One of Benson Mayowa’s issues is that he is used like Carlos Dunlap has been this season. He drops back in coverage far too much. This is clearly part of the overall design of the Seahawks defense and this is a defense that is terrible.
Seattle’s defense doesn’t give up tons of points but it does the next worst thing. That is, allowing an opposing offense to grind out yards and thoroughly control time of possession. The offense is bad but the defense doesn’t help them out because the offense doesn’t get the ball back quickly.
Mayowa, a pretty decent pass rusher over the last few years, has done extremely little this year even when he isn’t dropping into coverage. Mayowa has played nearly half of the Seahawks defensive snaps (304 of 611) in 2021 but he only has 1 sack and 2 quarterback hits and 2 tackles-for-loss. So what exactly is Mayowa bringing to the team this season?
Mayowa has a cap hit of $3.76 million in 2022 with dead cap of $2.25 million. That $1.5 million difference should be spent on a player who will produce more than Mayowa. “Who?” you ask. Well, nearly any other player, to be honest, could produce in as many snaps as Mayowa has this year.