Where the Seahawks can find pass-rush help

July, 16, 2009
7/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

  Mebane

Seahawks strength coach Mike Clark singled out Brandon Mebane as one of the players he can't keep from coming into the weight room, even when it's time for a rest. 710 ESPN Seattle has the audio about halfway through this hour-long block.

Keep an eye on Mebane this summer. He's a key part of what the Seahawks want to do defensively. The team has turned him into more of an up-the-field defensive tackle. That should give him an opportunity to get more sacks as the Seahawks implement more of the Tampa principles that helped free up Warren Sapp. If Mebane develops as planned, perhaps Seattle could even use him at end in the 3-3 defense Eric D. Williams addressed earlier in the day.

Clark on Mebane: "Some [players] you have to kidnap to get them out of here. You laugh, but I am dead serious. I've got one of those I was having a discussion with today. ... He just needs a break but he is so excited about it -- somebody we have talked about, Brandon Mebane."

Defensive tackles generally aren't known as workout warriors. Expect a leaner version of Mebane when the Seahawks open training camp. Clark also mentioned guard Mike Wahle, guard Rob Sims and defensive Patrick Kerney among his most diligent workers.

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