Hello Arrowhead Pride, let's just get this out of the way. Maybe we'll try this one because it's been a while. In all seriousness, glad to be back posting instead of lurking around like I've been doing for a while.
My first article in this new weekly breakdown on Arrowhead Pride will be highlighting a few plays from the Chiefs offensive line against the Jaguars.
At this point I don't think it's a surprise to tell you this group did pretty well. But for anyone who hasn't seen the data, they're Pro Football Focus' top run-blocking offensive line and No. 3 in pass blocking. Every member of the offensive line received a positive grade in pass protection, and only right tackle Eric Fisher earned a negative grade in run blocking. Those are the numbers.
While numbers can be fun to look at I find that pictures tend to tell a better story. So let's take a look at three different plays from the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line last Sunday against the Jaguars.First play: Jamaal's 7-yard gain
This first play is a 1st-and-10 inside trap that resulted in a 7-yard carry for Jamaal Charles.
You'll see before the snap the blocking responsibilities for the Chiefs offensive linemen. Left tackle Branden Albert is sealing his man off from chasing the play down the backside, left guard Jeff Allen is 'trapping' the defensive tackle highlighted by the red square. Center Rodney Hudson is also responsible for sealing his man off and creating a lane for Charles to run through.
It gets interesting on the right side of the offensive line on this particular play. Right guard Geoff Schwartz is responsible for the weakside linebacker, and right tackle Eric Fisher gives a free release to the defensive tackle and heads to the second level where he'll encounter the strong safety. The defensive end is given a lane as tight end Anthony Fasano takes on the linebacker coming off the edge in a two-point stance.
In this shot you can see Jeff Allen pulling for the 'trap' block while Albert and Hudson get set to 'seal' the lane for Charles. Their feet have been set and their shoulders have turned.
You can see Eric Fisher (highlighted by yellow box) willingly allowing the defensive tackle to get up the field. Fisher is using a swim move that's normally seen by pass rushers to get through to the second level in run blocking.
The red box shows the 'trap' block from Allen on the defensive tackle that was just let through by Fisher. Albert and Hudson have sealed the backside of the play perfectly and Schwartz and Fisher (yellow lines) are on their way to the second level to take on their responsibilities.
The defensive end (#90) will have one lane to try and fill to stop Charles for a short gain.
This view right here shows you all of the seals to make this a positive gain. Fasano has his man sealed off as does Allen on the same side pushing his man to the bottom of the screen. Albert, Hudson and Schwartz all have their men sealed and it's just a matter of whether or not the defensive end (red circle) will be able to meet and tackle Charles in the lane that appears to have been opened for the hole.
You can also see what's setting up for right tackle Eric Fisher. He's one-on-one in space against rookie strong safety Jonathan Cyprien (who is still one of my favorite players and was my first player interview in Mobile at the Senior Bowl).
Here's a look at where everyone is at when Charles breaks the tackle of the defensive end (blue box). This is picture perfect from the Chiefs offensive line, and now it's just up to Fisher in space against the safety.
Fisher missed the block and Cyprien made the tackle to keep Charles to just a 7-yard gain on first down. I'm not sure how many tackles could make that play in space. It'd be one thing if they were in a phone booth and the safety didn't have space to his advantage, but this was set up more perfectly for Cyprien to beat the block than it was for Fisher to make that play. But hopefully it's a play we can see Fisher make in the future because everything else was perfect from the offensive line.Second play: Cyrus Gray's 9-yard gain
This next play is from our franchised left tackle Branden Albert on Cyrus Gray's 9-yard gain on first down midway through the second quarter.
This quadrant picture shows the athletic ability of Albert, who graded out as the Chiefs best offensive player against the Jaguars according to Pro Football Focus. Derrick Johnson was the top overall player for the Chiefs with Albert coming in second overall.
Albert uses a swim move to get past the defensive lineman and to the second level. To understand how quickly Albert made this move, look no further than Anthony Fasano, who was lined up right next to Albert in a three-point stance. Fasano wasn't covered up and immediately released down the field off the snap, and yet he's no farther down than Albert, who had a defensive end lined up right across from him.
Once Albert gets a free lane to the linebacker like he does in these bottom two pictures, that LB isn't going to be much of a factor for the rest of the play.Third play: Jamaal's 18-yard run
This next play is an 18-yard run from Charles on the counter-draw with the Chiefs just outside of the red zone. The next play was the touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway.
On this play you'll notice that Hudson chips the inside shoulder of the defensive tackle lined up off his right shoulder, then proceeds on to the second level. This turns the body of the defensive tackle and helps Schwartz gain inside position and seal him off from the play. It's a great display of interior OL working together.
On the left side, Allen does a great job of getting inside position on the other defensive tackle and Albert sets his feet to run the defensive end up the field.
On the right side you can see the defensive tackle getting turned by the chip from Hudson, who will peel off and proceed to the second level. Schwartz then does a great job of getting his body around and positioned to seal off the DT.
Anthony Sherman is responsible for the outside backer and the key block on this run. At least the block that made it into an 18-yard gain instead of an 8-yard gain.
Here's a fantastic view of the lane Charles is about to run through and the blocks at the second level about to take place. Allen and Schwartz have the initial lane sealed (as shown by the two red boxes).
Sherman and Hudson are now the two blockers at the second level responsible for the play gaining more than just a few yards.
Block 1 - Schwartz finishes off two guys on the backside of the play.
Block 2 - Hudson got to the second level (after chipping DT) and held the block long enough for Charles to get through.
Block 3 - Sherman completely seals off the outside linebacker and allows Charles to burst through the hole and pick up the big gain.
This was a closer look at just three plays from a game that had many, and while some of the plays were just as successful as these and some others weren't, this group had a fantastic day overall and that's backed up by the numbers throughout the entire game.
Much has been made about who their opponent was and as if that should somehow lessen the success this group should feel after their win, and that's false. They dominated a team they proved to be better than, nothing more, nothing less.
Now they get the opportunity to try and do it again next week against the Cowboys, in front of what I'm sure will be a rockin' Arrrowhead Stadium.