Here's this week's GMC Playbook question from Marshall Faulk:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMCPlaybook?src=hash">#GMCPlaybook</a> we ask <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation">@SBNation</a> Who’s hiding something? Let’s talk crafty veterans and what gives them the edge. <a href="http://t.co/hOdnLkudGB">http://t.co/hOdnLkudGB</a></p>— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="https://twitter.com/marshallfaulk/status/537796174024282112">November 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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When I think of crafty veterans, offensive linemen come to mind first. Thus, Marshal Yanda is the obvious choice in this regard. Yanda has emerged as one of the top offensive guards — if not the best — in the entire NFL. But just because he's in the trenches, he doesn't get the kind of attention skill position players get.
Yanda's an old-school type that utilizes his strength and quickness to move defenders off the line. There aren't too many in the game that play the interior the way he does.
Another crafty veteran on this Ravens squad is an obvious one — Steve Smith. Smith has ways of gaining separation from defensive backs without getting called for pass interference (sans the second Bengals game). His stature makes it appear that he's not as strong as he actually is.
He'll give a defender a slight push that won't look like much. But it's more than enough to get that extra step of separation to come down with deep passes. Opposing teams will say it's a form a cheating. No matter the team, if you're able to do that without the refs noticing, I call it skill.