Andrew Whitworth enjoyed the 11 seasons he spent as a left tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals and coach Marvin Lewis.
However, his past two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and coach Sean McVay have been special — and not only because of the great deal of success the team has enjoyed during that time.
‘I just get him and we kind of understand each other’
“It’s been invigorating,” Whitworth told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Movin’ The Chains. “I obviously loved my time in Cincy. (I) enjoyed it there and loved playing with Marvin and all the coaches there. But Sean and I have really hit it off. I just get him and we kind of understand each other.
“I think it’s just been fun to be with somebody and work with people that are just kind of like-minded in the way that you approach things on a daily basis, really just in life, much less football. I’m excited and pumped up to be here and it really reinvigorated me in my career.”
‘When I first started working with Sean, I would say he’s a lot like Nick Saban’
Whitworth sees a great deal of similarities between McVay and his former college coach at LSU, Nick Saban.
“When I first started working with Sean, I would say he’s a lot like Nick Saban,” Whitworth said. “People would always just kind of wonder what in the world is talking about, but it really comes down to an intensity and a focus that’s just unmatched every single day to every single detail that you just don’t think matters. … It really has become to us (on offense) about every practice rep, every walk-through rep, every single thing we do is about the process of exactly how that play goes, understand exactly how the defense should play it and exactly how we should block it, run it, catch it, motion it, all those things.
‘We just think of every play as exactly what it is in the process of getting it done’
“When we go on the field, we feel like as long as we do our job every play, there’s no way you’re stopping us and that’s our mentality. So we really don’t have to discuss anything about what should we do, run the ball more, throw the ball more. We just think of every play as exactly what it is in the process of getting it done. And that’s the only thing that matters to us.”
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