In the offseason, Les Snead brought in a new coach with big things in mind. Sean McVay was hired on January 12, 2017. On that day he became the youngest coach in NFL history as he was hired a couple of weeks before his 31st birthday.
One of the first personnel changes that came with the McVay hiring, was the Rams signing Andrew Whitworth. He is four years older than McVay. As Whitworth has been great the last few years, he was not a very highly sought after free agent. That was mostly in part to his age and how much money he was asking for.
Luckily for the Rams, he seems well worth the $36 million over the next three years. Whitworth has played lights out this season and has been the leader the Rams needed, being voted a captain this year. The 11 year vet has only allowed one sack through the Rams first five games. His great blocking has allowed for Jared Goff to have more time to go through his progressions and make the best throws possible. While he won’t be with the team for the long run, he will have a long standing imprint from his great leadership and teaching this young team how to be a professional. Whitworth has made this offense a force to be reckon with and is an excellent stop until the Rams find their franchise left tackle to pair with Goff. In his short time here, Whitworth has made this offense revive themselves and start looking like the Greatest Show on Turf 2.0.