Prior to Carlos Dunlap’s arrival in Cincinnati Bengals trading last month, the Seattle Seahawks managed just 12 sacks in the first seven games of the season.
Since acquiring Dunlap, the Seahawks have 13 sacks in their last three games with Dunlap in the squad.
“Yes, well, let me say the obvious. “Obviously he has had an impact,” head coach Pete Carroll said on Tuesday. “He pushes the pile away, puts the projectile back, and just creates a few sails for other boys, so he also contributes to the speed of other boys. We just took a step forward with the way we do things, and that helped our boys. “
Dunlap has already collected 3.5 of his own bags and leads all the team’s protective crews in bags, trailing only 5.5 bags of safety Jamal Adams. The Seahawks have also garnered their best two defensive performances of the season in the last two games against the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals, as Dunlap served as a catalyst for improved efforts.
Restoring Adams’ health after a three-game absence due to a groin injury also helped. Like Rasheem Green, returning to the rotation after missing six games due to horror also strengthened the depth and flexibility of the team in front. But it’s hard to look anywhere but for Dunlap’s presence as a turning point for the band.
Leading with seven in the final minutes on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, Dunlap defeated Kelvin Beachham in a Killer Murray sack in fourth place to seal the victory. For the first eight weeks of the year, Seattle was in the lowest quarter of the sack league. Now they are tied for the 11th with 25 sacks with the Cardinals and the New York Giants.
“They said I was coming here to save the rush, but I see that we are healing boys and all these boys are receiving sacks. It’s not like I have the whole thing ”Dunlap said after the game on Thursday night.
“You know, this team is very exciting. I’m happy to be a part of what I can’t tell you. You know more ways than anyone, I can’t go into much detail, but I say it’s super surreal, refreshing. I feel lighter, rejuvenated. “
This enthusiasm is contagious to the Seahawks as well.
“He’s spending the time of his life,” Carol said. “He was blown up. He is optimistic and spirited and has fun with it and is more than ready to do anything, work and go to practice and repetitions. I mean, all this. He practices really well. I have a really nice person who is fun. He’s having a good time, so if you’re not, if you haven’t been around, you know when you go around him, you’ll see. He brings a good spirit to this and his attitude is great because he has a lot of fun. This is different from what he was around. “