CINCINNATI Paul Alexander has always counted heavily on veterans. Alexander has been coaching the Bengals offensive line since 1994. Those first years he had Bruce Kozerski and Joe Walter around to help get his message across to younger players. Willie Anderson learned from them and passed down the process as he became the veteran.
That role is Andrew Whitworths.
Ive always placed a premium on the older guys teaching the younger guys, said Alexander. I think you learn it better when you teach it to someone else, and I think its part of the responsibility.
Not everyone is up to that responsibility but Whitworth has never shied away from the role, even as he takes a few days off from practice. It is part of the rehab process from offseason knee surgery but while hes not in pads, he still councils the younger players, reinforcing Alexanders teachings.
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