The inside of the line, again, that's another one of those positions that I personally don't value that much. I look for the sexier players like Julius Peppers or [Shea] McClellin. I like those guys that have a little more speed, a little more athleticism. So you can have a guy who is good and solid, but I don't get too over-excited for a guy like [Melton].
He's got size, he's got athleticism, so what I like to do a lot is drop those types of guys into coverage. So if I'm playing a man-to-man defense, I'll rush Peppers on one end and have McClellin drop into a zone on the weak side. I like having that athleticism so they can play coverage in open field.
He is a wrap-up tackler. You love having a guy like him on the field, because you know that if you user-control him, he doesn't have the greatest speed in the world, but he has the ability to wrap up. He has solid hit power, and hit power is one of the most important ratings on defense. It's what allows you to jar the ball loose and cause fumbles.
Charles Tillman is a guy who you really like to have playing with a cover-2 style defense. So you have Peppers rushing on the defensive line, and Tillman playing press coverage on the outside. He has the ability to also drop back into coverage with solid speed.
But one of the things that was notorious a couple years ago in Madden was the strip button. It was basically the Charles Tillman move where he would come in and rip the ball out. That's something where you're going to have a lot of fun doing this year, especially with Tillman.
Biggest change in Bears game play from 2012 to 2013
Losing Johnny Knox was probably the biggest hit the Bears took in terms of their team from year to year. Last year you had the ability to have Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside, and then underneath you could run Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. Knox had 97 speed and Hester had 98, and then you had the two big targets out wide. It made it extremely difficult to defend the Chicago Bears
Effect of coach Marc Trestman on game play
Nothing's really changed as far as playbook goes. Usually what ends up happening if you get a new coach is you see the playbook change drastically, but the Bears this year, the playbook is mostly the same.
If you had to bet on one 2013 NFC North "Madden" team to use in a tournament, it would be …
… the Green Bay Packers. I actually have them on my big board as the No. 3 team in the entire game right behind the Seahawks and 49ers. You have a mobile quarterback with Aaron Rodgers. Real mobile. He's 80 speed. And you also have three big time receivers with James Jones, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson who all have 90 plus catch in traffic. So they're able to hold on to the ball in big time situations.
And then defensively, you've got Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett. And I'm a big fan of Jerron McMillian, a free safety and second-year pro.
Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor.