The Los Angeles Rams have started 4-1 to the 2020 NFL season now and Jared Goff could not be more thankful for Andrew Whitworth’s contributions to them.
According to Goff, Whitworth’s work ethic and behavior is what he admires most.
“Just the way he goes about his business every day is special and really sets the tone for us as an offense and as a team really. Just seeing him here every day, seeing him doing the right things every day, the way he practices, the way he goes through walk-thru, the way he thinks about things and talks about things.
“It’s at the highest level of anybody in the league, anybody has ever played in the league really and to do it in Year 15, it’s truly remarkable,” Goff said. “I’m extremely thankful for him and I’m hoping he can play another 15 years. I know it’s not possible, but I’m going to be keeping thankful for him as long as he’s here.”
While Whitworth might not longer be in the prime years of his career, he is still contributing heavily to the Rams since signing in the 2017 NFL season.
Whitworth protects Goff from being sacked on Sundays and then shows his teammates how to be a true professional and last in the league during the week.
The Rams will be facing off against the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Francisco 49ers in three of their next five games and will need Whitworth and the rest of the offensive line more than ever to give Goff more time to throw.
Goff has been sacked just 1.4 times per game, which is the fifth-lowest mark in the league, proving just how dominant Whitworth and this offensive line has been.
The Rams have always been great at protecting the quarterback now as they ranked first in sacks allowed per game last season at yet again 1.4 per game.
With the offensive line running on all cylinders, Goff has been allowed to sit in the pocket and accurately get the football to his wide receivers with a passer rating of 108.8, the seventh-highest mark in the league through the first five weeks.
With Whitworth still very capable of playing at an above-average level, the Rams should be in great shape for the rest of the season despite the tough stretch.
If the Rams can continue to play at the same level as they are now, they will have a great chance of returning and then making a deep 2020 NFL playoff run.