Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
October 2, 2008 3:32 PM
Posted by Jose Romero
Seriously. I saw it. Or something very close to it.
Mebane, the Seahawks' agile defensive tackle, wound up in a splits-like position today during goal-line drills in practice. He emerged from a running play with one leg extended, the other slightly bent while on the ground.
OK, so maybe a wide receiver or running back doing that is not such a big deal. But a 6-foot-1, 314-pound fire hydrant of a lineman?
Mebane pulled himself up with one arm, drawing some "ooohs" and cheers from teammates. He kidded about it in the locker room with LB Julian Peterson after practice.
Mebane said when he was young, he would put two chairs side by side and then stretch his legs over them, moving the chairs a little further apart and making his legs work harder. Peterson didn't seem to believe him, but then acknowledged that he'd seen big guys do the splits before.
Practice offered some other entertainment. At one point, coach Mike Holmgren saw former FB Mack Strong, now one of us in the media, and asked if he'd like to run a couple of plays. Jokingly, of course. CB Kelly Jennings had back-to-back interceptions and Marcus Trufant had one, too.