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Most critical components for "team make-up" ?

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Hopefully a guy or 2 from my crew can chime in with their list, but it'll probably be pretty similar.  


1.  Overall player personnel.  

49ers have an elite QB/WR/DB(Lott).  Giants have elite pair of LBs.  Bears are star studded from top to bottom.  These are good teams to start with. 

Personally I love an elite RB.  Payton or Dickerson.  They stress the defense a lot and makes it easy to pick apart a defense that's calling a lot of run plays.


2.  Playbook

No matter how bad your QB, RB or WRs are, if you have the right playbook, you will be able to compete, and move the ball on any defense.

Indy has the best playbook in all of Tecmo Bowl.  Trudeau's arm strength blows, but the routes are spread out nicely, and they can dink and dunk down the field.  Having RB Eric Dickerson helps out too.  See my point above.  WSH has a horrendous playbook, but if they had Dickerson, they'd be quite a bit more potent offensively.      


3.  Punting/Field position

There's Sean Landeta uncoiling 76 yard punts, and then there's guys like Rich Rodriguez/Mike Horan only sending them 55 yards.  In those match-ups it's a game long 21 yard advantage.  


4.  Kick returners

I've seen Gerald McNeil and Dennis Gentry each take 2 returns to the house in 1 game.  I've witnessed Gentry rattle off 5 KRTD's over a 5 game span.  They can impact the game in the biggest way, however punting and field position is more common and prevalent facet of the game.  Kick retruners are wildcard, but they're always one lucky dive away from doing no damage.  


5.  Field goal blocking.  

As per our rules, the LB position only can attempt to block field goals, making Lawrence Taylor quite the commodity.  Over looked is the blocking ability of the Colts Duane Bickett, as he can block kicks from the 30 yardline and further out.  However, the original 1989 Tecmo only had these 2, so they don't have a huge impact the game.  


The 1990 Japan version included some 30 + guys like Rufus Porter, and Clay Matthews.  Charles Haley was a guy who could block kicks from about 15-20 yardline, and LT is still LT.  In the bigger picture, these guys don't get many opportunities to impact the game, but when your opponent always has to reach your 25 to be a lock for 3 points, it certainly an added bonus.


6.  Field goal kickers

The worst kickers require you to reach the 37/38 yard line to hit a FG.  The best can hit from the 45/46. Nearly one less 1st down can be the difference between the best and worst here.    

Edited by Tecmo-Mad-Brad

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--Bears have the most talented team from top to bottom.  Payton, Gentry(KR) a a slew of fast defenders, and an elite kicker.  They have more top shelf guys than any other team.  The playbook holds them back offensively.  Giants have an equally great defense, but instead of having 3 elite guys....1 at every level like the Bears, they just have 2 elite LBs in Banks and LT.  With that said, the positions Banks and LT play make them primed to stop the run better than Chicago. New York can also play any sort of pass coverage....which the Bears can't quite do either.  Bears have quantity, but the Giants have a little more quality.  The effectiveness of either depends on which offense/playbook they are facing.


With all of that said, when you look at playbook match-ups, the Bears are the quintessential defense to shut down the Giants offense.  Way better personnel grouping than San Fran for example, to hammer the Giants middling offense.  Going a step further the Giants defense with Banks/LT is a bit better suited to combat the 49ers offense than the Bears.  Giants defense holds Chicago down better than SF though.  Bears/Giants/49ers have an interesting rock paper scissors effect.  


--The Colts being a perennial championship contender in our season play because of playbook.  No secret Trudeau's arm strength is weak, but the WR routes are so far spread out, that with some time in the pocket, you can identify the open guy after the routes are completely run.  Not even LT can cover that much ground with their spacing.  That great passing playbook allows for Indy to roll down the field with 6-7 yard passes.  Dickerson will eventually get his as the defense has to mix it up and relent from calling run plays.  Dickerson however is the key though.  Put Timmy Smith in that offense with Trudeau, and the Colts aren't nearly as effective.



Edited by Tecmo-Mad-Brad

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Lost in the mix is the actual human player's ability here.  Playing in a lot of tournaments, I've seen guys that try to play "Marino ball" and throw it around, but with poor results.  They aren't familiar with the team they're using, don't have the timing down to throw into certain windows, or can't easily manipulate and guide defenders around to where they need to.  They need to run the ball even if they don't have a great RB, and try to manage the game best they can and wait for the opponent to make the mistakes. 

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