 or Def 5

1-2

Def 6

1-3

 

QUARTERBACK SHADOWING

Defensive Rating

White die reading where Shadowing works and the QB is stopped short of First Down

Def 0

1

Def 4 or Def 5

1-2

Def 6

1-3

 

DEFENSE VS. FLAT/LOOK-IN PASSES

LB Defensive Rating

White die reading  to

check “1 Man” column

White die reading  to

check “0 Man” column

Def 0, 4 or 5

4-5

6

Def 6

4-6

n/a

 

3-4 PASS RUSH CHART

DIE

DEF

OFF

1

DLE

ORT

2

2nd High LB

ORG

3

DNT

OC

4

Hign LB

OLG

5

DRE

OLT

6

*

BB

 

4-3 PASS RUSH CHART

DIE

DEF

OFF

1

DLE

ORT

2

DLT

ORG

3

DRT

OLG

4

DRE

OLT

5

High LB

OC

6

*

BB

 

5-6 PASS RUSH CHART

DIE

DEF

OFF

1

DLE

ORT

2

DLT

ORG

3

NT

OC

4

DRT

OLG

5

DRE

OLT

6

*

BB

 

SACK REASSIGNMENT TABLE – PART A

ADJUTED PASS

RUSH RATING

Original player

 gets sack

Reassign to

another player

8

2-10

11-12

9

2-9

10-12

10

2-8,12

9-11

11

2-7, 11, 12

8-10

12 or higher

2-7

8-12

 

SACK REASSIGNMENT TABLE – PART B

White Die

0 Blitzing LBs

1 Blitzing LB

2 Blitzing LBs

3+ Blitzing LBs

1

LCB

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

2

RCB

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

3

SS

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

#1 Hi LB

4

LLB / LOLB

LLB / LOLB

#2 Hi LB

#2 Hi LB

5

RLB / ROLB

RLB / ROLB

#2 Hi LB

#2 Hi LB

6

MLB*

MLB*

#2 Hi LB

#3 Hi LB

NOTE: If a player rolled is not in the formation then roll again

* - If playing with 4 linebackers randomly choose between LILB & RILB

 


DUMP-OFF CHART

ROLL

RESULT

2

Split End

3

Flanker

4

Halfback

5

Tight End

6

Flanker

7

Split End

8

Fullback

9

Halfback

10

Tight End

11

Fullback

12

Tight End

Alternate List:  3rd Running Back, 2nd Tight End, 4th WR, 3rd WR, Blocking Back, Halfback, Fullback,, Tight End, Split End, Flanker.  

 

BLITZING LINEBACKER ADJUSTMENT CHART

Number of Linebackers blitzing in addition to indicated player

3-4 Defense

increase Pass Rush rating of indicated player

4-3 Defense

increase Pass Rush rating of indicated player

1

+0

+2

2

+2

+4

3

+4

+6

4

+6

N/A

 

 

OVER USAGE EXEMPTION CHART

 

12 GAME SEASON

14 GAME SEASON

16 GAME SEASON

Quarterbacks

250 pass attempts

350 pass attempts

500 pass attempts

Tight Ends

30 receptions

35 receptions

40 receptions

Wide Receivers

50 receptions

60 receptions

70 receptions

If a player has at least this much real-life usage then he will never be sat out of a game by the Over Usage system.

 

 

UPDATED SACK RULE PASS RUSH ADJUSTMENTS

3-man line, 2 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +2

3-man line, 3 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +4

3-man line, 4 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +6

4-man line, 1 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +2

4-man line, 2 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +4

4-man line, 3 additional linebackers blitzing (in addition to the indicated player)  +6

If primary receiver is correctly double teamed +2

 

 

 


 

UPDATED SACK RULE PASS RUSH CHART

PASS RUSH

Pass Block

Pass Block

Pass Block

Pass Block

Pass Block

Pass Block

RATING

Rating 7

Rating 5

Rating 4

Rating 3

Rating 2

Rating 0

17-15

61

55

28

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

14

53

48

25

98

88

37

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

13

45

40

22

88

80

33

98

88

37

100

90

40

100

90

40

100

90

40

12

35

32

17

80

72

31

88

80

33

98

88

37

100

90

40

100

90

40

11

27

24

13

71

64

27

80

72

31

88

80

33

98

88

37

100

90

40

10

18

16

8

61

55

23

71

64

27

80

72

31

88

80

33

100

90

40

9

8

7

3

53

48

20

61

55

23

71

64

27

80

72