Jamal Adams’ first game in over a month didn’t go well personally or collectively for the Seattle Seahawks’ increasingly shoddy defense.
The former Jets safety committed a costly penalty and appeared to get into a brief but spirited conversation with head coach Pete Carroll in the third quarter of Sunday’s 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the the most points allowed in Carroll’s 11 seasons with the team.
“Obviously, it’s new guys, including myself … and we’re feeling each other out as far as knowing what we can do,” Adams said after the game. “There’s always pros and cons with everything, so we just got to continue to get better, continue to learn our teammates and continue to gel.
“This defense will be fine. Obviously, it’s frustrating, not coming out with a win and obviously having a lot of mistakes on the field, including myself. But we just got to be better, and we will be better.”
Seattle’s defense easily has yielded the most yardage in the NFL this season at 455.8 yards per game, and Josh Allen torched the unit Sunday for 415 passing yards and three touchdowns plus an additional rushing score.
Adams, who hadn’t played since Sept. 27 due to a groin injury, was beaten badly in coverage by Stephon Diggs off the line of scrimmage on one pass play in the third quarter.
And his illegal-contact penalty for tripping Cole Beasley downfield in the fourth negated a third-down sack by Ryan Neal that would have given Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense the ball down by a touchdown. The Bills scored later on that drive to extend their lead back to 14 points.
“That’s a play I wish I could have back,” said Adams, the All-Pro strong safety who was acquired from the Jets for two first-round picks in July.
When it was suggested that Beasley appeared to embellish the play to draw a flag, Adams refused to allow that to be used as an excuse.
“That’s out of my control. You win some, you lose some, man,” he said. “At the end of the day, whether I get beat on a play or whether I give up a play, I’m still working on my jabs.
“I’m never going to flinch. This defense is never going to flinch. So at the end of the day, that’s just what happened. But you learn from it and you get better and you improve.”
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