Seahawks hope new program will help Jamal Adams rediscover production – Seattle Seahawks Blog

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are undergoing their most significant defensive change under coach Pete Carroll.

They have a new coordinator in Clint Hurtt, who was promoted before Seattle hired a pair of high-ranking assistants to work with him. Carroll’s new brain trust – Hurtt, associate head coach Sean Desai and defensive passing game coordinator Karl Scott – is installing an updated scheme that he hopes will fix the issues that have led to stretches historically futile in each of the past two seasons. .

Consider safety Jamal Adams a fan.

“It’s really exciting,” Adams said during the minicamp. “We’ve brought in coaches who are really keen to teach everyone. It’s a defense I know [Quandre] Diggs and I are really excited to be a part of it. It’s very aggressive where we can be interchangeable, where we can make a lot of plays at the back.”

Perhaps no one in Seattle’s defense will benefit more from the scheme changes than Adams, the solid safety who made the Pro Bowl in a record-breaking first season in Seattle in 2020 but underwhelmed in a disappointing follow-up in 2021.

In fact, the strong and free safety designations might be less applicable to Adams and Diggs in Seattle’s new defense.

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In the top seven, the Seahawks will incorporate more 3-4 looks continuing the change that began last season. At the back, they’ll execute more split safety looks — a hallmark of the Vic Fangio system that Hurtt and Desai learned as assistants under Fangio with the Chicago Bears. The idea is that if Adams and Diggs are both lined up as high safeties before the slam, opposing quarterbacks can’t as easily determine who’s doing what on a given play.

On a larger scale, the goal is to keep offense guessing by being able to run multiple covers from the same pre-snap lineup.

“I think it’s going to help both of us,” Diggs said. “I think guys can’t auto tag [Adams] and say he’s in the box and he’s blitzing and sliding his way. I’ve always learned from the different quarterbacks I play with. They always monitor security in the back. And now, with the security in the back just showing something different or sort of sitting there… you don’t know what we’re into. Not sure what controls we have. So I think it’s going to be great.”

The belief inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center is that Adams went from 9.5 sacks in 2020 — the most by a defensive back since sacks became an official stat in 1982 — to zero last season in big part because it has become too easy for the opponents. spot. With offenses paying more attention to Adams, the Seahawks reduced his blitz significantly. He’s averaging four per game compared to 8.25 in 2020, even though he played 5.75 more snaps per game as Seattle’s defense struggled to get off the field.

But some in the organization believe more creativity with how Adams was deployed as a blitzer would have made him less predictable.

“If every time this guy is in this position he does this, well, it’s easier for this opponent to say, ‘OK, he’s here, we’re doing this,'” Scott, who coaches coaches, said. defensive backs in addition to his role as defensive passing coordinator. “Whereas if he’s in that position, now he’s going to half-time, he’s blitzing, now he’s playing flat… now the multiples are happening and now it’s the guessing game on them. A kind of taking back the chalk and having the chalk last to dictate what they do instead of them dictating it to us.”

Adams and Diggs will have more freedom to move before the shot to obscure defensive gazes and make this guessing game even more difficult for opposing quarterbacks.

“If you know the nuances of what the offenses are looking for, it can help you as a player to dress up and have a bit of control over what you dress up for,” Scott said. “Because at the end of the day, you’re trying to disguise yourself to fool them, not yourself. It’s kind of like organized chaos.”

The four-year, $70 million extension Adams signed last summer likely ties him to the Seahawks for at least the next two seasons, as they would incur more than $21 million in dead money by leaving him before then. . It is therefore far from being at a crossroads in Seattle. But Adams needs to produce more like he did in 2020 for the Seahawks to justify the investment they’ve made — two first-round picks and a record overtime to keep him.

Changes to Seattle’s schedule will only make a difference for Adams if he can stay healthy. That includes a twice torn left shoulder labrum that required surgery in each of the past two offseasons. He and Diggs – who is also coming out of surgery after dislocating his ankle and breaking his fibula in last season’s finale – went on guided tours during minicamp. Adams left no doubt he will be at full speed when training camp begins on July 27, while Diggs said his plan is to return by then.

Adams has also had repeat surgeries this offseason on the ring finger and middle finger of his left hand, which he began dislocating in 2020. They are fused at such an angle that he can no longer fully bend them into one. fist.

Between the shoulder and finger injuries, Adams said he “played with a damn close arm for two years.”

“It’s for the love of the game,” he said. “I’ve been going through this for two years. My first year when I got here, I dislocated my ring finger probably about 10 times, and the other probably about…12. I deal with that. I don’t I haven’t really said much. Everyone talks about it, whatever. But it’s okay now, and they’re in trouble.”

New fingers, new shoulder, new trainers, new scheme.

Can all of this unlock the Adams of old?

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