Bears envision Germain Ifedi playing guard

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Germain Ifedi spent most of his time at right tackle over the last three seasons, but he played right guard as a rookie with the Seahawks and it looks like he’s headed back to that spot in Chicago.

The Bears signed Ifedi to a one-year contract last month and they don’t have a hole at tackle with Charles Leno and Bobby Massie still under contract. Given their presence, it’s unsurprising that Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said Ifedi is ticketed for the interior.

“Right now we do envision him kicking inside to guard. . . . He’s a guy we liked coming out of the draft. . . . I know [offensive line coach] Juan Castillo is really high on this player, too,” Pace said, via Kevin Fishbain of TheAthletic.com.

With 2018 second-round pick James Daniels at left guard, Rashaad Coward should be Ifedi’s chief competition on the right side of the line.

10 responses to “Bears envision Germain Ifedi playing guard

  1. Must be moving to a purely run game to compensate for not having a passer because Ifedi cannot pass block at all, very good at run blocking but cannot move backwards at all to pass block. Maybe have Mitchell run the wishbone until Nagy and should be Pace are canned.

  2. He is a very large body, a serviceable lineman no doubt. Though he is a drive killer, expect one or two offensive drives stalled every game because of a false start or hold.

  3. If this guy can’t beat Coward at RG then whoever is picking these Free Agents needs to be fired. Coward needs to go back to the DL. His feet are too slow to play OL.

  4. He is one more reason Penny-pinching Mode says that it is difficult to draft a good lineman out of college. They have better luck trading for them or signing free agents. Even then, they managed to sign some bad free agents.

  5. Ifedi led league in 2017 in penalties. Not the Seahawks; the NFL. He is always near the top each and every year. He does great in the run blocking. It’s the holding and false starts on critical third/passing downs That kills the drives.

    There are several reasons the Seahawks had bad offensive line play the past few years. He’s one part of it. Hopefully, the change of scenery is all he needs to get better. If he remains the penalty king, it will nullify any good he adds to the line.

  6. Ifedi got into trouble when quick pass rushers got around him in pass protection. That’s where most of his holding calls occurred, or false starts when he tried to get into his stance early to compensate. He is a ferocious run blocker, so if he can adapt to guard, the Bears will automatically have benefited from the reduction in potential holding calls alone.

  7. I hear that the Bears are going to hire Joe Biden to help Ifedi remember the snap count.

  8. Not sure why the Seahawks were so stubborn and didn’t play him at guard. That’s where he belongs.

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