Christine Michael’s Agility To Be Fixed in Madden 15
Christine Michael could very well be the future of the Seattle Seahawks backfield, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his ratings in Madden NFL 15. After a brief discussion with ratings czar Donny Moore, however, it appears changes may be looming.
There are always players that slip through the cracks in Madden NFL when it comes to their just dues in ratings, as you can’t realistically expect every single player to be graded appropriately in every single aspect of their game. We did, however, notice something very wrong with the agility ratings of RB Christine Michael.
Michael boasted some of the best agility metrics at his position at the NFL combine, pulling in top five results in both the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle among all players since 2006. If there is anything Michael does exceptionally well, it’s move laterally, and it’s part of why he is considered such a freak by fantasy football experts (his 43 inch vertical leap is another).
Christine Michael Has Wildly Underrated Agility
Slice and dice the agility metrics any way you want, Christine Michael has elite athleticism, particularly for a man that rumbles and tumbles at 220 pounds. That’s why, more than anything, it stood out to us when we saw he only had 82 agility in Madden NFL 15.
82. Good lord.
For comparison, Marshawn Lynch has 85 agility. Heck, Shonn Greene has 79 which isn’t too far off from 82. Perhaps most complexing is that rookie RB Bishop Sankey has a 91, while Michael bested him or pulled near-exact numbers in key agility tests at the NFL combine.
For sure, this is not what 82 agility looks like.
Madden NFL 15’s Donny Moore Took Notice
— Donny Moore (@Donny_Moore) August 7, 2014
I tweeted out my concerns to Madden 15 ratings czar Donny Moore, and it appears he got the message.
It’s likely that Michael’s agility was so low because he’s not the type of runner that often makes use of it on game film, so it’s easy to overlook. But when he does, watch out.
It’s great to see EA’s ratings guru be so receptive to change when provided evidence, and I think it’s safe to say we can expect some significant increases to Christine Michael’s agility come launch-day roster patch.
Madden NFL 15 will be available on August 26th, and will even feature an Ultimate Edition for MUT fans. Seahawks fans might also be interested to know that the Legion of Boom is taking over the start screen.