Seattle Seahawks star safety Jamal Adams insists he has no hard feelings toward the New York Jets or their head coach Adam Gase ahead of their Week 14 matchup. Adams, who was taken at No. 6 in the 2017 NFL draft by the Jets, forced his way out of New York this past summer.
Just before being traded to the Seahawks, Adams said Jets coach Gase "wasn't a leader." "I don't hate Adam Gase," Adams said ahead of facing the Jets on Sunday, as quoted on ESPN. "I have no problem with Adam Gase.
I just feel he didn't handle certain situations well as a head coach. That's just my opinion. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, just like you guys are. Everybody's entitled to an opinion, and that's the world we live in.
But like I said, I have no hate towards Adam."
Adams says the Seahawks respect him more than the Jets did
There was time when Adams wanted to reach a long-term deal with the Jets and spend the rest of his career in New York but it all changed after he started suspecting the Jets weren't respecting him as much as they should.
"The guys that make the decisions over there, they just didn't value me like Seattle does and I appreciate that," Adams said. "There's no hard feelings towards them. They had different views. I had a different view, but at the end of the day, I'm just happy to be where I am and I have an organization that believes in me, believes I can get it done and thinks highly of me.
That's all I can ask for, man. It's just all about respect for me." Adams, a two-time Pro Bowl safety, admits he is excited to play his ex-team but he doesn't want to make the game about himself. "I'm not trying to hype myself up," Adams noted.
"I'm not trying to go out there and prove that I can make this play and make that play. I was with them for three years. They've seen me, they've seen what I can do. I have a lot of respect for a lot of the guys over there.
They're going to be talking noise. I'm going to be talking noise. It's going to be a fun battle. I know their record might not show it all the time, but that's a ballclub that never stops fighting."