We know that for many of you, especially the Franchise Mode fans, the Madden series from past years have been a bit of a letdown. But we’re here to make the most out of it. After all, Madden 24 is the only NFL simulation football game we have right now.
Here, we’re going to guide you through five unique journeys to the Super Bowl, each with a different team and timeline. We aim to squeeze every bit of fun, joy, and challenge out of this mode, despite its shortcomings.
Short Term Project 1
First up, we have the New York Jets with the signing of Veteran Aaron Rodgers.
The jets are in a prime position to make a run for the championship. But the clock is ticking. Rogers is still in top form, but for how long? If you’re looking for a short-term challenge, the Jets are your team.
The goal: win the Super Bowl in the 2023 season or the next.
To keep things realistic and in line with Madden 24’s new trading rules, you’re not allowed to make any Blockbuster trades in your first season. Instead, focus on developing a strong connection between Rogers and sophomore receiver, Garrett Wilson. He’s a young talent with a lot of potential and developing a strong connection between him and Rogers could be the key to your success.
And let’s not forget about the defense. Under head coach Robert Saleh, your challenge is to build a team that can capitalize on Roger’s skills and Saleh’s defense of prowess.
In terms of gameplay, your focus should be on maximizing Roger’s passing abilities. Build a strong offensive line to protect him and develop a deep threat to take advantage of his arm strength.
And remember, Rogers isn’t getting any younger. Managing his health and stamina will be the key to your success. But you need to spend a lot of Madden 24 Coins to adjust these data.
Short Term Project 2
Next, we have the San Francisco 49ers.
This team has all the pieces for a championship run, but injuries, especially at the quarterback position, have been their downfall. With three capable quarterbacks on the roster, this could be their year.
Your mission should you choose to accept it is to take the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2023 or 2024 Season.
Your challenge here is to trade one of the three quarterbacks, Purdy, Darnold or Lance. This should bring good value to draft picks or players. Use these assets to get a good third-string quarterback and invest in the team to win it before the set deadline.
And don’t forget about the new Training Camp feature. Use it to ensure your quarterbacks are in top shape for the season.
In terms of gameplay, your focus should be on managing your quarterback situation effectively. This means making smart decisions about when to rest your starters and when to push them to their limits.
And remember, injuries are a part of football. Having a solid backup plan will be key to your success. Also, keep an eye on linebacker Fred Warner. He’s one of the best in the league at his position, and managing his development performance will be crucial to your defensive success.
Mid Term Project
Moving on to our midterm challenge, we have the Los Angeles Chargers. This team is well-rounded with a great quarterback, but inconsistency and repeated mistakes have held them back.
With no postseason win since Herbert took over at quarterback, there’s work to be done.
Your challenge: turn the Chargers into a consistent mistake-free team and aim for a Super Bowl win in the next two to three years.
You’re not allowed to fire your head coach for the first three seasons and you must focus on developing your current roster rather than relying on Free Agency. However, you are allowed to make one Splash in Free Agency each off season.
Remember, Madden 24 allows for contract restructuring, so use this feature wisely to manage your team’s salary cap.
In terms of gameplay, your focus should be on minimizing mistakes and maximizing efficiency. This means making smart decisions on both sides of the ball, managing the clock effectively and taking advantage of your opponent’s weaknesses.
And remember, consistency is key. A strong regular season is nothing without a strong postseason.
Also, keep an eye on running back Austin Eckler. He’s a dual threat player who can make a big impact on your offense. Balancing his workload to maximize his Effectiveness without risking injury will be a key part of your strategy.
Long Term Project 1
From the Indianapolis Colts, your challenge is to develop Anthony Richardson into a top tier quarterback.
You’re not allowed to trade Richardson or sign a new starting quarterback for the first four seasons. Your focus should be on building a team that complements Richardson’s strengths.
And don’t forget about the new XP progression tools. Use them to ensure Richardson develops at the right pace. Your deadline to reach the Super Bowl is the final year of Richardson’s Rookie Contract.
Make use of the advantages of having a Star Quarterback on his Rookie Deal and set up the team for the Super Bowl in this window. This means investing in a strong offensive line, developing a reliable running game, and finding reliable targets for Richardson to throw to.
And remember, development takes time. Patience will be the key to your success. But with the right moves and a little of luck, you could be hoisting the Lombardi trophy with the Colts in just a few short years.
Outside of Richardson, Wide Receiver Michael Pittman Jr is a player to watch. He’s shown flashes of brilliance in his young career. And developing him into a reliable target for Richardson could be a game changer for your offense.
Long Term Project 2
With the Houston Texans, your challenge is to turn the team around from its current state.
You’re not allowed to make any Blockbuster trades and you must put your faith in the young stars they have drafted. These players are off limits for trades.
However, you should focus on signing top Free Agents while ensuring you have the cap room to make a Splash. Once your team is ready, your focus should be on making smart draft picks and developing your young players.
Remember, the Rookie Scouting and Draft system in Madden 24 will have more variety in the auto-generated draft classes, so use this to your advantage. This means investing in young talent, developing a strong defense, and building a reliable running game.
And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Turning the Texans around will be a long-term project, but the payoff will be worth it. With patience and smart management, you could be leading the Texans to the Super Bowl.
On defense, keep an eye on Jonathan Greenard. He’s a young player with a lot of potential. Developing him into a dominant pass rusher could be a key part of turning the Texans defense around.
There you have it - five unique challenges with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans. Each team presents a unique journey to the Super Bowl, whether you’re looking for a short-term sprint or a long-term rebuild.
Remember, Madden 24’s Franchise Mode gives you the tools to shape your team’s destiny. So, whether you’re developing a Rookie QB, managing a veterans health or building through the Draft, the power is in your hands.