I’m back for my weekly spin around the offensive line world and there are a few underrated storylines I’m following in the NFL. Before I get into those, it’s important I give a shoutout to the work of the Joe Moore Award committee, something I’m proud to be a part of.
The Joe Moore Award honors an entire offensive line unit, not just a single player in college football. Our committee is uniquely qualified to evaluate the position. We have access to the film. We watch the film. We talk daily. We take this award seriously, as do the offensive linemen and coaches in college football. We have just voted and released our three finalists: the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners, and Georgia Bulldogs. Congrats to these three deserving units.
At the end of this article, I’ve included a clip of Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams to highlight the award. It’s part of my disrespectful blocks of the week video, so please enjoy!
Phillip Lindsay is taking the NFL by storm — with a banged-up Broncos OL
There’s a remarkable story happening in Denver right now. Undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay is leading the NFL in yards per carry for running backs with at least 100 attempts. He’s averaging 6.1 yards per attempt while he’s living at his parents’ house in Denver! Lindsay is doing this behind a beat-up offensive line, too. Center Matt Paradis and guard Ron Leary are out for the season.
So credit the coaching staff for getting the backups prepared and coached up. I hope Lindsay can keep up this pace. Such a cool story.
The Ravens OL is making life easier for Lamar Jackson
I wrote about the Ravens-Chiefs game in my gambling picks for this week. Even though the Ravens have played some poor rushing defenses during Lamar Jackson’s first three starts, they still deserve praise for their work. You don’t gain over 200 yards in each of the last three games by accident. And I expect this unit to do work again this weekend against the Chiefs’ run defense, which ranks 32nd in the league according to Football Outsiders.
The Ravens must hope to play from ahead so they can keep this run-first style of play. Get behind, and they are screwed.
What a bounce-back for the Giants OL!
The Giants offensive line struggled early in the season. It was ugly at times. However, they were breaking in almost a brand new offensive line. They benched and then cut both their right tackle and right guard. They inserted a new center early in the season. They were breaking in a rookie left guard, and they signed Nate Solder to man left tackle. The entire unit started slow.
Now they are playing so much better. The addition of former Rams guard Jamon Brown into the lineup at right guard has settled the unit down. People often overlook the right guard, but they are vital in pass protection. A right guard must set firm to allow a right-handed quarterback to step up in the pocket. If the right guard is soft and gets pushed backward, it limits a right-handed quarterback from stepping up in the pocket. So good work Brown and the Giants unit. They seem to be jelling finally.
And now, for the best blocks of the week. This week, we’ve got Eagles center Jason Kelce taking out two Washington defenders, Giants tight end Evan Engram running over Khalil Mack, and Alabama’s Jonah Williams driving his Georgia opponent to the ground with perfect technique.
You can check out the video below or on my Facebook page.
DISRESPECTUL BLOCKS OF THE WEEK IS HERE! Y'all... your favorite video of the week is here. Watch this first block by Jason Kelce. He's blocking a linebacker 20 yards downfield and then just knocks down a defensive back! lol... Also included is the block by Bama's Jonah Williams and more!!! Let me know which is your favoritePosted by Geoff Schwartz on Thursday, December 6, 2018