EA Sports will soon be developing Madden 15. It’s sure to feature sharper graphics, smoother play, and a more life-like feel as the newer Maddens always do. Here’s the most infamous problem with Madden: the cover. Who will be the face of Madden 15? This past 2013 NFL season featured incredible plays and explosive players. Let’s take a look at some possible candidates (in no specific order):
1. Andrew Luck:
People claimed Indianapolis only made the playoffs in 2012 significantly due to an “emotional high” from coach Chuck Pagano’s health issues. Guess what? They did it again in 2013, mainly because of Luck’s arm. Luck finished the season with an 87 rating, guiding his team to victories over rough opponents such as the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Denver Broncos.
Luck led a brilliant comeback victory over the Chiefs this postseason, receiving his first postseason victory of many to come. Luck led his team, pushing them through obstacles without Reggie Wayne at points, and an ineffective rushing game.
2. Russell Wilson:
Talks about making Russell Wilson the league’s 2013/2014 MVP are brewing hotter than tea in a kettle. Wilson had a phenomenal 101.2 rating this season, being a mammoth playmaker. Wilson may not have the glossiest stats, but he makes the plays when they matter the most, while taking excellent care of the football. He has a knack for keeping plays alive and coasting along until a play develops. His running ability also adds to his diversity. Wilson’s Seahawks are on their way to the Super Bowl; he’s been a great player for them
3. Jamaal Charles:
New Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has contributed a fine amount to the Chiefs’ new-found success; Jamaal Charles was alongside him, making life easier. Charles is a firework behind center that defenses lose sleep over. He’s an electrifying runner, accumulating 1,287 rushing yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Charles was bright in the passing game, racking up 693 receiving yards. He had 12 touchdowns this season, five of which came in a game against the Oakland Raiders. He’s a huge part of Kansas City’s formula, coming through more times than not. Charles is one of the best backs in the league.
4. Patrick Willis:
San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis has impressive stats, collecting 104 tackles and forcing two fumbles. However, even stats miss things, like the passionately beating heart a player holds. Willis is the core that strings this defense together. San Francisco wouldn’t have a top-five defense this season without him.
He’s instinctive, intelligent, and a ferocious hitter, changing the tone of a game with one punishing blow. Willis is an outspoken leader that solidifies the mold of his defense; players respect him. San Francisco’s had a pretty good defense over the last few years; Willis is an unbelievable defensive player who San Francisco would suffer without.