-Try to blitz on first and second downs but not on the third down. Your opponent may be used to rushing his throws and throw the ball right into your coverage.
-If you select a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense against any team, choose a play in which you blitz all your linebackers and have your defensive backs cover the receivers. This works about 90% of the time. You will average at least five sacks per game.
-Use the following choices with a base 4-3 defense. This defense covers pretty much all holes that most defenses have and will normally prevent any long runs or long pass plays against you.
SS: Ed Reed (Reed is better at the SS position than FS) FS: Brain Dawkins (another great FS option is Sean Taylor if you want a younger player) CB1: Champ Bailey (another great CB1 option is Deangelo Hall if you want a younger player) CB2: Marcus Trufant MLB: Brian Urlacher LOLB: Shawne Merriman (he is the youngest and the highest rated player) ROLB: Lance Briggs (Joey Porter is another good choice but Lance Briggs is younger) DT1: Casey Hampton (great strength and run stopping ability) DT2: Tommie Harris (pass rushing and tackling ability) RE: Dwight Freeney (only disadvantage is his size but his skills match up to that of Julius Peppers) LE: Julius Peppers