Andrew Whitworth returning puts Rams in another great position for Super Bowl run

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Andrew Whitworth announced his plans to return to the Los Angeles Rams for the 2019 season to keep the offensive line in great shape.

Ever since the Los Angeles Rams came up short in Super Bowl 53 to the New England Patriots, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team was whether Andrew Whitworth would return for another year with the team.

Rightfully so, Whitworth threw out the possibility of retiring this offseason since the veteran will be 38 by the end of next season, and one can only imagine how his body feels after watching the 13 amazing years he’s played in the NFL.

Two years ago, Whitworth was willing to take a chance on a team like the Rams coming off a four-win season in 2016 to provide a much-needed boost to the offensive line since as a rookie, Jared Goff barely received any sort of protection.

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No matter what decision Whitworth would end up making this offseason, Los Angeles and their fans knew they would be 100 percent supportive since his presence the last two years have simply been amazing.

On Tuesday, Rams fans received quite the surprise on social media when Whitworth announced himself on Twitter that he planned to return for the 2019 season, giving the team one less thing to worry about over the next few weeks.

One of the main reasons why this came as such a surprise is due to the fact that it seemed clear that Whitworth would make a decision before the middle of March, so it was great to see this announcement come a few weeks early.

Without Whitworth over the last two seasons, there’s no way the offensive line of the Rams ends up being as solid as they have been, whether it has to do with his impact on opponents or simply the leadership he brings to the rest of his teammates.

Now that Los Angeles knows Whitworth is going to be back for what could be his final NFL season since he was already weighing retirement before, maybe this will provide a little extra motivation to make another run at the Super Bowl in Miami with hopefully different results this time.

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Talent wise, the Rams realize they have the potential to be one of the top teams in the NFL for a third year in a row, and while their chances for 2019 were already good, they just got even better following this news surrounding Whitworth.