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Thursday Round-Up: Dave Wyman Breaks Down Jamal Adams' Gutsy Wild Card Performance For "Football 101"

Even though the All-Pro safety was battling through a tough shoulder injury, Wyman says playing Adams in last Saturday’s game against the Rams was the right move.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, January 14 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Dave Wyman Breaks Down Jamal Adams' Performance Against The Rams In "Football 101" Video

It was a historic season for Seahawks safety Jamal Adams. The three-time All-Pro recorded 9.5 sacks — an NFL record for a defensive back — along with 83 tackles and 11 tackles for loss in just 12 games played. Adams' presence was also a big factor in the Seahawks' defensive turnaround, going from under achieving over the first eight games of the year to one of the league’s best units during the second half of the season.

In the Week 17 regular season finale against the 49ers, however, Adams suffered a shoulder injury that was later determined to be a torn labrum. He was a limited participant in practice the following week leading up to the Wild Card game against the Rams, but Adams made it clear that his shoulder would not prevent him from suiting up for his first career playoff game. Adams did indeed start on Saturday at his usual strong safety spot, recording four total tackles, though a key 44-yard completion by Rams QB Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp with Adams in coverage seemed to show just how much the shoulder injury may have limited him.

710 ESPN Seattle's Dave Wyman broke down Adams' gutsy performance this week in his latest "Football 101" video, detailing what he thought Adams did well, what could have been done better, and why suiting up was ultimately the right decision for Adams and the Seahawks.

"Absolutely, yes," Wyman said about the question of whether or not Adams should've been on the field. "First of all, I don't think you're going to keep that guy off the field. And secondly, I just think he gets to places that other players can't. However, there was a couple of plays — and this is not me making excuses for Jamal Adams — but when you are playing with one shoulder, it makes it difficult."

One play Wyman looked at was a 2nd and 8 early in the second quarter with the Rams backed up on their own seven yard line. Adams diagnosed the short pass and came across from the other side of the field to lay a hit on Rams receiver Robert Woods to cause an incompletion.

"He comes all the way — like he does a lot of times — all the way from the other side, he's lined up here," Wyman explains as he breaks down the X's and O's on the whiteboard. "Woods goes in motion on the snap and he becomes kind of a little outlet valve for Goff … and Goff throws it all the way back here. Well by this time, Jamal Adams is all the way over here, he reacts on the throw and just blows up Robert Woods, knocks the ball out. He had three pass deflections in this, and that's playing with one arm."

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