Quandre Diggs: Lions wanted to “control voices in the locker room”

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When the Lions traded starting safety Quandre Diggs, it created some dismay and anger in the locker room there.

For his part, Diggs believes that internal dynamics led directly to his being shipped to the Seahawks.

Diggs told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press he thought his personality was the reason the Lions got rid of him.

I think it was more of just a control thing,” Diggs said. “Them wanting to control the locker room. Control the locker room, control voices in the locker room.”

The Lions got a 2020 fifth-rounder for Diggs and a 2021 seventh, so it’s not as if moving him yielded a bounty they couldn’t turn down. And the team has said it was about creating opportunities for younger players, but the 26-year-old team captain had just signed an extension the year before, so he suspected it wasn’t about his play.

Asked about his relationship with coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn, Diggs replied: “It is what it is.”

“Like I say, I don’t have no ill will towards anybody, but at the end of the day, I’m at a new organization that respects the players, they respect your personality and the people that you are,” Diggs said. “I’m just happy about my situation. Those guys, they do what they do, (what) they feel like what’s best for the organization. I don’t fault them, but at the end of the day, I’m good where I’m at.”

Diggs referred to the deal as a “head-scratcher,” and he’s far from alone in that sentiment. Without getting into the specifics, he made it clear there were some differences of opinion regarding leadership, and as a result he found a new address in midseason.

30 responses to “Quandre Diggs: Lions wanted to “control voices in the locker room”

  1. He seemed to think it a surprise when it happened, or at least that is what he said. Now I believe that all of us get a better idea of why it happened.

    Is it me, or maybe was AB turning into such a cancer prove to be a bit of the straw that broke the camel’s back with regards to the whole talent will outweigh the baggage thing?

  2. the lions traded their 4th best Safety, who was making the 4th most a year on that defense, don’t get mad play your game, its business nothing personal. Should focus on tackling not the business side of it.

  3. Diggs biggest issue was he let money take the chip off his shoulder that made him a good player. There was talk in camp that he wasn’t the same aggressive intense player he was previously . The Lions thought once the season started he would return to form but he didn’t . He missed tackles wasn’t being aggressive and played himself off the team . The Lions and Quinn gave him an $18M with $9M guaranteed contract that his play this year wasn’t deserving of considering that his base salary goes from $1.5M this year to $5M next year . Diggs attitude did get him traded but not because of the Lions wanting to control him it was because he thought he didn’t have to work as hard as he did in the past and didn’t like the coaches pointing it out to him . Diggs won’t be on Seattle’s roster next year if he continues play like he did this year in Detroit with his I don’t need no stinking coaching attitude .

  4. akira1971 says:
    November 8, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Reality check: Diggs was ranked 61st on PFF at safety – not good for someone about to make $7 million next year.
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    Real head-scratcher, isn’t it? Must be some elaborate conspiracy to explain Detroit’s move, it couldn’t just be that he was not playing up to his contract.

  5. What is it about those that get plucked off the Belichick tree to take on GM or HC responsibilities fail time and time again? When will those doing the hiring figure this out..pretty obvious…..

  6. Seahawks An organization that respects their players ? lol , ask Sherman , Bennett and Thomas about that.

  7. Hard for Matty P to set the culture if he doesn’t get some wins under his belt. That’s what provides the control in the locker room. It isn’t policy. Wins provide credibility and then veterans who have won and coaches who have won are able to bring new players into that culture as willing participants.

    For example, Belichick was hated in Cleveland by the end.The owner said horrible things about him.

    Belichick was 5-11 his first year at NE.

    Would BB have been tolerated if he lost for two more years instead of winning the 2001 Super Bowl? Doubt it.

    Players almost revolted at the start of 2003 when Milloy was traded.

    If he hadn’t won the Super Bowl I don’t think he would have been able to keep the players on board.

  8. directdriver says:
    November 8, 2019 at 8:15 am
    They’re building a culture so if a player doesn’t fit they ship him somewhere else. It’s really that simple.
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    True post – similar thing happened in GB last year. The team realized that most of the time, talent doesn’t outweigh attitude. The Packers traded both Clinton-Dix and Randall, who are both talented players, but who were divisive in the locker room. And while it was expensive to replace them in the draft, the team seems to be better for it. Here’s hoping Patricia and Detroit can get the Lions pointed in the right direction.

  9. Injured, making too much, playing poorly, and a loud mouth.

    Getting a 5th rounder for a guy that will probably not take another snap this year is a pretty good deal.

  10. So with said do we ship out Matt Patricia? Because he hasn’t meet the standard in which Bob Quinn set., In that this is a better than 9-7 team. If indeed this is a question of standard

  11. For example, Belichick was hated in Cleveland by the end.The owner said horrible things about him.

    Belichick was 5-11 his first year at NE.
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    Enter Tom Brady and life is good.

  12. Patricia will be fired within 16 months. Hopefully Quinn drafts some decent talent to jump start the next pair of GM/HC chances for success in maybe 2024. The Lions need at least three to four consecutive SOLID drafts to build a competing squad, not washed up defenders (from the Giants and Patriots) that are just there to collect their ridiculous contracts.

  13. I always support teams that take out the trash. There is no place for “voices” in the locker room that sabotage a team. It is a shame such players can’t be blacklisted.

    Either you are a man or you are a cancer. You cannot be a man and run your trap causing issues. A real man would step aside or wait until he’s fulfilled his contract and left without being a locker room cancer.

  14. richardf954 says:
    November 8, 2019 at 8:54 am
    Seahawks An organization that respects their players ? lol , ask Sherman , Bennett and Thomas about that.
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    It couldn’t be that Sherman and Bennett didn’t want to live up to their contract could it?

    Earl failed to get the proper surgery to keep from getting the protection that he needed to stave off a season ending injury.

    Yeah, those players lacked respect to the Seahawks, Seahawks did the best they could but can’t overcome a players own lack of respect..

  15. Penny-pinching Mode has been drafting players with personal issues off the field, such as Trevone Boykin and Frank Clark, players other teams avoid. They have also signed players like Michael Kendricks, who may be spending time behind bars, because they work for peanuts. Quandre Diggs is a saint compared to some of the other players in the Sea Dorks locker room. Frisco wins with class. Penny-pinching Mode walks a different path.

  16. Diggs is a quality player who was indeed moved for SOME reason, what he says there is likely the truth, at least for the most part, although you’ll never hear the Lions admit as much.

  17. lioned33 says:
    November 8, 2019 at 8:07 am
    the lions traded their 4th best Safety, who was making the 4th most a year on that defense, don’t get mad play your game, its business nothing personal. Should focus on tackling not the business side of it.
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    It’s funny how quickly the narratives change. When the deal went down, the OVERWHELMING response I saw from Lions fans and players alike was that they were upset they were losing him.

    Now its all he’s ‘overpaid,’ ‘can’t tackle’ etc.

  18. He still sounds perplexed and upset a little about being traded. Many of his teammates felt that way when they heard the news, as I recall. He seems to attempting to get past the trade and likes his current situation. All that’s left for him to do is show he still has value on the field. That motivation might really help the Seahawks.

  19. It was more about the contract than anything else. For what he was due next year there’s more bang for the buck in free agency plus they got a 5th rd pick. They wanted out of the contract, it’s not that Diggs is a bad player he was liked by teammates and fans in Detroit.

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