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.