Keeping Ifedi and use his strengths
I’m sure most of you have agreed with this article, for the most part, up until this point. An overwhelming amount of fans want Ifedi gone, but keep reading a little longer. Ifedi is six-feet, five-inches tall and 325 pounds, with a 5.27 second 40-yard dash. He is a literal wall of meat but lacks the speed to backpedal into pass protection against fast defensive ends.
His body type and play style were never meant to handle the impacts of opposing defensive lineman. Ifedi was made to go up and hit defenders in the straight on during a vicious run game. The entire off-season, Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer have been preaching about how they want to get back to playing smash-mouth football and get the run game going.
One of Ifedi’s first career starts for the Seahawks brought a memorable moment. Seattle was inside the 10-yard line, Thomas Rawls got a handoff and Ifedi ended up blocking three different defenders downfield. If Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer get the run game going then maybe Ifedi will shine. The big man has much to learn and many bad habits to break.
Ifedi was the most penalized player in the league last year. So far he hasn’t had as many holding calls (though it is only week three). The Hawks have seen the downside of Ifedi, hopefully, soon the rest of the world will see what Seattle coaches see in him.
Whether or not Germain Ifedi will get better, is still to be decided. Something has to change because he’s not working out well at right tackle. The Seahawks need to either make personnel changes or play calling changes. Carroll doesn’t seem to want to change the offensive lineman at all, but his hand may be forced.