Pete Carroll defends Jamal Adams trade as “terrific”

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The Seahawks are reeling, and owner Jody Allen is paying attention. As a result, some selling needs to be done about the current state of the team.

With Seattle’s first-round pick — possibly a high one — earmarked for the Jets as the second half of the Jamal Adams trade, coach Pete Carroll had no choice but to defend it.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Carroll called the move a “terrific trade” for the Seahawks.

Adams played in 12 games last year and 12 this year, with both seasons cut short due to injury. He gets injured because he plays the position with reckless intensity, an admirable quality.

It is an admirable trade? When the Seahawks made the move, they expected to be losing a pair of low first-round picks. Instead, they’ll be losing a top-10 (perhaps top-five) selection in 2022.

“Unfortunately, he got hit just the wrong way and he’s going to have to get fixed up,” Carroll told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s been through this before and he’s really rocked by it, of course. We are all pulling for him to come out and get back at this thing as soon as possible. I’m really disappointed for him, as well as us.”

It was good for Adams to get his long-term deal before the season began. It was smart. He knew that the risk of injury constantly exists, especially for someone who plays like he does. And the Seahawks, after giving up so much to get him, had no choice but to pay him.

Still, it’s fair to wonder whether they regret the move. Think of it this way. If the deal they did was so good, would someone else give them two first-run picks for Adams now? Would someone have done it before this year’s injury? The honest answer to that question becomes the honest answer to the question of whether the trade was truly “terrific.”

50 responses to “Pete Carroll defends Jamal Adams trade as “terrific”

  1. It was a terrific trade … for the rest of NFC West.

    It’s a massive rip off for the Seahawks. The fan base totally deserves it.
    Will anyone hire this clown after Allen fires him?

  2. Pete is right. When you get a chance to pick up an elite player, you go for it. If you get enough difference makers on one team, they can dominate. Hey, Walter Payton played on some real lousy Bears’ teams. Even Walter needed a little help.

  3. If the team’s current state isn’t enough to convince you, this should tell you that Pete has definitively jumped the shark.

  4. They would be hard pressed to get a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Jamal Adams now. Giving up multiple first round picks almost never works.

  5. I am not sure if this is the right question–I think Jamal Adams is very good–maybe even elite, but he has NOT be used very well by the Seahawks in the defense.

    The poor play of the defense and the lack of production from the offense is a lot to do with Pete Carroll not being able to adapt and make the best use of the talent he does have.

  6. he’s an extra unblocked pass rusher- thats where he gets his most notable stats- who is mediocre at best in the secondary. you can get that player in the 5th round of every draft

  7. He has regressed exactly 100% since last season in his sack numbers. That was the only thing he did well and now he has zero. He will never again reach those numbers. This guy gets eaten alive by mid tier TEs. Do you really want him on your last line of defense at his price tag? They should’ve signed him and then subsequently traded him. Problem is no other team was brainless enough to harbor that contract for a lower end safety who can rush the passer. Worst part is after he got his money he can’t even do that. They overpaid for a safety who can talk trash to the media but can’t back any of that up with tape. Seattle loves these kinds guys. On another note. Where are the “12s”? They disappeared as fast as the “dynasty”.

  8. Bostonian and diehard pats fan. I was only 13 when he got fired in 2000. I was also lucky enough to decommission my submarine at Puget Sound in 2010, so I know how rabid the UW/WSU/Seahawks fan base is.

    With that being said, it’s evident he ran his course. The only legitimate players coach I can say sustains success is Andy Reid. Too many egos and contracts handed out under the Schneider/Carroll regime.

    The Seahawks were a force, what a super bowl we played, but it’s time to rebuild. I love Wilson but with all the chips traded away he’s your best trade asset at this point, along with Metcalf and Lockett.

    Every team rebuilds, it appears time in the PACNORWEST.

  9. When you let the worst GM in the league fleece you this bad, that’s terrifically terrible.

  10. Somebody is going to inherit a great big mess when the season is over. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

  11. Other moves they have made to acquire talented players have been smarter. The Clowney trade comes to mind. He didn’t really pan out but they didn’t give up that much for a guy that the team didn’t want any more. The Jets wanted to get rid of Adams, why give them so much then? I think they hoped he’d be Earl Thomas 2.0 but he’s nothing like Thomas. Thomas was the linchpin that made their defense elite before. His speed in coverage allowed guys like Chancellor and Sherman to play aggressive.

  12. Walter was a first round pick…can’t have too many elite players around when you dont have any first round picks.

  13. Adams is clearly a difference maker. He reminds me of Sanders of Indy
    and Sean Lee. They all played the game with great intensity and were
    almost hall of fame talent, however, their intense play led to numerous
    injuries. This is the modern NFL. Donnie Shell’s of yesterday would not last
    in today’s game. All players are in incredible shape and with the speed of the game
    this leads to more injuries than in old days. Bottom line a career of 6 years is
    an accomplishment.
    Perhaps the NFL should lengthen the season instead of forcing teams to play on short
    weeks. I’m sure the broadcast partners wouldn’t mind a longer season with more days
    off for teams. If properly staggered it would help players recover and be less susceptible
    to injury. Just start the season a week earlier and end it later.

  14. My take is Seattle went for the brass ring: bring in some high quality free agents to fill gaps and with Wilson put together another strong SB run. It didnt work this time. Many of those guys took the money but didnt play up to expectations costing the team the season.
    IMO Wilson has totally lost his skills. HIs running wild is more in his dreams these days.

  15. That’s Pete being Pete. He has no place in his brain to accept anything different but that the Adams trade is terrific. You can’t put Pete and Russell Wilson in the same briefing room because the positive vibes would destroy the sound system, camera lens would crack and the lights would explode. I’m surprised they can fly on the same airplane without jamming the electronics

  16. He is a good player but the box safety is a dieing role in the NFL.

    He could be the best box safety in the league and not be worth a first rounder let alone two.

    Say what you want but the true box safety is about as big a need as a fullback in the NFL right now. You only need one on certain plays and it ant that often.

  17. Just another bad move by Pete and his old school coaching ideas that a great defense and run run pass on offense works, time has passed him by.

  18. I’m not sure how healthy it is for the league long term to feed the Jets addiction to destroying a new first round QB every year.

  19. I’m not sure in what world that makes sense. Perhaps with all the gum chomping they misheard and misquoted him.

  20. charliecharger says:
    December 8, 2021 at 8:56 pm
    Pete is right. When you get a chance to pick up an elite player, you go for it. If you get enough difference makers on one team, they can dominate. Hey, Walter Payton played on some real lousy Bears’ teams. Even Walter needed a little help.

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    How many SBs have the Rams won since becoming a “dream team” of players?

  21. two 1st rounders for a top 3 player at his position and energetic leader? any GM would say yes to this

  22. He’s right. A terrific trade for the Jets. Injuries like this to a hard hitting safety are bad news.

  23. Yeah! The results show how “terrific!” it really was for your team! Can you make more terrific moves?

  24. He is a good player but the box safety is a dieing role in the NFL.
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    If he could cover (anyone!) I think they’d use him as a LBr.

  25. I think they hoped he’d be Earl Thomas 2.0 but he’s nothing like Thomas. Thomas was the linchpin that made their defense elite before. His speed in coverage allowed guys like Chancellor and Sherman to play aggressive.
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    If they thought Adams was Earl, they SHOULD be fired.

    Wasn’t it the Jets D-coordinator that said Adams can’t play Carrolls defense? In coach-speak, that is an absolute HAYMAKER!… and he was right.

    .. Sherm was the best corner in the League last decade. Its really not even close. Earl was one of the best centerfielders of all-time, but that doesn’t change the fact that Sherm locked down and shut out his man, pretty much every week.

  26. Adams isn’t as bad as the rhetoric would lead you to believe, but in no world is he worth 2 firsts and being the highest payed safety in the league for a safety. Interviews and soundbites from Pete Carroll are worthless. The guy never gives a straight answer.

  27. It was terrific for Adams. The Seabags gave him a $70M extension and are stuck with him through at least 2023. It was also terrific for the Jets because they’re going to get a very high pick from the deal. Pete is just using spin to try to save his job.

  28. The problem is the Seahawks gave too much for Adams. They had no choice but to extend him due to what they had given for him. On the other hand First round picks has not been PC or JS strong suit. They have not picked well in the first round in 11 years. And to me this trade is the second worst. The worst in my estimation was Jimmy Graham. They not only gave up a first round pick but the starting center. They have never been able to find Unger’s replacement.

  29. safety has become a position that has lost its value. giving up 2 no.1’s for Adams will been seen as a mistake. 1 and done last year and not even making the dance this year seals the deal

  30. safety has become a position that has lost its value.
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    More valuable than ever.

    Look at what is being done to the Chiefs. They can’t seem to overcome teams playing 2-deep safeties.

    The LOB has been copied all over the League, with teams playing 3-deep coverages.

    Heck, just look at Seattle. They’re back to playing respectable defense, and Quandre Diggs is a huge part of that.

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