Thursday featured an unexpected back-and-forth between New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
Williams kicked things off by suggesting that Jamal Adams might get bored in Seattle due to the Seahawks more simplified defensive scheme. Williams noted that he had Adams filling a myriad of roles which led to the safety's best season ever. It's true, Adams had a monster season with 6.5 sacks and his first All-Pro nod.
However, Carroll has a decent track record with getting the most out of his safeties as well. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are the most obvious examples in recent memory, but even Quandre Diggs serves as evidence in Carroll's favor.
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Carroll responded to Williams' comments during an interview with Sports Radio 950 KJR saying that the Jets defensive coordinator "make more mistakes than we do." On top of that, when asked what Adams brings to Seattle, Carroll quipped "not Gregg Williams, that's for sure." Carroll's tone was obviously playful, and he even said, "C'mon Gregg, fire back. Let's have some fun with this one."
Now Chancellor himself has chimed in on Twitter, first with a series of confused-face emojis. He then eloquently stated why Seattle's more simplified defense is actually a benefit to the players.
"When you see a lot, you see nothing. But when you see one thing, you see everything. You can focus better and maximize your potential when you have fewer things to focus on," Chancellor said in a reply to former NFL defensive back T.J. Ward.
🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔👇🏿 https://t.co/18YtEpbIFs— Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) August 14, 2020
Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks coaching staff is well aware of the kind of talent they have in Adams. And as Chancellor said on Twitter, there's no reason to believe that the Seahawks won't maximize his ability in Seattle.
Beyond the scheme, it's hard to imagine Adams getting bored in Seattle given the Seahawks recent run of success. Adams has won just 16 games over his first three NFL seasons with the Jets. The Seahawks have won 21 games over the last two seasons. It's also important to note that these two teams play each other in Week 13 this season. This back-and-forth will undoubtedly resurface as a storyline when mid-December rolls around.