Crediting the Big Guys: The Best Blocks of 2015

Giving credit to the guys in the trenches who may not make it to the box score

Whether it's a false start or a holding call, the life of an offensive lineman isn't one that is going to get you a lot of pat on the backs and "'atta boys" from the casual fan.

Right or wrong, most people are just following the ball when watching the game live, and there aren't many who take the time to go back and re-watch to look for some of the intricacies that make playing in the trenches a mystery to most.

It's twisted because most of the top plays seen on weekly highlight reels are only possible because the guys up front are creating the opportunity for a running back to make a play, or allowing the quarterback to have the time to deliver the ball down the field to his skill guys on the outside.

With all that said, the video above is our version of an "'atta boy" for some of the best blocks by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015.

What started out with more than 30 plays had to be whittled down to just about a dozen, including a few from several different guys along the offensive line.

It should be noted that the Chiefs offensive line, which saw nine different starting combinations in the 18 games they played last season, is asked to move out in space in Andy Reid's offense, which you'll see in the video above.

Before you check out that video, or if you've already done that, here are three more examples of great blocks by the Chiefs in 2015:

On this first play against the Oakland Raiders at home, Spencer Ware runs it in from 3 yards on a pretty nice little designed play in the red zone.

Alex Smith fakes the handoff to receiver Albert Wilson, who is coming down the line of scrimmage on the jet sweep action, and then Spencer Ware, who is lined up in a three-point stance like a fullback offset to the right, takes the inside handoff and the offensive line does the rest as he goes untouched into the end zone.

This play should be on Jeff Allen's (left guard) highlight reel. Fact.

When you're talking about getting out in space and displaying some athleticism from an offensive lineman, look no further than rookie Mitch Morse in his NFL debut back in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

It's something Morse did often, but this was one of the first opportunities he had in a regular season game to display some of the athleticism that the coaches spoke so highly of when he joined the team last spring as their second-round pick out of the University of Missouri.

Jamaal Charles is credited with the 17-yard reception on the play, but Morse should be highlighted for even having the ability to get out in space like this. There's a lot you can do creatively with your offensive game planning when you have guys who can move like this and get down the field.

There's a reason Morse was named to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team.

We saw this play, or variations of this play, hundreds of times from the Chiefs this season.

Whether it was Travis Kelce or Jeremy Maclin catching it, Smith handing it off or just keeping it himself, these plays were often effective in bringing the focus to just a handful of people in determining whether or not the play would have any success.

More often than not on passes like this, the Chiefs found success on these plays because of the ability of the guys on the outside, who could be bunched in three-tight end sets. Fullback Anthony Sherman found himself out there at times, but they all have the ability to handle their guys in the blocking game.

So while we credit the big guys with their ability to take care of business in the blocking game, this play is the perfect example of what it looks like to dominate the blocking game on the outside.

The Chiefs benefitted from the Raiders sending their nickelback on a blitz, but the fake-run action in the backfield helped manipulate the play-side linebacker into enough movement to completely take him out of the play.

After that, Albert Wilson and Jason Avant handled their business on the outside and Maclin could have walked into the end zone.

These three clips and all the highlights in the video above just go to show how important it is to win in the trenches, and while we all love highlight reel touchdowns and amazing catches, they're only possible because of what's happening with the big guys up front, or the skill guys on the outside showing more than good hands and proper route running.

Let's not forget to give them their credit for these things as well.

A look at some of the top offensive line photos of the 2015 season

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