Joey Bosa has made his living as being one of the best left ends in the league with the LA Chargers. With Brandon Staley taking over the team in 2021, we have seen more versatility out of Bosa, but for the most part, he has stayed true as a left end.
It makes sense to keep him on the side that he is comfortable in. Not only are right tackles typically worse than left tackles, but switching sides can have an impact on a player that is used to doing something a certain way every single time. Look at Penei Sewell's reps as a right tackle vs. his natural left tackle in Detroit as a perfect example.
However, there are certain situations in which players should make that switch for the betterment of the team. One of those situations exists in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Bosa should play most of his snaps on the right side of the defensive line for the LA Chargers and if he does, he is probably going to have a massive day.
Why Joey Bosa should play right end for the LA Chargers against the Cleveland Browns:
The Cleveland Browns are banged up on the left side of the offensive line and the LA Chargers can really capitalize on it. Baker Mayfield is already dealing with a partially torn labrum and having Bosa rushing off his blindside is going to make it a long day for Mayfield.
Jedrick Wills has been declared as questionable for the game but did not practice for the Browns on Friday. While he is questionable, all signs are pointing to Wills not playing in this game against the Chargers.
Not only are the Browns down to their backup left tackle but if Wills indeed doesn't play then the team will be down to its third-string left tackle. Backup left tackle Chris Hubbard has been declared out for the game, which creates a crisis scenario for the Browns' offensive line.
The rest of the O-line is still solid and the run blocking inside is still going to be good. That is why it is important for the Chargers to put their best player on the left side of the line and absolutely wreak havoc. If Bosa plays most of his snaps at right tackle then he very well could have his best game of the season.
While the Bolts are maximizing Bosa if they do this, they could still go the other route if they don't want Bosa to change sides. They very well could keep Bosa at left end, knowing he is going to succeed regardless, allowing Kyler Fackrell and Uchenna Nwosu to thrive against a third-string left tackle.
If Wills plays then Bosa should definitely stay at left end. Wills is one of the best young tackles in the game and Bosa would be maximized in his natural position. No need to change sides if the matchup isn't there.
Knowing Brandon Staley, the LA Chargers will probably end up using Bosa on both sides to throw as many different looks at the Browns as possible. Regardless, the Browns have a problem