"I think it does a lot of things. It keeps our guys fresher," Smith said of the rotation. "We're all about competition. I think it's very important there is a very competitive situation each and every week. I think we have that right now; I think we're creating that right now in the defensive front.
"It will definitely help us down the long road in terms of the older players, the wear and tear on their body, as we get into the second half of this season."
Atlanta's secondary did struggle against Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson, who was targeted 22 times and made 10 catches for 138 yards and two scores. The unit faces another elite receiver this weekend in Larry Fitzgerald.
"I think it will be very good for our young players. Vincent is little bit bigger and taller than Larry, but he is a big physical wide receiver," said Smith. "I anticipate they will move Larry around just like they did Vincent to try and get the match ups they think are favorable. All of our guys are going to have to be prepared to line up against him."
Fitzgerald was limited to just two catches against Seattle and has made 32 receptions for 422 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Teammate Michael Floyd has helped with 31 receptions for 403 yards.
Fitzgerald will be 30 years and 57 days old this Sunday and is four catches shy of becoming the youngest player to ever reach 800. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten made his 800th catch at 30 years, 238 days old.
Expected Super Bowl contenders, the Falcons have put themselves in a hole, but there is light up ahead as three of their next four games are against the Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Buccaneers.
Injuries may make this a closer game than expected and Arizona's defense will need to make a big stop at some point if it wants a victory. Ryan, though, should be able to manage the game enough to get a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Falcons 27, Cardinals 24