Madden has come leaps and bounds but you have the a casual group of people who have had a bad game of madden and write it off. They have been improving in every part of the game slowly but surely. Take it from someone who has bought and plays madden in tourneys and more than he should. They listen to people take into account peoples ideas who write ahead and let them know what they want in the game on message boards. There are people who care about the game of football who make the game. It's a difficult balancing act to appeal to the causal audience and to the true football heads. It's not 100% arcade or sim but a blend of both.
If you're actually competitive in said tourneys that means you don't playing anything close to realistic simulation football so forgive me for not agreeing. I've bought Madden every year too for Franchise with friends, and while I'll agree it's gotten better it's still a long ways off of what we should have in 2014. If you need any proof just take a look at what other EA studios have done with Fifa and NHL. Those are much more accurate representations of the sport.