Be excited about this front four
All year along, the Seattle defense has struggled in applying pressure. Before the trade deadline, they made a much-needed move of acquiring pro bowl DE, Carlos Dunlap. Dunlap made his debut with the Seahawks against the Bills, and it sure was exciting. I know the secondary has been getting ripped throughout the season, but not all the blame can be put on them. Sure, they’ve gotten beat over the top — which is a sin in Coach Carroll’s defense — but also keep in mind, that it is extremely difficult to cover for 5 or more seconds.
Against San Francisco, Pete Carroll and Ken Norton got that sense and hence, they brought a ton of pressure. Without Shaquill Griffin and Ugo Adami, the Seahawks once again dialed up the pressure. Carlos Dunlap was very effective in his debut with this team. He finished the game with 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback hits. Early in the third quarter, I thought Dunlap made one of the more impressive plays in the game by bulldozing the offensive linemen back and finishing the play with a sack.
In the Seahawks first six games, they totaled 9 sacks. In the last two games alone, they have totaled 10 sacks. Remember, an NFL season is a marathon, not a race. Each team is going to have vulnerabilities and soft spots that opposing teams will try and attack. You rather have it show early on in the year as opposed to later on in the year when it’s too late to fix. The Seahawks attempted to fix their problem by trading for Dunlap.
Coach Carroll is known to have teams that get better in the months of November and December. I think the overreaction in the media set Seahawk fans into a frenzy as the team let up a lot of total yards in the first half of the season. But, again, we are approaching the middle of November and the Seahawks are still in first place in the NFC West with a record of 6-2. The defense can only get better from here on out. I would like to believe, based off what I’ve been seeing, that they will improve and be a middle of the pack defense by the playoffs.
Also, keep in mind that we have yet to see the debut of Snacks Harrison. There is a good chance we see him this weekend against the Rams.
Snacks will help add more interior pass rush as well as another run stopper to this defensive front.