Don't know is this much help but.. I haven't had time to play Madden 09 much cause I got it last week and been very busy. And making roster updates right now.
I haven't really looked at the franchise mode yet but what I can tell you overall is that Madden 09 is much better than 08. I have played couple of games already and the gameplay is much smoother and more realistic than in 08. Players movement is more real and they don't look like gorillas (I think they looked like them last year
) I haven't seen that late comeback this year so that should be ok. It's good to hear some play-by-play commentary other than that radio voice in last year's game.
I can't say nothing about the francise mode but what I've read it hasn't changed much from last year. I'll try it when I can but now I'll make those updates and start playing