ESPN NFL 2k5 Help: Why can't I pass?

Ok, I'm really demoralized right now after my stunning 35-0 defeat at the hands of Ejay (nice game btw) and I'm asking for some help.

I just cannot seem to successfully pass the ball when I play multiplayer. In single player I do pretty decent but once I fire up Live, all I seem capable of is incomplete passes and dropped balls. I watch my opponents successfully pass into double/triple coverage while my open receivers drop the ball if a slight breeze blows against them. What the heck am I doing wrong? Is there some magic "Catch the DAMN BALL!" button I'm not pressing?

I would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks in advance...

I would offer my advice, but I honestly don''t have any good advice to give. I have games where I seem to be able to pass with almost near impunity, and others where I can''t throw a complete pass to save my life.

The only real advice I can offer is to go through the tutorials the game offers. Some of them are very helpful and informative.

Hmmm..

Don''t panic!

Aside from that, the game respond well to timing passes. For example; on a pass play if your QB automatically drops back three steps passing just after he settles on the third step is the perfect time to throw assuming you have a man open. If he''s not, don''t run and throw at the same time if you can avoid it. Don''t pass while running backwards. If you have a receiver running straight up (a tight end coming off the line for example) don''t bullet the pass at the back of his head, he probably won''t catch it. If your receiver is running across the field don''t throw at full speed either, he may not be able to catch it in time.

That''s all I got off the top of my head. The best advice I can give is hit practice mode in scrimmage, let the AI handle the defensive play calling and run passing play over and over again. Learn them. Learn the timing, what works and what doesn''t. It''s really your best hope for getting the hang of it.

There really is no secret, Lock. Just watch the receivers, throw to the open man, practice to know when you should lob it or bullet it. Practice, practice, practice!

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Rare form, Certis. Rare form.

I''m sure others can answer this better than I can, especially since I haven''t played the game much. On the other hand, this seems like a reasonably accurate simulation of football, and I spend a lot of time trying to read the defense. Do you have a streak pattern? Is the DB close or is he off the man? Where are the safeties, and where do they start heading when the ball is snapped? If you''re throwing up the middle, what are the linebackers doing? If they''re just standing there in zone coverage and you''re doing a crossing pattern, throw the ball right when your guy just gets past the LB. If you''re running a deeper route up the middle, see if your WR has position on the safeties and if the LBs are covering the play or not. Personally, I try to use the bullet pass for almost everything, except for fades and wideout streaks. Like Certis said, trying to throw before your QB is set can result in some pretty bad passes, so don''t do it unless you have to, and maybe not even then. Also like Certis says, go to practice mode and work on some plays you like. Take time throwing to the different receivers and you''ll learn quicker what works than playing a game. Again, though, I''m 0-1 in the league, and have probably played all of 15 games, so I''m not exactly the designated expert.

try enabling the zoom out on pass camera option. That helps you get a better idea of the coverage.

Well, it just seems like my receivers cannot catch the ball. They could be completely open on the field facing me/running their routes, I''ll let the game step my quarterback back automatically and when I see the golden moment to pass, the receiver ends up dropping it to the ground. When I first started playing ESPN I had a nasty series of interceptions when I threw bullets so I''ve been trying to lob frequently. Now I''m not having the interception problem but my players aren''t catching it either. It''s just maddening (pun! ) to me that I can''t seem to get my offense going.

try enabling the zoom out on pass camera option. That helps you get a better idea of the coverage.

I learned about this last night and it was a huge help. Amazing what you can find when you read the manual.

Ok, I''m done ranting, time to practice practice practice. And thanks for the laugh Certis, I needed it. If anyone wants an easy win on Live, I have been leaving it up and running all night lately.

"Lock&Load" wrote:

Well, it just seems like my receivers cannot catch the ball. They could be completely open on the field facing me/running their routes, I''ll let the game step my quarterback back automatically and when I see the golden moment to pass, the receiver ends up dropping it to the ground.

Ah. that''s the legedary ""Legendary"" setting.

Neo will be along momentarily to explain why this setting is teh sux.

"Lock&Load" wrote:

If anyone wants an easy win on Live, I have been leaving it up and running all night lately.

Finally, another one that''s as addicted as I am!

There''s a rumor that holding down Y as your receiver catches the ball makes them pull the ball into their body and hence not drop the pass as often. The rumor was started by my roomate back when we would play 2K3 but I swear it still seems to work for me in 2K5. But then again I can''t really pass worth a damn so take it for what it''s worth.