With Kyle Long retired due to injuries, the Chicago Bears had to add a new face
From a talent standpoint, losing Kyle Long is a downgrade. Do not get my words twisted here. If healthy, losing Long would be a travesty. The thing is, Long has not been healthy for a long time now. Once he was gone, the Chicago Bears had to count on Rashaad Coward.
Coward did an admirable job for a guy who was originally a defensive lineman. The thing is, it was not enough. The interior part of the offensive line struggled all season. More often than not pressure came straight up the middle. Even though both Charles Leno and Bobby Massie struggled, the right guard spot is the only position on the line that could truly be upgraded this offseason because of salary cap implications.
Ryan Pace has brought in a couple more bodies to compete. The team has Alex Bars who might be the answer, but more likely it will be Germain Ifedi starting between Cody Whitehair and Bobby Massie. I will be blunt here. Ifedi is clearly an upgrade over Coward. He struggled when moved to tackle, but showed plenty of promise when he played guard for the Seattle Seahawks.