Pete Carroll “ecstatic” about Jamal Adams trade after first 12 games

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One benefit of the Jamal Adams trade for the Seattle Seahawks is that they won’t have to face him on the other sidelines when the New York Jets come to town this weekend.

But, of course, that’s not the only benefit the Seahawks have felt from their offseason acquisition of Adams.

Head coach Pete Carroll was asked on Monday to give his thoughts about the Adams trade for the team through the first 12 games of the year.

“Oh shoot, ecstatic. Ecstatic about it,” Carroll said. “He’s been everything we could have hoped for at this point and he’s going to keep getting better. He played a really good game yesterday. He didn’t get to pressure quite as much, they didn’t throw the ball quite as much. But he had another sack. He’s a fantastic player. I’m thrilled about the trade.”

The Seahawks acquired Adams and a fourth-round pick in 2022 from the Jets in exchange for two first-round picks, a third-round pick and safety Bradley McDougald in late July.

Adams has 7.5 sacks for Seattle in just eight games played for the team this season. He has picked up a sack in six of those games he’s appeared in and is just a half sack behind Adrian Wilson for the record for most sacks in a season by a defensive back (8.0). For a team that had significant concerns about its pass rush, Adams has been one bright spot in the group along with the addition of Carlos Dunlap at midseason. The Seahawks rank seventh in the league in sacks with 33 through 12 games.

Adams did miss four games due to a groin injury. He’s also been dealing with a sore shoulder after hurting it early in the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Seattle’s defense won’t easily be confused with the Legion of Boom era units any time soon but the team has played much better in recent weeks with Adams back in the lineup. They’ve allowed an average of 19.5 points per game over the stretch with no more than 23 points scored in a game. They hadn’t allowed fewer than 23 points in any game played over the first eight games of the season.

Adams has said it’s taken time for himself and the defense as a whole to get comfortable due to rotating parts and lack of playing time together.

“Coming together, man,” Adams said last week. “Everybody’s getting healthy. We’re starting to understand the defense as a whole. We’re playing together. We’re playing as one. Like I said from the beginning, we knew what we had. We knew what type of talent we had. It was only a matter of time.”

8 responses to “Pete Carroll “ecstatic” about Jamal Adams trade after first 12 games

  1. Great player but not worth the big contract and 2 first rounders. Seattle has holes, they remind me of the Packers 2011 to 2016. You can get safeties in the late rounds and you pay the big men up front because come December that is the kind of football that wins.

  2. He is possibly the best safety in the game. A 5 tool player. Yet we don’t see praise like this for Josh Allen or Adam Thielen here.

  3. They’re 32nd in pass defense this year, he cost them 2 first round picks. I’ll let you guys know what he’s “ecstatic” about when I figure it out…

  4. The Giants are equally ecstatic about Leonard Williams. They’re on a four game winning streak. If the Jets think firing coaches is going to solve their problems, that’s the reason they’re in the position they’re in. The owner has no idea about foitball. You can’t get rid of two HOF type young defensive studs. Even if they draft Trevor Lawrence, they’ll probably trade him for a third round pick in a couple years.

  5. Four months later it just get clearer and clearer the Jets, in their only smart move in years, fleeced the Seahawks. No matter what Carroll and Seahawk fans in utter denial want to say, the truth is crystal clear.

  6. TurnOffTheRadio says:
    December 9, 2020 at 3:47 am
    Glorified linebacker.

    Is that a bad thing? If you can take a linebacker and give him the speed of a safety, I don’t see the downside. And for anybody who says you can find a safety in the later rounds of the draft, duh. You can find qb’s there too. The guy is a generational player.

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