John Madden Explains Why NFL Teams Would Actually Benefit From Hiring Professional Madden Players

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With every new generation of football fans that come about, they really only know the name John Madden as the popular video game series that is coveted every single year.

The former coach and iconic NFL commentator made waves in the past few days when he went on record to state how the Madden NFL series could potentially crossover into the on-field product. During an interview with ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Madden suggested that teams could use the video game series to prepare for opponents.

“I would have a couple of young guys that are good, good Madden players, and hire them and put them on my staff,” Madden said. “And each week I would have them play our opponent. If the Raiders are playing Kansas City, I’d have one of them be the Raiders and one of them be Kansas City. And then I would run our players against their defenses and their defenses against our players. And I’d have them just check that out and then write up — this was good, this was bad, had trouble here and trouble there. I don’t know how much I would use it, but that’s what I would do.”

It may be a wild idea, but the video game series does offer various situations where different playcalls and situations can be tested.