This is the Seahawks Gameday Magazine feature story for Week 12 of the 2020 season, presented by Lumen. Visit our Game Center for more information related to Week 12 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
Moving to a new city and starting work with a new organization can be a daunting task. You might not know anyone living there, or know of any good restaurants to eat at. Perhaps most of all, the weather might not be what you're used to.
This year, the Seahawks added a number of new players – some who had never been to Seattle and others who had hardly left their home state. As the season wears on, players have become more comfortable in the city they now call home.
Carlos Dunlap II joined the Seahawks in late October after spending 10 and a half seasons with the Bengals. He grew up in South Carolina and went to school at the University of Florida, so this part of the country was foreign to him.
But after just three games and a little less than a month in the city, Dunlap has already made himself comfortable. He had just one sack in seven games with Cincinnati this season and has 3.5 sacks in his first three games with Seattle.
"It's just contagious," Dunlap said of the good vibes in Seattle. "The culture from upstairs, to the city, to the valet at the hotel I was staying at when they first put me here, just how in tune everyone is, how positive everyone is consistently. Even with the way we started off (in his tenure) with those two losses, everyone was consistently positive, no one was second guessing anything. Everyone is honest with themselves, willing to work, acknowledged what we needed to do better, and we worked at it. All the layers of the culture here is just positive, believing in the leaders."
The Seahawks snapped their two-game losing streak thanks to a game-sealing sack from Dunlap in the final seconds against the Cardinals. Dunlap has had plenty of sacks in his career – 86 to be exact – but the team's reaction to his latest one stood out above the rest.
"(Pete Carroll) was fired up, he almost tackled me on the sideline," Dunlap said. "That was crazy to see a head coach that involved. The whole sideline was like our 12s today. Everybody was locked into the game the whole way through, it didn't matter who was out there. This is a whole different environment, man. The culture is very lovely, and it's contagious."
Dunlap's rejuvenation has been clear to both his teammates and coaches, as he's brought a new dynamic of his own to the city and organization.