I really don't understand how some of you folks make it through the offseason when it seems like even a single perceived weak spot on our roster is described as a "nightmare".
Bell at LT is not optimal, for sure. But we'll live. Change ALWAYS gives a player the opportunity to improve, whether it's moving to a new team, switching to a new position. or adopting a new offensive scheme. Maybe Bell will improve with the move to LT too. Or maybe he won't, who knows.
But Cam is a sturdy dude. As long as he doesn't show a tendency to fumble when hit from behind (which I don't think he does), it could actually be better for his pressure to come from that side more often. The best QBs in the game have that sixth sense to feel and evade blind side pressure, and it usually results in a big play when they do. Because blitzers from the blind side are almost always going full speed and possibly even diving to get to the QB as fast as possible, so when you make them miss, it's usually a clean miss. Contrast that to one of Cam's greatest weaknesses this past season, which was getting pressure in his face from the Right side (due to poor RG play too, not just Bell's fault) and then he'd try to do too much. Oftentimes, he ended up taking a much bigger sack than he would have if he had just gone down, which is exactly what would happen if he doesn't avoid blind side pressure. Those huge sacks were absolute drive killers for us, especially against the best defenses in the League (SF, Sea).
I'm not trying to say Bell is a great solution at LT and everyone should be happy about it. I'm just saying there are so many variables in a game of football, that we can't accurately predict the impact of having a less skilled player at LT this year than we did last year. Maybe you all are right and it will be catastrophic, but I'm not buying it. But no matter how that roster spot ends up come September, I'm still gonna let it play out before I make my judgements, rather than despairing over the unknown.