Presidents Boot Camp Diary: Carlos Dunlap Explains Why He Chose Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs entered their season with a distinct need in the ultimate defensive position.

As chiefs watched marquee names like Chandler Jones (Las Vegas Raiders), Randy Gregory (Denver Broncos), and Khalil Mack (Los Angeles Chargers) go head-to-head with divisional rivals, there was a consensus that free agent Melvin Ingram would eventually end up once again. Other Kansas City.

But it wasn’t to be. Ingram signed with the Miami Dolphins in Mayleaving the chiefs With rare options in this post. Knowing this, the Chiefs hosted 12-year-old veteran Carlos Dunlap to St. Joseph in late July. It doesn’t matter to the Kansas City coaches that Dunlap arrives in the middle of the night.

“I got to what?” Dunlap said, speaking to the media after Thursday’s training at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. They had all the questions I wanted to get answered. Each of them spent time. [I] Spend time with Coach (Andy) Reed one by one, eat pizza, then go there with [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] Coach (Defensive Line) [Joe] Colin, I watched some tapes. It basically showed me where I’d be, the defense they run, how they call it, the rhythm – and I loved where it came to me. So I fell that morning.”

Fortunately for the Chiefs, Dunlap took a lot of time while looking for the team he wanted to join in 2022. After 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and two with the Seattle Seahawks, he knew what he wanted — and was willing to wait for the right situation to present itself.

“This is my thirteenth year,” he said. “I did it in 12 different ways, so I wanted to make sure I made an informed decision and went with a team where there was a shared interest in my ability to play and how I would use it – and the chance of winning, because at this point, I played a lot of football. One of the things I didn’t do is that I didn’t get over 100 sacks, I didn’t win a playoff game, I clearly didn’t win the Super Bowl.So these are the things I’d like to do at this point in my career, and I’m on the hunt, and I feel like this team gives me a great opportunity – better opportunity to do so.”

At 96.0 sacks, the veteran needs only four to reach 100 sacks, a feat only 60 players have accomplished since 1960. Had Dunlap been president in 2021, 4.0 sacks would have been good for a third on the team. But don’t tell him that.

“Four bags a year is not my goal,” Dunlap said. “I’m trying to get an average of 8.0 per year, and I want to go even more. I put my money in place with the deal we made – we structured it that way, for incentives to increase it.”

When Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo spoke to the media last week, He was hesitant to say much, arguing that Dunlap did not put “pen to paper”. Thursday’s briefing was a different story.

“The first thing that stands out is the height,” Spagnolo said of Dunlap, who is 6-foot-6. “I remember a few years ago [when] we had [Tanoh Kpassagnon]And I’ve always thought it’s good to have it inside or out because I think that’s tough for midfielders – so that’s the first thing. He’s one of the other veterans who’ve gone through the cracks, so I think that’s an advantage – and then, in short, I obviously saw him play. Not much – I just watched a bit of the tape. We’ll really have to figure out what he can do, and where to put him.”

Dunlap has scored at least 6.0 sacks each season since 2011, an impressive display of consistency in a skill not so easily developed. Dunlap’s highest level of work in a single bag season was 13.5, which he accomplished with Cincinnati in 2015.

“He’s been doing it for a long time,” Spagnolo said. “The system he’s been working on in Cincinnati all those years has been kind of favorable to him. Mike Zimmer had held it for a long time in what they were doing. It was a four-base system; call it what you want. We’re multiple now, two different things, but I “I think he’s doing well on the outside. We’ve talked about him playing inside – we’ll see where that goes. I’m not really sure. I want to get him comfortable in one place first. But then again, I’m going back to the height. He knows how to get into the midfield.” Sometimes, this is innate.I always say that 70% of the rush to swipe is “a desire for it.”

With the defense completely new to Dunlap, the Chiefs kept him out of any training reps on Thursday – but he watched from the sidelines. Upon his arrival, one of the first new teammates Dunlap spoke to was defensive tackle Chris Jones, who had worked with him in Miami during the holiday period. At the time, Dunlap was not yet president.

“When I came here today, [Jones] “We didn’t know this was going to be a real thing,” Dunlap said. “It’s great to really get to know each other a little bit this season because we’ve been working together.”

Dunlap revealed the interest of two other teams, but as he talked more and more with the chiefs, he felt a level of comfort in their plans. With the defensive end turning 33, not every team necessarily felt they could be an asset every time. But it appears that the president is planning to make him a key player in the squad.

We’ll roll over,” Dunlap said. “You have a little bull – [a] From the first round he has a lot of talent. The sky is the limit for him, so the chance [is there for me] To play on every bottom. At this point in my career, since I’ve been close to many games and have 96.0 sacks in my career, they’re trying to relate to being older, taking your shots, and showing you off in fleeting situations. But I like to eat [whatever] You put it on the table. First and second down are just as important to me as third place.

“I did a lot of things in third place – I closed a lot of matches in third – but I feel if you impact the game early in the first and second you can put the game away even sooner. And those guys obviously lit up the scoreboard a million times One, so I look forward to contributing my strengths to what they are already doing well here.”


You can find the full notes posted from Thursday’s practice over here.

Post practice chat

Press Conferences (Steve Spagnolo, Carlos Dunlap, Skye Moore and Andrew Wylie)

injury report

  • Not exercising (due to injury): CB Rashad Fenton (shoulder) or Lucas Niang (knee), TE Jodi Fortson (quad), WR Doris Fountain (groin area), WR Gary Jennings (concussion)
  • back to practice: OL Prince Tega Wanogho (Leg) Free Download mp3

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Wide receiver Skyy Moore strikes him as playing Patrick Mahomes: “It’s hard to have that kind of moment while playing, but like, ‘When I get home and watch a video or something, I’ll be too,'”dangThis is madness.'”

What’s Next?

The Chiefs will have a day off on Friday and camp will resume with lined practice on Saturday. Saturday practice begins at 9:15 a.m. arrowhead time. Here’s the full schedule. The full-back will be available to sign autographs after training as coach Andy Reed addresses the media on the podium.