3 reasons for LA Rams to hire LT Andrew Whitworth as coach

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Reason I:

Andrew Whitworth is not finished with football. It was reported by TMZ Sports that, when questioned if he was never coming back to the NFL, Andrew Whitworth had the perfect response:

"“You never say never,” the 40-year-old told TMZ Sports. “I did learn that. That’s for sure.”"

While that may have been said in a tongue-in-cheek manner, there could be some underlying truth to the statement. After all, things change.  Perspectives that began with a limited view of what will come can change as the view grows.

Throughout his last season with the LA Rams, Whitworth was actively engaged in any number of NFL talk shows, interviews, and podcasts. In each opportunity, he never claimed to be interested in retiring so that he would be done with the game of football. Rather, he was careful to say the opposite. He asserted that football would remain an active and integral part of his life.

So if playing is not an option, what is there left to do? Well, the course could take either one of two paths. He could engage in scouting football talent for the LA Rams, watching and assessing the potential NFL role of young college athletes. But that type of role, while making solid use of his passion for football, would require a lot of travel and sloppy conditions.

The alternative is to pursue a role in a coaching capacity. In that role, he would have the chance to work with young men, aid them in their development and growth, and make a difference in some of their lives. Based on what I know about Andrew Whitworth, coaching seems the more suitable vocation.