I couldnt bring myself to do it this year. For me, the most enjoyable parts of these games are the in-depth labors of love that make their way into various games modes, namely franchise, and such. Deep presentation both during games and between them, and such. For me, 'more realistic football' shouldnt be the main selling point year in and year out as it has been for the sole reason that they are hyping up areas of the game that should be inherent to the game itself. Passing is a fundamental bedrock of the sport, so why is "IMPROVED PASSING CONTROLS #MADDENSEASON #MADDENTHEMOVIE" on the cover of the box every year? those things should already have been understood as an intrinsically woven into the experience, not the main reason i should drop more money on the game.
I never played 2k5, but the early 2k games did this well for the time and i loved those. Madden had a stretch though where they did some interesting things, and as much as devout EAites will hate hearing it, 2k still has the market cornered on this kind of thing. NBA 2k's commentary is incredible and the presentation is remarkable. MyCareer, franchise, etc etc is all a deep, entertaining experience that they spend serious time improving every year.
The worst part about this is that Mike knows we run an up tempo offense well-the man is just a mule. He is absolutely bound and determined to make the offense play the way he wants it to play and he wastes the opening months of the year every season trying to make it so until our back is against the wall and he has no choice but to adapt. Then come the panthers.com fluff pieces start about the coaching staff having a 'revelation' and that they learned to play to the team's strengths until next season starts and the process begins anew.