After allowing zero quarterback pressures in Week 4's contest against the Cowboys, left tackle Andrew Whitworth was named the top pass block protector at the tackle position by Pro Football Focus. The site gave him a near perfect 99.2 pass block efficiency rating, with an overall grade of 83.6.
Over the offseason, head coach Sean McVay along with general manager Les Snead made a concentrated effort to boost the Rams offensive line after quarterback Jared Goff was sacked a league-high 26 times in seven games.
Entering Week 5 of the regular season this year, it's safe to say the revamped offensive line has paid off for Los Angeles. Not only does the team rank No. 1 in points scored, but it is also sitting atop the NFC West standings.
And perhaps the biggest and best addition of the offseason was the signing of Whitworth, who has impacted the team tremendously and has played a large role in its success.
"I think he's made a huge influence and impact on our team, not only on our offense, but on our team," McVay
said of the team captain. "He's a pro's pro. We've said it over and over. But he's just got a nice way about the way that he goes about his business. He knows what it looks like to do it the right way and guys respond to that."
Last year with the Bengals Whitworth was the position leader in pass blocking efficiency and this year he continues that claim as the league's best pass protector. Through four games this season, the twelve-year pro has allowed only one sack, coming from Week 2's contest against the Redskins.
And overall this season, Whitworth has been extremely efficient at keeping his quarterback clean in pass protection and should continue to be an integral part of the offensive line's development as a whole.