Monday, October 26, 2009
Injured Rams should move Smith to left side
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams lost snapper Chris Massey and cornerback Bradley Fletcher to season-ending knee injuries requiring surgery.
And with right guard Richie Incognito expected to miss a few weeks with a foot sprain, Adam Goldberg will replace him in the lineup.
Which brings us to first-round rookie tackle Jason Smith.
The Rams drafted Smith to be their left tackle of the future. Why not play him there now? Why not play him there from the beginning of the season?
Smith faced an adjustment to the NFL game either way. Playing him at right tackle to this point will force him to make another adjustment later.
The Rams are seven games into a lost season. If they can't let Smith take his lumps at left tackle now, when is the right time?
I'm open to possible explanations for leaving Smith on the right side this season. None immediately make sense to me.