For my feature on Brandon Mebane today, I had an opportunity to spend some time with his family recently in Los Angeles. Mebane’s father, Walter Mebane Jr. and mother Joyce live right across the street from Crenshaw High, where Brandon and his older brother Walter III attended school.
Mebane is quietly having a good season after signing a lucrative, $25 million deal during the offeason. The 26-year-old leads the NFC in tackles for interior defensive linemen with 38, and is one of the reasons the Seahawks are No. 12 in the league in run defense.
But the making of Mebane’s work ethic and discipline began growing up in the tight-knit family in Los Angeles.
“Just having both parents in the house, no matter where you grow up at, it helps in overcoming those obstacles,” Brandon said. “And I think a lot of people we grew up with, unfortunately the streets took over their lives. A lot of them are in jail, and a lot of guys passed away. We just had to keep God first and keep moving. As our parents always told us, it’s easy to get in trouble, but it’s hard to get out.”
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Don’t look now, but the Seahawks are still in the playoff hunt. At 5-7, of course Seattle would have to win out. But they own the tiebreaker over the 6-6 New York Giants by virtue of beating them earlier this season. And they still play the 7-5 Chicago Bears in two weeks.
Atlanta, at 7-5, owns the tie breaker over Seattle by defeating them earlier this season. Arizona, at 5-7, remains in the playoff hunt as well.
I believe the second tiebreaker for the Wild Card is conference record. And right now 7-5 Detroit is 5-5 in the NFC and Seattle is 4-4 with four games left. The Lions play Minnesota at home, travel to Oakland, face San Diego at home and finish the season at Green Bay.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks it all down here.
Speaking of playoffs, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about San Francisco claiming its first NFC West title since 2002 with a 26-0 win over St. Louis.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about Seattle’s killer Bs’ – Brandon Browner, Alan Branch, Red Bryant and Doug Baldwin.
More Farnsworth: He catches up with former Seahawk receiver Paul Skansi, a scout for the San Diego Chargers.
Bill Barnwell writing for Grantland provides statistical evidence that icing the kicker doesn’t work.
KSBY of San Luis Obispo reports Seahawks practice squad running back Vai Taua has been suspended four games. The reason is undisclosed, but I’ll ask around today. Seattle now has two spots open on the practice squad with Mike Morgan moving up last week. And they likely will have one on the active roster with Russell Okung going on IR.