No NFL team appears overnight with a playoff-caliber team. It takes good drafting, coaching, and wise free agency acquisitions. It takes time. Madden fans can be assured that the last two years of the franchise weren't all for naught. This year's game sees the franchise finally reaching an acceptable level on and off the field. There is undoubtedly work still left to be done before the series can match the glories of the past, but this is a noticeably better game the moment you pick up the controller.