The Seattle Seahawks really needed a boost in their cat rush. They hope Carlos Dunlap will be able to provide it.
Seattle acquired Dunlap from the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday in exchange for offensive inside lineman BJ Finney and a seventh-round draft pick in 2021.
“We’re still looking,” head coach Pete Carroll said of the trade. “There are other guys who were there that we also looked at in all the places available. Names start popping up here around this time of year so this was the one that matched exactly what we needed and really happy to do. Happy to bring a guy of Carlos’ stature and experience to this club.
The Seahawks’ pass rush has been anemic all season with just nine sacks in six games played. They also didn’t get a single sack or hit Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray in Sunday night’s loss to the Cardinals. Jamal Adams, a safety who has missed the team’s last three games with injury, is tied with Benson Mayowa for the team lead with two sacks.
Dunlap just finished a nine-sack year in 2019 for the Bengals, which would also have served as a high for Seattle a season ago. His playing time was gradually reduced by Cincinnati and he saw the field for just 12 defensive shots against the Cleveland Browns last weekend. But Dunlap is helping give the team a vanguard player they’ve been missing since Bruce Irvin was lost to the torn ACL in week 2 and will help reduce the workload for the rest of the rushers. .
“Carlos has been a very, very consistent player for a long time,” Carroll said. “He’s always been fast, always athletic. He always moves his feet well and gets off the rock and knows exactly how to play where we want to play him. Really, I was excited to share this with him. He was worried. He didn’t know how we would play with him and things. So it was good for him to hear.
“He’s a guy from the outside, he’s typically what you’re looking for as a rusher. There are always times when you mix up patterns and do things to disguise stuff and all that. He has the ability to (move within) but that’s not what we bring him here to do.
Dunlap had expressed his frustration with his situation in Cincinnati. In an Instagram video after the exchange, Dunlap expressed his enthusiasm for being able to play more regularly in Seattle.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous as hell but I’m as excited as f- too,” Dunlap said. “Everything is from here. Everything is from here. Let’s go. I can play. Above all, I get to to play! »
The Seahawks are allowing 479.2 yards per game in six games this season. That’s almost 50 more yards per game than the second-worst team in the league. Carroll said it was a fresh start for Dunlap in Seattle as they attempt to correct their most glaring problem as they approach the second half of the season.
“I spoke to him,” he says. “He’s really excited to be on our program and bring him in here. … He’s been a stellar dude for a long time on this show and everything that happened has happened, but it’s a new start for him here.