Quarterbacks might get all the glory, but NFL games are won and lost in the trenches. It might be a passing league, but that only underscores the importance of getting to the quarterback—or keeping your quarterback upright, if you are on offense.
Jake Long versus DeMarcus Ware can be the difference in the game. If Ware gets to the quarterback just once and forces a key turnover leading to a loss, it won't matter if the team threw for 350 yards.
Who are the greats among these trench players today? These are any players along the offensive and defensive line, including outside linebackers in 3-4 schemes and one special 4-3 outside linebacker.