With Hue Jackson taking over the offensive coordinator position for the Bengals, there is a growing expectation that Cincinnati will mold into a more physical offense. When an offense is labeled as "physical," oftentimes the running game is a large part of that identity. Jackson has made no secret of his intent to feed the ball to his playmakers in the backfield. The volume of carries Jackson will demand is a debatable topic, but there's no denying the Bengals could use some improvement in their overall efficiency in the run game.
"In our offense under Jay (Gruden), we were more of a true pro style, West Coast, right-formation offense. Most of the things we did were run to the right. As a left tackle, you're not going to get involved in that kind of stuff."
Stepping away from a right-formation offense may just be the beginning. Running back Giovani Bernard has already hinted at a "crazy" playbook that excites him. It seems as though Whitworth is completely on board with whatever Hue subscribes to, even if that means he needs to completely shift from the left side of the offensive line.
"So when I got in at left guard and got to pull and got involved, people got to see some of that. That’s always been there. If I get that opportunity, I feel like anywhere I play, I could play center for God’s sake (and be physical)."
With the offensive line in flux this offseason, Whitworth will continue to be relied upon as the center of the offensive line - whether that's a literal or figurative description remains to be seen.