Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams went viral over the summer when he stated that Jamal Adams might get bored with the Seahawks. He was implying that Seattle wouldn’t get as creative with the star safety as he did in New York.
That doesn’t seem to be an issue as Adams dazzled in his Seahawks debut on Sunday. He posted a game-high 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hits in the Seahawks Week 1 win over the Falcons. Adams explained postgame that he blitzed more than enough to keep him entertained.
“I wasn’t bored,” he said. “I was blitzing. I was having fun. It’s about the same (amount of blitzes). It might be a little bit more. It reminded me a little bit of (former Jets DC) Todd Bowles, the way Todd Bowles used me my first two years. I’m just out there making plays.”
It was assumed that you’d see a shift in philosophy from Seattle’s defense upon trading for Adams. The Seahawks aren’t normally a blitz-heavy team, but having Adams rush the passer is paramount in order to take full advantage of his skill set.
Apparently Matt Ryan noticed that the Seahawks deployed Adams differently than he's come to expect from Seattle safeties.
Adams' debut was a comprehensive success, and Pete Carroll was thrilled about what he saw from his star safety on Sunday.
“You couldn’t help but watch Jamal Adams. He’s all over the place,” Carroll said. “He just made some beautiful plays: tackles, hits, pressures and all of that. He’s an extraordinary football player.”
Adams’ energy and leadership was a common talking point throughout training camp, and those traits were evident on Sunday. With the absence of fans in the stadium, Adams and the Seahawks had no problem making sure they were properly hyped up for kickoff.
Carroll noted that the lack of a normal game environment had no impact on the Seahawks readiness to play. Adams was a big reason why.
“He is such an energetic personality,” Carroll said. “He’s got so much fire in him. He’s an incredible competitor. Does it rub off (on other players)? Yes. I’m so thrilled he’s on our team.”
Adams’ sack came on a third down in the second quarter to help thwart a potential Falcons scoring drive. Several of his tackles were either run stops or impressive plays in the flat on short passes. He was a missile to the football throughout the game.
“Whenever my name is called, I’m trying to do whatever I can to help the team win and give the ball back to No. 3,” Adams said. “Obviously, you get the ball back to No. 3, and he’s going to make special plays.”
Apart from not being bored, Adams also noted that he enjoyed watching Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense put up 38 points against the Falcons. During Adams’ three seasons in New York, the Jets offense ranked 24th, 23rd and 31st in points scored.
So, yeah, Sunday was a bit of a new experience for Adams from that standpoint.
“I’m not used to it. It’s exciting,” Adams said when asked about seeing Wilson and the Seahawks offense dominate. “I’m just happy to be part of this organization. These guys tell me they’re happy I’m here, but I’m really happy I’m here. I see so much talent, so much great success coming our way as long as we continue to keep our head down.”
It’s nothing but good vibes right now for Adams and the Seahawks, who will take their 1-0 record in to their home opener in Week 2 against the Patriots on primetime. Adams vs. Cam Newton will surely be worthy of a national audience.