Over the last week, EA Sports has been working diligently to produce the individual player ratings for each team in their new edition of the Madden series, Madden 2011. For those of you who are not familiar with what Madden is, it is the most successful sports series in history for video game consoles and will be available on XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and the Wii. The Madden series has been around since the early 90's and each year it has progressed to become an even more innovative.
The version of Madden today involves so many different options throughout the game allowing for the average football fan to be involved with the NFL to the highest degree. Game play options in Madden include...
- Franchise mode where you can take over any team and play an entire 16 game season
- Superstar which allows you to make an individual player at any position and play that position throughout an entire season
- Tons of mini games including rushing and passing drills, 40 yard dash and bench press
- Endless practice sessions to allows for players to perfect there Madden game
As many Baltimore fans have found out, the Ravens have been rated very highly in this years game with a team rating of 90, which is the 3rd highest only behind the Saints (94) and Indy (92). Now that the player ratings for the Baltimore Ravens in Madden 2011 have officially come out, lets take a closer look at how the people at EA Sports view the Ravens. (Legend for terminology at bottom of the screen.)
- The first thing that stands out here is the love that Joe Flacco is finally starting receive. Coming off of a very solid 2010 season, an 87 rating for our boy seems very fair. I do think that Joe has the strongest arm in the league, so the throwing power (THP) could possibly be a 98 or even 99, but a 96 is good. If Joe can continue to improve his game each season like he has already, there is no reason we could not see him with a 90+ rating towards seasons end.
- For those of you who are wondering why Marc Bulger is not on this list, he has not officially signed a contract with the Ravens, but I am sure these ratings will be updated very soon once final cuts are made.
More ratings throughout the story...
- Overall, these ratings seem pretty fair. To have 3 players in the backfield that are rated above 80 (two in the 90's) should tell everyone how good of backfield the Ravens have. Going into week 1, this looks to be the most obvious roster at the moment.
- Only problem that I think many will have with these ratings is what they gave Ray Rice. Towards the end of last season Rice was a 91 or 92 in Madden 2010, so I am unsure of what he has done during the off season to have his overall (OVR) rating drop to a 90. I also believe that his speed rating (SPD) of 89 is too low, as someone in another thread pointed out that Rice (89) was the one who beat New England Safety Brandon Merriweather (91) in an 83 yard touchdown run. I would say a speed rating of 91 would be fair for Rice.
|Wide Receivers and Tight Ends|
- What immediately stands out here is that EA Sports has the Ravens keeping 4 Tight Ends on the roster, which I think most of us will all agree is not happening. With the addition of rookies Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, things are not looking too good for 3rd year player Davon Drew.
- When the Ravens signed WR Anquan Boldin, I thought that a rating of 89 or 90 would have been fair for him, so a rating of 91 is very good. As you can see, they have acknowledged that Boldin is an injury concern by giving him an injury rating (INJ) of 80, the 2nd lowest for WR. His toughness (TGH) is a 99 however, so that is a plus
- Derrick Mason at an 85 is another rating that seems to be off a bit. Yes Mason is getting towards the end of his career, the man still puts up numbers that could deserve a higher overall rating. They did give Mason a 97 in route running (RRG), so at least EA Sports realizes that Mason is one of the best route runners in the NFL, as many of us Ravens fans will tell you.
- WR Donte Stallworth received a speed rating of 94, so he will be a very useful player in Madden 2011 allowing for him to burn most of team's #3 CB who are usually lower than a 94 speed. I will not complain about the 68 overall rating he got because at this point we really have no idea what kind of impact Stallworth will have, but I think it is safe to say that most Ravens fans believe that 68 rating will rise very quickly.
- Besides the Davon Drew, I agree that this looks to be the squad that will most likely be taking the field in week 1.
- When I first saw the ratings given to our O-Line, I was amazed by how good this squad is going to be this year. By far the best group on the Ravens in the game this year and it will only make Flacco and our RB that much better. This is one strong group.
- Incredible that Ben Grubbs received a 94 rating, this guy is on the rise of becoming maybe the best LG in the game. His jumping rating (JMP) of 18 sucks, but whatever.
- Love Birk's awareness rating (AWR) of 99, the guy is still one of the league's best Centers.
- One interesting point about these ratings is the pass block ratings (PBK) of LT Michael Oher and RT Jared Gaither. Being an avid Madden player, I have usually put the player with the better pass block rating at LT because the defense's best pass rusher is usually playing against the LT. So it might be a good option to switch the two players, but if you choose not to I do not see there being any reason to be concerned.
- Love the overall rating of 80 for Yanda, the guy is quickly becoming a bad ass SOB. The farm boy will be kicking ass and taking names very soon
- Only player they have making this squad that I do not agree with is Tony Moll. Don't know too much about the guy, but I think most of us here will agree that Ramon Harewood will probably receive the better opportunity to make this squad.
- Haloti Ngata a 94? Anything less than a 99 is uncalled for. We call him "The Baby Eater" for a reason.
- Even though NT Terrence Cody has a respectable overall rating of 72, everyone should take notice of the love EA Sports gave him in other areas. Of our D-Line, Cody received the 2nd highest tackle (TKL) rating of 92, the 2nd highest power moves rating (PMV) of 89, and the 2nd highest strength rating (STR) of 97. Take into account that all these ratings were just a bit lower than Pro Bowler DL Haloti Ngata. This guy is going to be a beast.
- Judging by the reports during the off season for the Ravens, it seems that Paul Kruger will indeed be making the switch from OLB to DE, so he should probably be added to this squad.
- What I immediately noticed when looking at the ratings for the Linebackers is that there are way too many on this list. Most likely at least 1 of these guys will not make the team (possibly 2) because of how deep we are at other positions.
- For the first time, EA Sports is starting to acknowledge that Ray Lewis' career is coming to an end. Ray has always been around the 97 overall rating and this is the lowest I have ever seen him. Still a beast though.
- Terrell Suggs power moves and finesse moves (FMV) ratings of 91 and 99 are very, very good. He is going to be a very good player in Madden 2011.
- One rating that I think Madden got wrong is Jarrett Johnson's speed rating of 72. This guys was one of our best defenders last year and guys that are this good should not be rated as been so slow. Hopefully this is fixed.
- Sergio Kindle looks to be a very good player in Madden as well. A 78 overall rating is very generous for a 2nd round pick.
- I fully expect Dannell Ellerbe's overall rating of 72 to shoot up to close to 80 towards mid-season once he takes over the starting MLB duties next to Ray.
- The first thing that stands out here is that there are a few players left off this list. Newly acquired Ravens Walt Harris, Travis Fisher and Ken Hamlin will all most likely make this squad, so this list should get larger.
- Judging by this list, EA Sports says we are only going to keep 5 CB on the roster this year. I do not see this happening at all and expect the Ravens to keep up to 7 CB on the roster considering how shallow we have been at that position late in the season the past few seasons.
- Glad to see Foxworth at an 82 overall rating, he is only going to get better.
- We have a very fast secondary, as most of you know, with 5 players in the 90's for speed.
- Tom Zbikowski getting a low swagger rating (SWG) of 45 does not make sense, but we will get into that later.
|Kickers and Punters|
- Sam Koch is going to boom some punts in Madden 2011 considering his 86 overall rating. Koch will be pinning many teams back on their side of the field with that kicking accuracy rating (KA) of 98.
- At this point, I think Shane Graham has the best chance of making this team simply because he is definitely a better kicker, but it is fair to put Cundiff on there right now.
- One thing I do not understand when rating the kickers is how they get the overall rating. In this case, Cundiff received an overall kicking rating of 70, but has a kicking power (KP) rating of 92 and kicking accuracy of 81. Considering that those are the only two rating that matter with a kicker in this game, how do they get an overall rating of 70?
So there are the ratings of your 2010-2011 Baltimore Ravens. Overall, this is definitely going to be one of the toughest teams to play against in the game this year and will be very fun to play with. Here are a few other general notes about the ratings that I have noticed.
- The Swagger rating to me seems to be one of the most useless and dumb ratings that EA Sports has ever come up with. What is this rating going to do for players in the game, give them better TD celebrations, draw more penalties, demand more balls? The other thing that Baltimore Beatdown contributor DT711 pointed out is that all of the white players on the Ravens have a very, very low swagger rating. Tom Zbikowski, Dennis Pitta and other all have a swagger rating in the 40's. So how does a player like David Reed who has done nothing in the NFL have a higher swagger rating than Tom Zbikowski who has been a very good player in this league? Here is an explanation of the rating I found which breaks it down a little more.
EA Explanation: The "Old Spice Swagger" rating determines the likelihood of a player to celebrate on the way to the endzone, or after a touchdown. For example, a running back like Adrian Peterson (99 rating) has a greater tendency to celebrate than Frank Gore (50 rating)… Not sure who started that rumor or speculation [about confidence]. It’s purely a set personality rating.
- Another thing I picked up about these ratings is that there are 55 players rated on this squad. Of course we all know that we can only have 53 come the start of the season, so a few players are going to be taken off this list, most likely coming from the LB or TE spot where there is an abundance of players.
Here are a few You Tube videos that are on the internet showing a little more about Madden 2011
- Gameplay of the Seattle Seahawks vs the San Francisco 49ers
- Gameplay of the New Orleans Saints vs the Indianapolis Colts with Drew Brees commentary.
- Gameplay of the Tennessee Titans vs the Detroit Lions
- In depth breakdown of many of the new features in Madden 2011 from the IGN E3 convention.
Thanks to our original informant of these ratings, David, for breaking the news to us with this story and link. As well as Bruce for notifying me of this very quickly. http://gomadden.com/news/footballgame/madden-11-ravens-ratings-fly-through/
Here is a link to anything else you need to know about the new Madden 2011, which should be the best Madden to ever hit the market. Check it out. http://maddennfl.easports.com/home.action
OVR: Overall Rating - SPD: Speed - ACC: Acceleration - STR: Strength - AGL: Agility - AWR: Awareness - STA: Stamina - TGH: Toughness - INJ: Injury - SWG: Swagger - JMP: Jumping - CAT: Catching - CAR: Carrying - SPC: Spectacular Catch - CIT: Catch in Traffic - RRG: Route Running - TRK: Trucking - ELU: Elusiveness - BCV: Ball Carrier Vision - STF: Stiff Arm - SMV: Spin Move - JMV: Juke Move - THP: Throw Power - THA: Throw Accuracy - TAS: Throw Accuracy Short - TAM: Throw Accuracy Middle - TAD: Throw Accuracy Deep - RBK: Run Block - PBK: Pass Block - TKL: Tackle - PMV: Power Moves - FMV: Finesse Moves - BSR: Block Shedding - PUR: Pursuit - PRC: Play Recognition - HPR: Hit Power
For more information on Madden NFL 11, check out the official EA Sports site: http://maddennfl.easports.com/