The Seahawks like that offensive lineman Germain Ifedi doesn't back down, but he's still learning how to control his emotions on the field.
RENTON — Seahawks rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi has made a name for himself this training camp by refusing to back down.
That’s often meant Ifedi has been in the middle of a handful of dustups and scuffles during the first nine days of training camp. But day 10, on Wednesday, had a slightly different feel to it.
Ifedi got mixed up with linebacker K.J. Wright and then started yelling at other members of the defense. Receiver Doug Baldwin pulled Ifedi aside, kneeled with him as practice continued, and had a long conversation. Linebacker Bobby Wagner and members of the offensive line eventually joined in.
Later in practice, Wright and Ifedi talked, and quarterback Russell Wilson also spoke with his rookie offensive lineman. It looked more like a lesson being learned than previous incidents.
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“He’s got to learn to handle his emotions, for sure,” offensive line coach Tom Cable said.
When the Seahawks drafted Ifedi in the first round this year, his mentality, his aggressiveness, was part of the attraction.
On draft night, coach Pete Carroll said, “This guy is a really aggressive football player…He’s got the nature we are looking for.”
General manager John Schneider was a bit more direct: “That’s just an ass-kicker over there.”
Ifedi has also been clear in his intentions during the first days of training camp.
“The team knows I won’t back down,” he said last week. “That’s why they drafted me.”
But there’s also a line between not backing down and controlling emotions, and it’s one Ifedi is apparently still learning before his first season.