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Avril: Mebane is “one of the best nose guards in the game”

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Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has been one of the constants of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle.

Including the postseason, the 6-foot-1, 311-pound Mebane has started 62 consecutive games for the Seahawks. Player-rating service Pro Football Focus graded Mebane as the third-best defensive tackle of 2013 and ranked him second among run defenders along the interior line.

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril believes Mebane is “underrated.”

“He’s definitely one of the best nose guards in the game, but he doesn’t get the recognition for whatever reason,” Avril told reporters on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Mebane wasn’t credited with a sack in the regular season, but PFF charted 26 hurries from the seventh-year pro from California, 14th-best among defensive tackles.

And as Avril observed, Mebane is adept at making life rather difficult for the center across from him.

“He makes the whole defense’s job easier,” Avril said. “. . . If the center can get to where he wants to go, it kind of hurts the team. For (Mebane) to be able to hold centers up and make plays – he makes everybody’s job easier.”

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13 Responses to “Avril: Mebane is “one of the best nose guards in the game””
  1. thevikesarebest says: Jan 30, 2014 4:09 PM

    The shehawks are one of the worst franchises in the game.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Jan 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    That’s strange, coming from a Vikings fan. Minnesota may be the worse run franchise in the history of the NFL.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2014 4:20 PM

    Actually it’s pronounced “Me Bane!”. Like the character in Teen Titans.

  4. checkdanews says: Jan 30, 2014 4:39 PM

    If the Seahawks are the worst franchise in the NFL, then the Vikings are a XFL team.

  5. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Jan 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    The Cardinals will win a Super Bowl before the Seahawks do.

  6. frostymugobeer says: Jan 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    he is a beast and I was hoping the hawks would lose him last offseason and the Broncos would scoop him up….didn’t happen.
    that’s OK the Broncos will still win !

  7. deathonwings410 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:41 PM

    Mebane > Knighton.

  8. hawksfan4life1001 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:48 PM

    I know he has a pretty entertaining dance.

  9. therealraider says: Jan 30, 2014 5:02 PM

    Nose Guard<Nose Tackle

  10. jrdennis says: Jan 30, 2014 5:37 PM

    Has anybody noticed that ,The all PED team. keeps propping each other? Clifford propping Mebane. Sherman propping his fellow backfield. The offensive line propping Skittles. Sounds like some real insecurity. The Seahags are in their own head,

  11. gb4mn0 says: Jan 30, 2014 5:49 PM

    Minnysoda vikqueens personified = Barney Fife on PCP

  12. eyeamlothar says: Jan 30, 2014 6:01 PM

    And his “Belly Roll” sack dance won the golden cleat on NFL Network’s Dancing With The Starters. Hilarious.

  13. 35yardline13rowsup says: Jan 31, 2014 10:35 AM

    So many Seahawk haters! I LOVE it! I think that officially makes the Seahawks “America’s Team”!

    Go Hawks!

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