Andrew Whitworth brings protective services to Los Angeles Rams: During the last eight of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Whitworth played left tackle and protected a couple of very good quarterbacks.
With Whitworth minding their blind side, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton each led the Bengals to the playoffs.
So it was no surprise in March when the Rams and new coach Sean McVay pursued the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and guaranteed him a handsome sum, to protect quarterback Jared Goff, the top pick in the 2016 draft.
Andrew Whitworth brings protective services to Los Angeles Rams
Whitworth already sees traits that Goff shares with his previous high-profile teammates, especially the more “laid back” Palmer.
“It’s just getting him to let it out and be confident and be assertive and run the show,” Whitworth said of Goff, adding, “We all go as far as the quarterback goes and it’s our job to make his job easier.”
When the Rams hired Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator, many wondered exactly how the team’s best defensive player, Aaron Donald, would fit into Phillips’s 3-4 scheme. Since entering the NFL, Donald has been one of the best defensive tackles in the league, playing as a three-technique in the Rams 4-3 scheme. Some Rams NFL were concerned that switching to a 3-4 might force Donald to line up in different spots and take away from his effectiveness.
But that concern is based in a stereotype of the 3-4 defense. Certainly, there are 3-4 schemes which would take away from what Donald does best. A two-gap 3-4 defense wouldn’t be a good fit for Donald, who is all about bursting quickly off the line of scrimmage and making plays in the backfield, not reading blockers and defending two gaps. But Phillips runs a one-gap 3-4, which makes it not all that different to the 4-3 system Donald is used too.