Let’s start at this basic tecmo fact. When you guess run on defense you get better run defense. The problem is that tecmo tends to leave all the wr’s open. A smart player will have to either be really amazing at pass coverage or guess pass around 80% of the time. If your in the later like me then you need to learn how to contain runs yourself. This is containing running plays. Containing qb scrambles will be a bit down the road.
First thing first you must identify the best player on your team. If this player is a safety this is the ideal for run containment. On all runs a defender might follow you. Safeties rarely have a defender target them at the snap. Corners, linebackers and linemen are typically followed on certain plays.
Let’s start with the best running play in tecmo.
Assume you are going agsinst this playbook.
Here is how it will look at the line of scrimmage.
Here is the same pic with the defenders and offensive players labeled.
Now let’s not be the colts as they have zero good defenders. Instead let’s go with Pittsburg who has great players all over the place. We will start with Rod Woodson. Coach is cpu doing r and s and I am in control of Woodson. This is idea for nestopia. As the video goes I’ll rotate to FS then SS, then cb2, LB1 and LB2. You’ll notice CB2 is very difficult to do. So is lb3, lb4 and the defensive line positions. For now stick to lb1,lb2,cb1,ss,fs. In run contain do not out tap the runner. We are assuming we will be outtapped. You can tap a blocker like with the ss move but never the runner.
This technique uses your drones to make tackles. Which means it works no matter how good of a tapper you face. If you hit them just before the drones dive for them they will go down every time.
What you will notice is that Woodson can popcorn(a term for rb’s and defensive players who instantly knock off tackles or blockers) the wr that is the lead blocker. If you get to the bottom sideline for long enough the blockers ignore you. The ss has time to take out the first blocker. If you had a guy like Fulcher it would be instant because like Woodson he would popcorn the lead blocking wr. (The other reason to take out that lead blocker as quickly as possible is that sometimes he gets a chop block. A chop block is an automatic popcorn of all defenders. Even manned defenders. Otherwise a manned defender cannot be popcorned.) LB1 has to look out for the lead blocker. Lb2 has a clear path on the back wards diagonal. If you have enough hp always popcorn a lead blocking wr if possible. Here is the link to the video.
Now try LB3. Its possible to get rid of the defender. Run straight up and let him run into your lb2. Or you can run around in circles and try to hit the rb at the key moment. Next up is for you to set it up against the other r and s plays. Since at the line of scrimmage you cannot tell which run it is. Use the same players and see how they fair against r and s sweep l. The first run in the playbook.