Clint Hurtt praises Quandre Diggs for saving Seattle’s season

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On Sunday night, the Lions delivered Seattle to the playoffs by beating the Packers. It wouldn’t have mattered if the Seahawks hadn’t beaten the Rams earlier in the day.

And that wouldn’t have happened if Seattle safety Quandre Diggs hadn’t intercepted a pass meant for a wide-ass open Rams receiver Van Jefferson.

On Tuesday, Seahawks defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt discussed the effort that kept the Rams from winning the game in overtime.

“As I saw the play develop,” Hurtt said, “I was sitting there looking and was like, ‘Oh God. There are eight people in protection and it’s a two-man route. He’s going to be back there cooking steaks.’ My eyes transitioned back there, and I saw [Jefferson]. I was like, ‘Oh no,’ but then I saw Diggs. Obviously, I am keeping it the PG version, but Diggs made a heck of a play. It was incredible to see him come out of centerfield like that. It was a good scheme by them.”

It would have worked even better, if Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield hadn’t overcooked the meat. Jefferson had to wait for the ball, which gave Diggs a chance to go snatch it.

It also underscores the fact that Diggs, as a defensive player, has the ball skills of a great offensive player.

“It was phenomenal,” Hurtt said. “Ball skills is a unique trait that I think doesn’t get talked about enough on the backend and Quandre’s ball skills are through the roof. He’s unbelievable with that. That’s a lot of space. It’s like playing center field in baseball. The ball is up in the air and everybody in the world is looking at you to see if you are going to catch the gosh darn thing and that was a heck of a grab. It’s impressive.”

Yes it is. And 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy had better be aware of wherever Diggs is before letting it rip on Saturday.

Clint Hurtt praises Quandre Diggs for saving Seattle’s season originally appeared on Pro Football Talk