Spagnuolo: Barron steps up for Rams

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams left tackle Alex Barron, benched following a penalty in Week 4, played well against Vikings pass-rusher Jared Allen in Week 5.

I haven't studied the game closely yet, but Barron's performance pleased Spagnuolo.

"I thought he did a really good job," Spagnuolo told reporters Monday. "I thought Alex had one of his better games against (who) we all know a legitimate player, a real good player. But again, as a group, I thought the offensive line did a pretty good job."

The Rams finished with 400 yards and 27 first downs. Turnovers deep in Vikings teritory led to a 38-10 defeat. My sense in monitoring the game was that the Rams played better in several areas.

Barron is in the final year of his contract and I'd be somewhat surprised if the team brought him back. I would expect the Rams to move rookie Jason Smith into the lineup at left tackle before the season is finished.