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    Offensive Philosophy per FOF help file

    Offensive Philosophy in Front Office Football
    When you first play Front Office Football, the game handles your depth charts and game plans. If you want to do this yourself, you need to change the settings through the Controls – Options menu, using the Edit Single-Player Options screen. In multi-player leagues, commissioners control these settings for the entire league using the Edit Multi-Player Options screen.

    Once the AI is turned off, the changes you make using the Game Day – Planning menu are used during simulated games.

    If you’re accustomed to the way Front Office Football used to handle offense, many fundamental concepts have changed. As Front Office Football evolves, as it has for nearly 20 years now, so has professional football.

    Player Positions and Skills
    In Front Office Football, offensive players are closely tied to their positions. When a player gains experience, he gains experience specific to his position. You can change a player’s primary position, but it might change his ratings significantly. You’ll get an idea of how much the ratings will change when you make the position change.

    Offensive players can play out of position and gain experience for that new position, but they generally are more effective when their position matches their assigned position. This is very different from the defensive system, where defensive players can switch positions and play out of position without penalty.

    Some positions are closely related. Offensive linemen can play anywhere on the line. Running backs and fullbacks share many attributes, as do flankers and split ends (X and Z receivers). While it’s always best to keep a player in his exact positions, don’t change a player’s primary position unless it’s for the long haul.

    Players have physical attributes and they have offensive skills. The following physical attributes can be important when evaluating players:

    Weight: this is often the most important attribute for a player. Physics gives us the reason. The force on an object is equal to mass times acceleration. To move an opposing player, a lineman has to create a change in his acceleration. In order to do this, a player needs both mass and what we call explosion. Since everyone is playing on the same field at the same altitude, we can cancel out the role of gravity and substitute weight for mass.

    Weight can be controlled, to a small extent. During training camp, you can ask your players to lose or gain weight. Each player is limited as to how much he can weight train and in what direction, so you can’t transform a cornerback into a nose tackle. In Front Office Football, a player’s performance is reduced by the difference between that player’s weight and the ideal weight for the position he is playing on that particular play.

    Height: For some positions, height matters. Quarterbacks ideally can see over the rushing defensive linemen. Height matters more for quarterbacks than for any other position, but a quarterback’s weight does not matter. Wide receivers and tight ends can better compete for thrown balls if they’re taller.

    This chart shows the ideal weight for each player at each position in the basic offenses. Players closer to the ideal weight for their assigned position will perform better in games. Players who are further from the average height/weight ratio for their position might see a small decline in performance. This will be shown on the weight training screen for that player.

    Ideal weight chart offense
    QB 219
    RB 217
    FB 242
    TE 255
    SE 197
    FL 195
    LT 311
    LG 309
    OC 291
    RG 314
    RT 319

    Combine Numbers: Explosion creates acceleration, which is the other half of Newton’s second law of motion. A player’s combine numbers, therefore, lead to better performance on the field. Look at the bench press and the broad jump to see how much explosion the player creates. There’s more on this topic in the Annual Scouting Combine article – in particular what attributes are most important when evaluating physical skills.
    Every year, all players are tested in the combine events. Front Office Football does this because you don’t have actual tape to watch, as real professional coaches have.
    The following offensive attributes are also important when evaluating players. Keep in mind that the combine numbers and these attributes are heavily intertwined. Numbers are reported both as a player’s current level in this skill, and what your coaches think this player will be able to do once he has reached his full potential.

    Quarterbacks are rated for several skills unique to their position. First, they are rated for their ability to complete passes at various distances. Notice that with the exception of screen passes, these ratings don’t necessarily correspond to the pass distances associated with specific routes. That’s because each pass route requires a combination of slightly different skills.

    Third Down Passing: Passes in situations where the defense knows there will be a pass attempt.
    Accuracy: A quarterback’s ability to hit a receiver in stride, leading to longer gains.
    Timing: A quarterback’s ability to take advantage of defensive player miscues, leading to more big plays.
    Sense Rush: A quarterback’s ability to avoid sacks.
    Read Defense: A quarterback’s ability to read a defense, leading to less throws into double coverage.
    Two-Minute Offense: A quarterback’s ability to run the two-minute offense late in a half when getting the next play called and set up quickly is very important.
    Scramble Frequency: How often a quarterback chooses to scramble when dropping back to pass.

    Running backs and fullbacks are scouted for the following attributes:
    Breakaway Speed (RB only): Ability to outrun the defense once in the open field.
    Power Inside: Power running the ball inside.
    Third Down Running: Ability to get an extra yard or two on important third-down plays.
    Hole Recognition: Ability to find the right path to run against the defense.
    Elusiveness: Tendency to take chances, sometimes leading to longer gains, sometimes leading to losses.
    Speed to Outside: Ability to get outside the defense’s containment.
    Blitz Pickup: Ability to block blitzing defensive players.

    Receivers (running backs, fullbacks, tight ends and wide receivers) are scouted for the following attributes:
    Avoid Drops: Ability to catch what’s thrown in their direction.
    Getting Downfield (RB/TE/WR only): Ability to gain a little more yardage on a route.
    Route Running: Quality of passing routes, which leads to more catches.
    Third Down Catching: Ability to catch passes on those crucial third-down plays.
    Big-Play Receiving (TE/WR only): Ability to break away for a huge gain after the catch.
    Courage (TE/WR only): Ability to catch passes thrown over the middle of the field.
    Adjust to Ball (TE/WR only): Ability to catch a poorly-thrown pass.

    Offensive linemen, fullbacks and tight ends are scouted for the following attributes:
    Run Blocking: Ability to block on running plays.
    Pass Blocking: Ability to handle pass rush technique on a passing play.
    Blocking Strength: Ability to block a down lineman on a passing play.

    Offensive skill players are also rated for their ability to avoid fumbling, and quarterbacks are rated for their ability to avoid interceptions. But these are essentially hidden ratings in that your scout can not help you with them, and you'll need to analyze the statistics these players produce to evaluate how well your players avoid turning the ball over.
    Last edited by Higgs44; 07-11-2018 at 02:32 PM.

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