The arrival of Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks last season resulted in a pretty noticeable improvement to the team’s defense in general, and more specifically the pass rush. But in his ninth game with the team, the NFC West champion Hawks were unceremoniously knocked out of the playoffs by the division rival Rams, and shortly after Dunlap became a free agent.
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Dunlap has since re-signed with Seattle, and the 32-year-old defensive end is making it clear he wants to see through what the team’s defense started late last season.
“I think the team’s motivated. I think we all know we fell short and the main reason why was on us,” Dunlap told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant in an interview Thursday. “We didn’t perform when it was time to perform, so we got sent home. Coming in with that experience, and having the experience to be with the team for the whole season (in 2021) I think is going to help me long-term, make things easier. And I feel like we can continue to build on where we left because I feel like things were just starting to click for us going into the playoffs, and I want to pick up where we left off.”
Part of that sense that the defense was clicking before Seattle’s playoff exit had to do with how well Dunlap fit into the Seahawks’ system. Before he was traded midseason from the Bengals to Seattle, the two-time Pro Bowler had seen his role changed and diminished with Cincinnati, and as a result he had just one sack and four quarterback hits in seven games before the move. He said the Seahawks’ head coach knew right away how to use him, however.
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Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports