This position group had the most impressive turnaround of any other position group in the entire NFL. Throughout the first half of the season, this defensive line continually failed to apply pressure on the opposing quarterback. As a result, quarterbacks had ample time in the pocket to go through their reads and pick apart this defense.
The poor play up front led to poor play in the back end as the defensive backs were struggling to cover for that long. But, after Carlos Dunlap came along, something changed.
DT Jarran Reed and Poona Ford put together two of their best seasons. They were exceptional in the run game all year long and began applying more pressure after Dunlap came to the team. DE Rasheem Green and rookie Alton Robinson also showed flashes of potential. Rookie Darrell Taylor never made it on the field but did begin to practice with the team entering the Wild Card round.
If the Seahawks can retain DE Carlos Dunlap, this defensive line will pick up right where they left off last season. With a solid rotation up front and the addition of Darrell Taylor, this defensive line has the potential to be better next season.