The Los Angeles Rams have nearly as much talent and experience on their roster this year compared to last season’s team that went on to win Super Bowl LVI, positioning themselves well to repeat.
However, one major change is on the offensive line as Andrew Whitworth decided to ride off into the sunset after capturing his first Super Bowl title. His presence on the left side of the line will be sorely missed, but it’s perhaps his leadership the Rams will miss the most.
Rob Havenstein was tapped to become the new leader along the o-line when he was named a first-time team captain, but he is still looking at Whitworth as a model on how to lead, via Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
“He spoke when necessary, he spoke when needed. He had an uncanny ability for that,” Havenstein said. “He really led by example. He went out there and just did it first. You could never say, ‘Hey, I’m out-working Andrew right now,’ you know? That’s something I hope I’m bringing right now.”
As the elder statesman on for the offensive line, Havenstein has taken it upon himself to help and mentor the younger players in the group:
“I feel like I at least somewhat know what I’m talking about now,” Havenstein said with a smile. “So if I see a young guy making the same mistakes I’ve made or I’ve seen before, it’s just easier to go ahead and address that. Maybe it’s showing them how it’s done, but it’s more talking through it and how I understand certain things and certain body positions for offensive linemen, specifically.”
Losing a player and leader of Whitworth’s caliber would be a blow for any team, but fortunately the Rams have someone like Havenstein who was ready to assume more responsibility on the team. Los Angeles has fostered a healthy and productive team culture, and Havenstein is just one example of that concept coming to life.