Jamal Adams had himself a damn good day. His Seahawks throttled the Jets, Adams’ former team, of course, and the star safety made history in the process.
Amid Seattle’s 40-3 win, Adams sacked Sam Darnold once and reached 8.5 sacks on the season. That makes Adams the new sack king among defensive backs in NFL history, surpassing Adrian Wilson’s single-season record (8.0, 2015).
Pete Carroll awarded Adams with the game ball following the win. Carroll said he rarely gives out game balls and only remembers doing so one other time as coach of the Seahawks. “I can’t even remember giving a game ball out, except maybe to Paul Allen or something like that,” Carroll said postgame. “I can’t remember. It was a unique time. I thought when the all-time, ever, record was set today. To me, that’s big time.”
The poignant gesture understandably resonated with Adams as he’s in the midst of his first year with the Seahawks.
“That just shows the class of this organization and how much they support me and vice versa," Adams said. "We’re all in it together. When someone does or achieves something pretty big, makes history, we always show love to that person.”
Adams did have fun with his one gaffe of the day, a dropped interception that hit him in the chest and may have been a pick-six had he caught the gift-wrapped chance at a takeaway.
“Dropping a pick, golly, I suck. That was horrible,” Adams said self-deprecatingly. “You have to capitalize on the opportunities when they come.”
There was no denying that breaking the record against his former team was special. Seattle’s star safety said he woke up on Sunday morning feeling that extra layer of excitement and meaning. Adams was seen jawing with the Jets sideline all game long, just as he said he would on Friday.
He shared postgame handshakes and hugs with former teammates and coaches. He and Gase shared a few words with Gase telling his former pupil to go get a Super Bowl.
“Seeing those guys, seeing the coaches... seeing so many guys, it just brings back a lot of memories,” Adams said. “Because I do miss those guys. This is bigger than football. It goes back to relationships. That’s the special thing and the beautiful thing about the game of football.”
What’s impressive is that Adams now has the DB sack record despite missing four games due to a groin injury. With three games left to play against the Washington Football Team, the Rams and the 49ers, Adams has his sights set on double digits.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet that I broke the record but, really I’m trying to shatter it to be real with you,” Adams said. “This is just a start, it’s not the finish. The marathon continues.”