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Andrew Whitworth's leadership sparks turnaround for Rams' offensive line

Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth stood at his locker as reporters approached him, one after another.

When there were no reporters left, a public relations official handed Whitworth a phone. On the other end of the line, another reporter.

And finally, after practice, workouts and meetings, Whitworth connected with a final reporter as he drove his SUV away from the Rams facility in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Whitworth laughed through a slight crackle in a bluetooth connection when asked if he's ever been so popular with the media.

"I've had it happen before," he said. "When we don't play well."

That's not the case these days.

The Rams are 3-1, and in first place in the NFC West as they prepare to face the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at the Coliseum.

The Rams offense ranks first in points scored, averaging 35.5 per game, and fifth in yards, averaging 383.3. Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 67 percent of his passes, seven for touchdowns, with only one interception. And running back Todd Gurley has scored seven touchdowns, rushed for more than 100 yards in consecutive games, and ranks second in the league in total yards from scrimmage with 596.

The offensive line is getting credit.

Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' backfield will be a big test for the Rams' thriving offense

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