When asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst said the same thing time and time again to describe Wilcox.“I really do think it’s a great fit for our staff and for our players and for this program,” Chryst said.That “great fit” that Chryst described numerous times has some big shoes to fill after the highly-touted and successful defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left to take the same position at LSU.Football: Wisconsin to hire Justin Wilcox as new defensive coordinatorThe Wisconsin football team is close to finalizing a deal to hire former University of Southern California defensive coordinator Justin Read…But for Wilcox, he’s not going to let those lofty expectations affect how he approaches the job.“I think when you start adding in external things you might lose track of what’s really important and that’s just preparing the team as best you can,” Wilcox said. “There are great coaches on the staff, again, I’m just a piece of it.”Any adversity Wilcox may see in his first season as the Badgers new defensive coordinator will be nothing that he hasn’t seen before.After finding success as a defensive coordinator at Boise State, Tennessee and Washington, Wilcox hit a rough patch when holding the same position at USC for the past two seasons. Not only was his head coach Steve Sarkisian forced to step down due to substance abuse problems, but Wilcox was also fired before the team’s bowl game.Wilcox, however, is looking at the situation he’s been in optimistically. He’s embracing it as just another chapter in his life, and he is more than ready for what is to come next.“That’s life in general,” Wilcox said. “Rarely do [things] go exactly how you planned them to go, so it’s when you do have a little adversity here or there that really makes you who you are.”In terms of what Wilcox is expected to bring to the team’s defensive system, Chryst hopes he will bring in a similar strategy to that of Aranda.Not only does the new defensive coordinator plan on implementing the same 3-4 defensive scheme that Aranda had in place, but the two also have a history together, according to Wilcox.When Aranda was coaching at Hawaii and Wilcox was at Boise, they had been in constant communication for a number of years and shared thoughts regarding “football things.”“I watched a lot of tape, we had shared ideas and things like that,” Wilcox said. “There is a lot of similarity. Some of the language may differ a little bit, but they played excellent defense. There is no doubt about it.”And while the current and former defensive coordinators see eye-to-eye, Chryst believes that he and his new assistant see eye-to-eye as well.Wilcox was not on top of the head coach’s list of potential replacements once Aranda told Chryst he was leaving, but Chyrst had heard enough about Wilcox that he wanted to find out more.What he found out was that Wilcox was a “great fit” for what he and the program were looking for.“The more I talked to people, and specifically when I talked to Justin, I got more energy,” Chryst said. “I’m excited for him to be coaching our kids.”
The Jets are done with Jamal Adams, agreeing to trade the All-Pro safety and a fourth-round draft pick in 2022 to the Seahawks for safety Bradley McDougald, first-round draft picks in 2021 and 2022, and a third-round draft pick in 2021.New York announced the trade Saturday, after ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report it. A statement from GM Joe Douglas pic.twitter.com/tc8R4PJ4rr— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 25, 2020Seahawks grade: BIt’s hard to go much lower even with the multiple high draft picks going out. Seattle got a Kam Chancellor/Earl Thomas type, a safety who can play in the box, on the edge or in coverage. Adams will add top-notch pass-rush skills as a blitzer (his 6.5 sacks last season were second on the team).Jamal Adams career snaps at each position:Edge – 318LB – 1,099SS – 328FS – 868A playmaker all over the field. pic.twitter.com/McmP9ftcAA— PFF (@PFF) July 25, 2020Add to that the fact Adams is 24 and will be motivated to earn a new deal if the Seahawks don’t agree to one right away. He should not be a disruption to his new team, either: The Seahawks were one of the clubs on his reported list of preferred trade destinations.In the end, Schneider felt he needed to meet Douglas’ price and add high-level talent to a defense that was 29th in the league last year at 6.0 yards allowed per play. We’ve agreed to a trade with Seattle.We receive:S Bradley McDougald1st round pick (2021)3rd round pick (2021)1st round pick (2022)Seahawks receive:S Jamal Adams4th round pick (2022)📰 https://t.co/bwpcMjj6x6 pic.twitter.com/1vdNb9zshY— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 25, 2020MORE: SN’s NFL GM rankings for 2020Here are SN’s quick grades for the Jamal Adams trade.Jets grade: ADouglas managed to find someone (Seattle GM John Schneider) who would pay big right before the start of training camp. Consecutive 1s is exceptional value for a player who was trying to force the team’s hand. The Jets could have ridden with Adams for 2020 and perhaps 2021 as well, but they decided his most recent public statements were disqualifying.New York also lands a starting-level replacement for Adams in McDougald, an eighth-year pro who had 52 solo tackles and two interceptions in 15 games for the Seahawks last season. The Jets will take the hit in talent (Adams out, McDougald in) while picking up a lot of draft capital and, they hope, some peace in the locker room, although Le’Veon Bell might have something to say about that. The unknown, of course, is where the picks will land. Because the Seahawks should be a playoff contender, it’s unlikely the first-round selections will be top-20. That said, an uncharacteristic down season from Seattle could make the trade even sweeter and further bolster the team’s rebuild.