Happy Blue Friday, 12s! Here's a look at what's out there today, September 10, about your Seattle Seahawks.
Carlos Dunlap II and DeeJay Dallas Join 710 ESPN's "Jake & Stacy"
Defensive line appears to be one of the Seahawks' deepest and most talented position groups heading into the 2021 season. One of the veterans helping to anchor that group is Carlos Dunlap II, whom the Seahawks acquired via trade midway through the 2020 season.
The trade for Dunlap paid dividends immediately. He recorded 1.5 sacks in his first game with the team en route to tallying 5.0 total in eight games and helping fuel a major defensive turnaround for the Seahawks. Now, after having a complete offseason to get fully acquainted with the team, he'll hope to make an even bigger impact on the Seahawks defense. On Thursday, Dunlap joined Jake Heaps, Stacy Rost and Dave Wyman for 'The Huddle' segment of 710 ESPN's "Jake & Stacy" show, and talked about what the offseason was like, his aspirations for the upcoming year, and more. Below are a few highlights:
On what it was like to have a full offseason with the Seahawks:
"It was pretty exciting, being on this side and seeing how Pete and this organization run training camp was pretty impressive to see. I feel pretty good going into the season. I think guys are ready to hit somebody else, as everyone's heard from social media."
On his mentality heading into his 12th season:
"I've got a lot to prove. Obviously I've gone public about my goals for this year. My aspirations are to get 13 sacks so I can get above 100 [for my career]. But obviously that's the floor for me, that's not the ceiling. I don't set the ceiling, I set the floor and attack everything in between. Defensively we want to be the best defense in the league, number one on third downs and rushing the passer, sacks total."
On the most gratifying sacks he's had:
"Getting Tom Brady as a Patriot, in his last season as a Patriot. That one and my first one, getting Peyton Manning as a Colt. Those two are pretty gratifying, because you know they get the ball out quick, they don't like to get hit — or, they don't get sacked too often — so getting either one of them, definitely highlights for me … Peyton didn't talk [smack], but Brady definitely did."
Later in the show, Seahawks running back and consensus preseason MVP DeeJay Dallas joined the show to discuss his offseason and what it's been like learning a new offense under Shane Waldron.
On "finding himself" during the offseason:
"This offseason I just kind of went on a self-discovery journey. Really my main focus was just getting back to myself. I trained in Arizona and had some good trainers around me, good people around me, and we just kind of hit it running. I didn't even take too long of a break — I think I took like three days after the season was over — and I got back into training and working out and really focusing on getting my mental strong, finding that mental stamina."
On the process of learning a new offense under offensive coordinator Shane Waldron:
"It was a reset for me. I kind of used my rookie season as my senior season at Miami, and this season is my rookie season part two. Every day I come into the building, every day is a new day, every season is a new season, so I'm going to approach this season just like a rookie would and treat myself as a rookie … Learning a new offense was fun, and I can't wait to get out on Sunday and show the world what this offense can do."
Week 1 Kickoff Viewing Party at Lumen Field Set For Sunday
A reminder that the Seahawks are hosting the Kickoff Viewing Party presented by Bud Light at Lumen Field's Muckleshoot Plaza this Sunday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with kickoff at 10 a.m. PT. There will be beer, mimosas, big screens, food trucks, and much, much more. You'll also be able to take a selfie with the Super Bowl XLVIII Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl Ring.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $20 per person. Click here to learn more and grab your tickets now.
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Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle on Russell Wilson’s “special juice” and what it means for the Seahawks’ new-look offense.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle answers your questions in the latest Seahawks Mailbag.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times on the Seahawks’ defense and their chance to be better than they were during the second half of 2020.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times on former UW standout Sidney Jones embracing his new start with the Seahawks.
Photos from Seahawks practice on Thursday, September 9 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.