Rams bench ’09 second overall draft pick OT Jason Smith

The Rams benched right tackle Jason Smith in favor of Adam Goldberg in the fourth quarter of their humiliating 37-7 defeat to the Ravens according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It wasn’t my best game,” said Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft. “And the coaches pulled me out. I had some penalties in crucial situations. … And I need to play better so I can help the team.”

Smith was flagged with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty after shoving Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis after a nine-yard gain by Cadillac Williams to the Baltimore 13.

“It was a poor decision on my behalf,” Smith said. “There was no justification for what I did.”

Smith “had a tough day,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “Sometimes that happens, so you try to help your player a little bit. We’ve got other guys that can go in there, so that’s what we did.”

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