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What trading for DB Quandre Diggs means for the Seahawks

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What trading for DB Quandre Diggs means for the Seahawks

We saw the San Francisco 49ers make a move to acquire Emmanuel Sanders earlier on Tuesday. Now its the Seattle Seahawks who have made a move to bolster their roster.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Seattle has made a deal with the Detroit Lions to acquire veteran defensive back Quandre Diggs in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. The Seahawks also received a 2020 seventh-rounder in the trade.

Diggs was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas. He's appeared in 65 games (40 starts), splitting time at corner and strong safety. He figures to play strong safety for the Seahawks while Marquise Blair assumed to be taking over at free safety. It's very possible that this trade indicates Seattle is worried about Bradley McDougald's back. The Seahawks are already without Lano Hill, who is out with an elbow injury.

So if McDougald is out for the foreseeable future, it's possible that the Seahawks utilize Diggs and Blair as their two safeties. Regardless, this isn't good news for Tedric Thompson, who seems to be falling out of favor with Pete Carroll after allowing a 50-yard pass to Miles Boykin on the Ravens first possession last Sunday.

The other option, albeit more unlikely in my opinion, is that Seattle uses Diggs at nickel and stops using all three linebackers as frequently. That option would obviously mean that the Seahawks are ready to move on from Jamar Taylor.

Diggs has 20 total tackles in five games in 2019. He has six career interceptions, three in each 2017 and 2018.

Pete Carroll speaks to the media next on Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully he'll provide clarity as to how Seattle plans to deploy Diggs.

Fann Mail: How Ziggy Ansah’s lack of production opened the door for Shaquem Griffin

Fann Mail: How Ziggy Ansah’s lack of production opened the door for Shaquem Griffin

The Seattle Seahawks are 8-2 going into their Week 11 bye and have it all to play for over the final six games of 2019. Monday’s win against the San Francisco 49ers put them in the driver’s seat to win the NFC West. The victory also put a first-round bye and potentially home field advantage well within reach.

In order for that to happen, the defense is going to have to show that Monday’s primetime showing wasn’t an aberration. A few lineup tweaks on that side of the football is the focus of this week’s mailbag. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.

I think it’s safe to say that the Seahawks are going to phase out Ziggy Ansah, if not simply remove him from the lineup all together. Pete Carroll said last week that Ansah was 10 pounds away from where he needed to be and that he still hadn’t regained all the strength in his shoulder.

So it wasn’t a huge surprise to see Shaquem Griffin play his first defensive snaps of the season (13 to be exact) because, let’s face it, he truly couldn’t have been worse than Ansah. I’d still temper expectations from what Griffin can do as a pass rusher. He’s vastly undersized at just 227 pounds, but the benefit of Griffin is that you get his motor. His work rate is far superior to Ansah’s, and he's also better in coverage. That counts for something.

Seattle tried to rotate the two on Monday, but Ansah was quickly pulled out of the game after an egregious offsides penalty on San Francisco’s final drive of regulation.

“It’s really clear, more than it has been, that we might be able to build a role that could be a factor,” Carroll said of Griffin on Tuesday. “We have to work at that more so just to use his speed. He’s instinctively a good rusher. He’s just not very big. You have to do special things with him. We’ll put that together and see if we can make that a good complement to what we’re doing.”

Griffin is a smart football player, and it will be interesting to see what he does with the opportunity that appears to be before him.

Pete Carroll called the safety play against the 49ers the best it’s been for Seattle all season. He added that Quandre Diggs provided the “settling presence of a veteran.” I can’t imagine Carroll will tinker with the pairing of Diggs and Bradley McDougald given those comments. And there’s no need to. The Seahawks defense played its best game by far on Monday night. The trust in Diggs enabled Seattle to play more single-high, which is pretty much all it ran when Earl Thomas was patrolling the back end of the secondary.

Blair will only be used in dime situations. So far, the Cleveland game was the only time Seattle utilized dime packages on a consistent basis.

I’m more curious whether or not Ugo Amadi is still getting work at nickel. Jamar Taylor didn’t play well against the 49ers and was given a meager 36.6 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus. There’s room for improvement at nickel, but don’t expect to see Diggs move away from free safety.

This is a great question and one I asked Jadeveon Clowney after Monday’s win. He noted once again that sacks come in bunches and attributed the improvement to the group’s overall energy level. Clowney said they talked all week leading up to the game about maintaining their energy through all four quarters.

I’m a bit skeptical of that rationale because its either a cliché, or it’s an admission that the pass rush hadn’t been playing with such energy in its previous nine games.

My stance is that you had one superstar (Clowney), who was sick of hearing about Nick Bosa all week, and made it a point to dominate. He then went out and feasted on a pair of tackles who were clearly rusty as they made their respective returns from injury.

The more important question is whether or not that type of production is here to stay. I’d like to see it again in Philadelphia before I declare that the Seahawks pass rush is back.

Shaquill Griffin is Seattle’s most improved player and it’s probably not close. His pass breakup deep down the right sideline against Deebo Samuel was one of the biggest plays of the game and arguably his best play of the season. Samuel had a step on Griffin, but the third-year corner was able to make up ground and break up the pass at the last second anyway.

That illustrated a) supreme athleticism in order to play the position at a high level and b) the calmness of a veteran to make the play without panicking and interfering with the receiver.

But while Griffin is trending toward being a No. 1 corner, I don’t anticipate him following a team’s No. 1 receiver. It’s just not how Seattle operates. The Seahawks rarely, if ever, did it with Richard Sherman. I don’t see them changing that tendency for Griffin.

Someone will have to be cut in order to activate Ed Dickson (unless Luke Willson’s hamstring is bad enough that he gets placed on Injured Reserve). Seattle doesn’t need seven receivers on its roster. Josh Gordon looks to have assumed Jaron Brown’s role as Brown was inactive on Monday night. He’d be the likely odd man out. I don’t see the Seahawks cutting another rookie receiver. They already parted ways with Gary Jennings. I’d be shocked if they let go of John Ursua as well.

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Quandre Diggs adds 'settling presence,' another playmaker to Seahawks defense

Quandre Diggs adds 'settling presence,' another playmaker to Seahawks defense

Quandre Diggs found out early last week that the Seattle Seahawks wanted him to start at free safety against the San Francisco 49ers. Diggs played all 83 snaps in his Seahawks debut, recording two tackles and a third-quarter interception that led to Jacob Hollister’s 3-yard touchdown catch.

Diggs also had a few highlight-reel hits, most notably a crushing blow to 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk down the right seam.

“I think there was an impact,” Pete Carroll said. “I thought both the safeties played really well. … I think the settling presence of a veteran and also, he’s a hitter. He’s a real hitter and he goes for it. He had a couple big shots. Had a big shot in the toss. Had a couple shots on receivers that I think had a factor later on in the game.”

Seattle acquired Diggs from the Detroit Lions on Oct. 23 in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. He then missed two games while he dealt with a hamstring injury that he’d been playing through in Detroit.

Now back to full strength, Diggs has teamed up with Bradley McDougald as Seattle’s new safety pairing. Carroll has always valued veterans in those spots, and Diggs’ experience makes him dependable as the last line of the Seahawks defense. That faith in Diggs allowed Seattle to play more single-high rather than playing predominantly two-deep as the defense had been prior to Diggs’ entering the lineup.

“I thought the safety play was the best we’ve seen it this year,” Carroll said of Diggs and McDougald. “I thought that was the best game that our safeties have played. I’m hoping that we can continue to grow and get better and feed off it. It’s an early assessment because Q’s just played one game. He can do a lot of things, so we’ll be anxious to figure out how he can complement what we’re doing and utilize him now that he’s crossed the threshold of playing time for us.”

Those comments don’t appear to bode well for Marquise Blair, who’d started three-straight games prior to Monday night. Carroll said that they want to keep Blair involved and that the rookie “played in dime situations” against the 49ers, except the official game book doesn’t have Blair playing a single snap.

Given that Seattle’s defense took a major step forward against the 49ers, forcing three turnovers and carrying the Seahawks for much of the game, Blair might continue to watch from the sideline moving forward.

Bobby Wagner noticed an uptick in the overall level of play from the secondary due to Diggs’ contributions.

“His range – he’s red line to red line,” Wagner said. “He definitely adds another playmaker to the back end that allows us to do a lot more things once he gets acclimated to the system.”

Most importantly, Diggs said his hamstring came out fine following Monday’s overtime win against the 49ers. He’ll have a bye week to rest and should be 100% in Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Podcast: The Seahawks pass rush showed up at a bad time for the Niners... sorry not sorry

Podcast: The Seahawks pass rush showed up at a bad time for the Niners... sorry not sorry

In a game that featured one of the best if not the best defensive line in the NFL, Monday Night Football showcased a dominant performance from the d-line you did not expect.

The Seattle Seahawks (8-2) finally saw their pass rush excel on one of the biggest stages in the league and against the last remaining undefeated team, the San Francisco 49ers (8-1). Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finally got a taste of the medicine their d-line has been dishing out through the first eight games of this season.

And it all started for Seattle with Jadeveon Clowney. The Seahawks traded for Clowney 74 days ago and has been worth every penny since. On Monday, he absolutely lit up the stat sheet: five tackles, five QB hits, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

Pro Football Focus credited Clowney with 11 pressures and a 90.7 overall grade against SF.

“If I’m being honest, that seems low. What’s a perfect pro football focus grade because that’s what it felt like you were seeing from Jadeveon Clowney. He was absolutely fantastic,” said our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann on the lates Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast.

It was finally the pass rush Seattle has been waiting for this season. Seattle’s defense, who had given up huge yards in the previous weeks to Atlanta’s Matt Schaub and Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, came through against one of the best in Garoppolo.

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Let’s call it as it is… Geno Smith said “Hails”

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Takeaways from the Seahawks' thrilling OT win against the 49ers

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast: Takeaways from the Seahawks' thrilling OT win against the 49ers

One of the best Monday Night Football games to date. One for the ages. An instant classic.

These were just some of the thoughts and feelings from the NFL world following an epic 27-24 overtime Seattle victory over rival San Francisco on Monday night.

Coming into the game, the big story was the 49ers defensive front who has been absolutely tormenting opposing offenses this season. But the story quickly flipped onto Seattle's defensive line lead by one stellar performance from Jadeveon Clowney: five tackles, one sack, five QB hits, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

"What's crazy to me is this performance from the defense came out of nowhere," said our Insider Joe Fann.  From locker room sound to the sights and sounds from the game he's got all the stories you want to hear from the big win.

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Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

 

Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

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Report: Tyler Lockett not expected to miss any games with leg injury

It's been a fantastic week for the Seattle Seahawks, and it continues to get better.

Seattle came out of its win against the San Francisco 49ers relatively injury free with one major exception. Tyler Lockett suffered a bad leg contusion, so bad that the Seahawks star wide receiver spent two nights at Stanford Hospital before flying back to Seattle on Wednesday.

But what appeared to be a potential "severe situation" (Pete Carroll's words) now seems to be all clear. Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Lockett isn't expected to miss any games.

Seattle's bye week couldn't have come at a better time as the Seahawks won't have to worry about rushing Lockett back to health. He's not a guy who would need to practice at any point next week, either, in order to play in the Week 12 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles

Lockett has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns on the season as Seattle's clear-cut No. 1 receiver. It's great news that his leg injury shouldn't dampen what has been a career year for Lockett.

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

Let's call it as it is... Geno Smith said "Hails"

We have our next great controversy. A true battle between two conflicting sides. The next ‘What do you see: blue dress vs. gold dress?’ or ‘What do you hear: Laurel or Yanny?’

In last night’s epic Seahawks vs. 49ers Monday Night Football overtime thriller, Seattle backup quarterback met Niners corner Richard Sherman at midfield for a coin toss to determine possession in overtime. The head referee asked Smith his call: heads or tails?

And the rest is history. Which do you hear?

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Seahawks vs. Eagles flexed out of Sunday Night Football in Week 12

Still coming down from last night’s overtime thriller in the Bay? Same. But now the Seahawks (8-2) enter into a much needed bye week of recovery with momentum on their side. 

Putting the Seahawks in primetime calls for a special game: Seattle is now 28-5-1 in primetime games under Carroll, including 9-2 on MNF. The formula for a good game is simple: primetime + Seahawks = happy sports fans.

But, the Seahawks who were scheduled for a Sunday Night Football showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks, just got the boot.

The game that Seattle got flexed for? The Green Bay Packers (8-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-1) at Levi’s Stadium, CA.

In a way this makes sense. Two division leaders (NFC North and NFC West) but both teams in tight divisional races. The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the Packers while the Seahawks, after an epic OT win on Monday Night Football, are on the heels and breathing down the necks of the Niners.

The Eagles are also in a tight race in the NFC East but both Philadelphia and the Dallas Cowboys have the same record and sitting at the top of the division at 5-4.

Here is what the Seahawks’ remaining schedule looks like:

11/24 at Philadelphia

12/02 vs. Minnesota (MNF)

12/08 at Los Angeles (SNF)

12/15 at Carolina

12/22 vs. Arizona

12/29 vs. San Francisco 

Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

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Tyler Lockett injury update as Seattle heads into the bye week

Good news for the Seahawks on Tuesday morning as it appears Tyler Lockett is out of the woods in terms of anything severe resulting from his injury last night and he might not even miss any game time:

Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle radio this morning also added that Lockett, "should be OK going forward."

Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital while dealing with a leg injury sustained in Monday night's win vs. the 49ers. 

Last night, as Joe Fann reported, there was concern about the extent of the injury:

Carroll said there was a lot of swelling right away in Lockett’s leg, which brings along the fear of compartment syndrome that can lead to blood clots.

“There’s concerns about that,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to make sure that there isn’t a compartment element. We’ve got to take care of him. We’re ahead of it so we should be in good shape.”

Lockett caught three passes for 26 yards against the 49ers. Thankfully for Lockett and the Seahawks, Seattle has a bye in Week 11 before traveling to Philadelphia in Week 12. 

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

Seahawks culture shines again in Jason Myers' redemption game

The Seattle Seahawks have one of, if not the best locker room cultures in the NFL, and it’s been that way since Pete Carroll has been the team’s head coach.

The Seahawks play with unwavering effort no matter the opponent or what the scoreboard says. The same can’t be said for every team. Seattle has an unbreakable confidence and optimism that something good is always about to happen. There’s a level of accountability that must be adopted by everyone – players and coaches included. Most importantly, everyone has each other’s back.

We saw that earlier this season when the team supported Chris Carson after he lost a fumble in three-straight games to open the season. Now we have another example with Seattle’s commitment to Jason Myers.

Pete Carroll said all last week that there was no consideration to making a change at kicker following Myers’ pair of missed field goals in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, including a 40-yarder that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Not a single player badmouthed Myers or threw him under the bus after that performance.

And then a week later, Myers was one of the heroes in Seattle’s 27-24 win on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. His 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as the final seconds ticked away in overtime. Had Myers missed, the game would have ended in a tie. Myers made both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points against the 49ers.

Instead, the kicker was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates and carried off the field at Levi’s Stadium. The celebration continued in the locker room.

It was another perfect illustration of what makes Seattle so unique. The Seahawks, while often a heart attack-inducing team, have been able to achieve such sustained success due to their culture.

“It’s important,” Bobby Wagner said of the team’s support of Myers. “If you watch the kickers, and they miss a field goal, everybody in the world gets to see him miss a field goal and everybody in the world gets to get on him. With us, when we miss a tackle, or we miss a block, people might miss that and so it’s important to let them know that we all mess up. Just like you have our back, we have his back. He came through for us.”