After the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, Andrew Whitworth was among the players on a podium being peppered with questions from reporters. He left an impression on just about everyone watching.
When asked to reflect on the game and what it means to miss out on capturing the elusive Lombardi Trophy, Whitworth gave a very memorable quote – one that was trending on Twitter after the game.
“You’re not gonna get me to pout and feel sorry for myself,” Whitworth said. “I realize what this game means, I cherish the crap out of it. I don’t give a crap if you have a Hall of Fame bust, if you’ve been a Pro Bowler, or win 20 Super Bowls. At the end of the day, you’re all gonna die and you’re all gonna have the opportunity to not be playing football and who you are, how you carry yourself, whether you pout and feel sorry for yourself is the only thing that’s gonna matter — because that’s what people are going to remember about you.”
That’s pretty profound and powerful, coming from a player who’s spent more than a decade in the NFL. The quote was taken somewhat out of context in relation to the question that Whitworth was asked, but the meaning behind the message still held true.
During an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Fair Game” with Kristine Leahy, Whitworth clarified his comments and tried to expand on them.
With Rodger Saffold departing in free agency, many expect the Rams to add an interior lineman. But there’s also been a lot of talk about the Rams adding an offensive tackle. Andrew Whitworth publicly flirted with retirement this offseason before ultimately deciding to return for the 2019 season.
Many have argued the Rams need to draft a tackle early to prepare for the eventual retirement of Whitworth, but those arguments have mostly omitted the presence of Joseph Noteboom on the roster.
A third-round pick last year, Noteboom has mostly flown under the radar after essentially redshirting as a rookie. But it’s important not to forget about Noteboom when talking about successors to Whitworth, and this recent tweet from Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic shows we might be underestimating how high the Rams’ coaching staff is on him.
Exercising the fifth year on a starting first-round pick is a perfunctory step for teams. Clubs have until May 3 to make the move.
Locking Goff in until the 2020 season provides the Rams flexibility with their free-agents-to-be next offseason — a group that currently includes Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Dante Fowler Jr., Andrew Whitworth and Blake Bortles, among others.
The Rams could look to reach a massive multi-year contract extension with Goff well before the 2020 season expires. As we’ve seen with starting quarterbacks, the longer the wait, the more intrinsically expensive they become.
The Rams’ move with Goff is the latest in a string of no-brainer fifth-year options picked up recently, which included Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa and Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.
Andrew Whitworth, who’s returning for his 14th NFL season, can’t wait to hear Sean McVay’s message about bouncing back from the Rams’ Super Bowl disappointment.
“Knowing that guy and the fire and intensity he has, I can’t imagine. It’s going to be good, you know that,” Whitworth said on NFL Network Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get back to work with him and really the whole group. I’m looking forward to it and I know he’s going to do a heck of a job as he always does of giving us a direct set mentality of how we move forward from here and that’s one of the best things he’s able to do.
“I look forward to this challenge of this next season and I’ve had a lot of fun training this offseason and, man, it’s right around the corner.”
Robert Woods also appeared on NFL Network Wednesday night, sharing his thoughts on a variety of topics, from the new pass interference rule to how the Rams can respond to their Super Bowl loss.
He echoed similar sentiments to Whitworth’s, calling the Rams a “big family” because of the job McVay’s done.
“Just his personality is exactly what this team is: young, energetic, excited to come to work. Every single player is excited when we step on the practice field, in the weight room, it’s a joy to be there with our teammates. Really, just a big family,” Woods said.