I played Madden on the Sega Genesis since 1993 and switched to the PC version when it first came out. This was the one that killed my enjoyment of it. They turned all the play action passes into pitchbacks. I hate pitchbacks.
With the lackluster control pad support/implementation aside, if you're a PC gamer wanting NFL action, Madden 2005 is the game to get as there literally is no contest, but don't think EA take it easy because of this, as Madden 2005 is the PC's best yet by far.