A Look at the Film: Can Germain Ifedi play Right Tackle?

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Since Pete Carroll first took the head coaching job with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 there has been an issue with the offensive line. In that time frame, Carroll and general manager John Schneider have come together to draft three offensive linemen in the first round. Those three being Russell Okung (2010), James Carpenter (2011), and Germain Ifedi (2016). Okung is now the highest paid left tackle in the league, while Carpenter is a below average left guard for the New York Jets. The last name on that list, Germain Ifedi, started at right guard for the Seahawks in 2016 and is projected to push out to right tackle in 2017.

 

Moving back to his  natural position

Ifedi was one of the worst guards in the NFL last season. He was responsible for numerous sacks taken by Russell Wilson and was constantly allowing rushers into the backfield. I took a dive into the film to find out if it was due to lack of strength, poor technique or just being a bad football player. What I found is that Ifedi has all the natural talent and strength to be a great player, but utilizes terrible technique time after time.

If Germain Ifedi can successfully adjust his technique and harness his skill set he could be a franchise player for the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable are looking to move Ifedi to right tackle following the signing of Oday Aboushi, who is slotted to start at right guard. After a season of disappointment along the offensive line, Seattle signed Joeckel and Aboushi to help bring a veteran presence to an extremely young group. Going into 2017 Ifedi will compete with Garry Gilliam, who played at right tackle in 2016, for the starting tackle spot with the possibility of Gilliam also competing at left tackle.

 

A Look at the Film: Oday Aboushi Will Strengthen the Seattle Seahawks

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Over the past three seasons, Seattle Seahawks fans have pleaded with the front office to shore up the offensive line. In 2016 that meant drafting offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, out of Texas A+M.  In 2017 it means signing Oday Aboushi and Luke Joeckel, both linemen were taken in the 2013 draft, one picked number two overall and one picked with the 141st pick. Last week we looked at Luke Joeckel‘s 2016 performance and how he would fit in with the Seahawks. This week we’re looking at Oday Aboushi in the run game and pass protection and how he will fit on the Seahawks offensive line.

The all important “swing” lineman

In the run game, Aboushi is far from the strongest run blocker in the league. However, when you compare him with Ifedi, you’ll find a competent lineman who can hold his own and throw some great blocks at the same time. Whether it was drive blocking or reach blocking Aboushi was executing with precision on most of his snaps. He showed great skill in sealing off lanes for running backs and getting out in space to make blocks as a pulling guard.  On the goal line he was unstoppable, paving the way for two walk in touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts.

In pass protection, much like Joeckel, he faced some issues with the bull rush. But overall he’s a solid pass protector giving up no sacks in 2016 and only allowing 6 pressures with 2 quarterback hits. He was good against stunts, a glaring weak spot for the Seahawks in 2016.  Another strong selling point on Aboushi is his ability to play anywhere on the line. In college he was an offensive tackle, with the Jets and Texans he was an offensive guard. This gives offensive line coach Tom Cable a wide array of option when assembling the line.

A Look at the Film: The Seahawks Should Be Excited About Luke Joeckel

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For the past two years, the Seattle Seahawks have had relatively lackluster free agency periods. In 2016 Seattle needed an offensive lineman, so they bought some in J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell. Neither of whom will be returning for 2017, this year the Seahawks faced the same need for lineman and brought in the former number two overall pick, Luke JoeckelJoeckel has been billed as a major disappointment in Jacksonville, the team that drafted him, to the point where they didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on their 2013 first rounder. On March 9th, 2017 Joeckel signed an $8 million contract with the Seahawks, seven of which is guaranteed. Joeckel and former Packers running back Eddie Lacy consist of the big names signed by Seattle during the 2017 free agency period.

After taking a look at Joeckel in Jacksonville it became clear that the talk of him being a major disappointment needed to be put into perspective. While he may not have lived up to expectations of the number two overall pick, Joeckel is a competent lineman who will bring an instant upgrade to this struggling Seattle line. His addition, along with that of guard Oday Aboushi, will allow Seattle to get their five best players on the line to protect their star quarterback Russell Wilson.

A Chance to Prove his Worth

Even with the relatively large one year contract for Joeckel, it’s a great signing by the Seattle front office to attempt to shore up their line.  Due to injury the veteran lineman only played three complete games in 2016, despite that he demonstrated good technique, talent, athleticism and strength through those games. With his large contract, Joeckel is almost guaranteed to start, although that won’t be an issue, he is leaps and bounds ahead of almost all the Seattle lineman except center Justin Britt, who may give him a run for his money.