The 7-8 Seahawks welcome the 7-8 New York Jets to Lumen Field for Sunday's matchup. From coaches to players, Week 17's game serves as a big family reunion while also being a big factor in playoff contention for both teams.
Pete Carroll: The City That Never Sleeps
Along the timeline of a decorated career spanning a Super Bowl XLVIII win and two college national championships, Pete Carroll got his first head coaching gig with the New York Jets in 1994. After three seasons serving as defensive coordinator under then-Head Coach Bruce Coslet, Carroll went 6-10 before moving back to the bay area to become the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator. But it was in New York that Carroll employed the focused-but-fun workplace environment that you see on display at Renton today. From installing a basketball court adjacent to the practice field, to random bowling outings to up team morale, many of Carroll's methods used today are old tricks in his book.
Geno Smith: You Got The Juice Now
Nine years after being selected by the Jets in the second round of the 2013 draft, quarterback Geno Smith squares off against his former team. It wasn't just a tumultuous time in the Meadowlands that fueled the West Virginia alum to his first Pro Bowl nomination in 2022 - Smith is currently 2-0 against former teams this season.
Smith has made it more than clear that he holds no grudge against the team that drafted him, but Sunday's matchup is another victory Seattle needs in their hopes of a playoff berth.
Robert Saleh: Under the Wing
From 2011-2013, Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh served as defensive quality control coach under Pete Carroll in Seattle. The Northern Michigan alum was part of the Super Bowl XLVIII staff that brought the first championship to Emerald City. Now, Saleh squares off against his former boss and mentor with playoff chances at stake.
D.J. Reed: Coast-To-Coast
In 2020, Seattle claimed Kansas State cornerback D.J. Reed off waivers. Over 24 games, Reed nabbed four interceptions and 16 pass deflections. After testing the free agency market, Reed signed a three-year deal with the Jets.
Offensive Line Shuffle
On Sunday, the New York Jets offensive line will feature two former Seahawks at the tackle positions. After several years protecting Russell Wilson, tackle Duane Brown signed with the Jets in August.
From 2016-2019, Jets tackle George Fant played 46 games for Seattle.
Jets rotation tackle Cedric Ogbuehi spent the 2020-21 season with Seattle, spending time with several AFC teams before joining the Jets this season.
Leon Washington: One of a Kind
Jets Assistant Special Teams Coach Leon Washington helped solidify his playing career during his time in Seattle from 2010-2012. The former cornerback remains tied for No.2 in kickoff returns for a touchdown in NFL history. He is one of six Jets coaches, including Salah, who either played for Carroll in Seattle or worked on his coaching staff along with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, defensive backs/safeties coach Marquand Manuel, assistant defensive line coach Greg Scruggs, and defensive assistant Ricky Manning Jr.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the New York Jets, the 21st meeting between the two teams, for Week 17 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at some of their previous matchups.