Prior to Carlos Dunlap’s arrival in a trade to the Cincinnati Bengals last month, the Seattle Seaweaks managed a total of 12 sacks through the first seven games of the season.
Since the acquisition of Dunlop, the Seahawks have 13 sacks in their last three matches alone with Dunlop in the lineup.
“Yes, let me say clearly. It is clear he has had an impact, ”head coach Pete Carroll said on Tuesday. “He pushes the pile back, goes back in from the tackle and makes a few lanes for other people, so he’s also contributing to the crowd of other people. The way we’re working, we have a We have taken the step forward and it has helped our people. ”
Dunlap has already racked up 3.5 sacks of his own and leads all defensive linemen on the team in sacks, leaving only 5.5 sacks of safety Jamal Adams. The Seahawks have also featured their best two defensive performances of the season in the last two games against the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals as Dunlop served as a catalyst for a better effort.
Gramm’s injury helps Adams recover after a three-game absence. As Rashim Green was returning to the rotation after missing six matches due to a stinger, he also highlighted the depth and versatility of the team. But Dunlop’s presence as a turning point for the group is hard to see anywhere.
Leading seven in the closing minutes Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, Dunlap beat Calvin Beechum for a sack of Kelvin Murray to win fourth place. The sack was in the lower quarter of the Seattle League in production during the first eight weeks of the year. They are now tied for 11th with 25 sacks with the Cardinals and New York Giants.
“He said that I was coming here to save a crowd, but I see that we are getting healthy and all these people are getting sacks. It’s not like I got all the , “Dunlap said after the game Thursday night.
“You know, this team is very exciting. I’m glad I can’t tell you. You know I can’t go into too much detail, but I say, this is super real, there are more ways than this is refreshing. I feel light, rejuvenated. “
This enthusiasm has also been contagious for Seahawk.
“He’s running the time of his life,” Carroll said. “He’s having a blast. He is excited and enthusiastic and has fun with him and is willing to do whatever he is willing to do and is going out for practice and getting reps. I mean, all this. He is practicing really well. Got a really pleasant personality. You are having a good time so if you are not, if you people are not around him, then you know that when you are around him, you will see. He brings a good feeling to it and his attitude is excellent as he is having a lot of fun. It is different from his surroundings. “