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Wednesday Round-Up: Quandre Diggs Joins The Richard Sherman Podcast

Quandre Diggs sat down with Richard Sherman to talk about the Seahawks offseason, Geno Smith’s breakout season, Pete Carroll’s competitiveness and more.

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Quandre Diggs Joins The Richard Sherman Podcast To Talk Offseason Moves, Pete Carroll & More

Quandre Diggs, one of Seattle's best defensive backs and one of the NFL's best safeties, joined one of the best defensive backs in Seahawks history for a conversation on Tuesday as a guest on the Richard Sherman Podcast.

Right off the bat, the two discussed Diggs' efforts to bring Bobby Wagner back to Seattle, with Sherman referring to him as "The ultimate recruiter."

Diggs said recruiting Wagner, who ended up signing with the Seahawks last month, reminded him of his college days. Diggs also acknowledged that his constant efforts might have started to annoy Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

"This was the five-star recruit we had to get," he said. "… I know Pete and John were getting sick of me. I was sending them old pictures of me and Bobby together at practice, I'm sending them pictures of me and Bobby talking after we played the Rams, all type of stuff. I go on twitter, doing my tweets, and you get the fans behind it, and it's hard for the GM and coach to let the fans down. I got the fans all with it."

Sherman added that Wagner's signing was, "A great idea for both sides… It' s a match made in heaven. You got a great, All-Pro steal."

While Diggs and Sherman were never teammates in Seattle, the two have known each other for a long time. When Sherman was at Stanford and Diggs still in high school, they met at a camp attended by Sherman and by Diggs' older brother, former NFL cornerback Quentin Jammer.

"When I met you, I was 17, getting ready to go to Texas," Diggs said. "… You got to the league and started doing your thing, and I was like, 'Dang, he gave me words of encouragement before I went to Texas.'"

Diggs went onto look up to the Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary led by Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, making it something of a full-circle moment when was traded to Seattle in 2019.

"Y'all boys made DB fun again," he told Sherman. "You were swagging it out… When I was in college, I was like, 'I want to get to a secondary like that.'"

Upon joining the Seahawks, Diggs thought, "You know you've got to shine… You look around and you're like, 'Bruh, I got a standard to uphold.'"

The two then turned their attention to the culture Pete Carroll has brought to the team, which features both fun and serious competition.

"There's fun," Sherman said. "You get to have fun at your job. You got the music in the meetings, you've got the fun videos, you've got Pete making jokes, music at practice, music everywhere. You're having a good time, but when you get between them lines, you better strap it up and strap it up tight."

Said Diggs, "It's funny, because you see him on TV, you see him chewing gum, you see the other stuff, you see the excitement and all that, but when I first got there, I didn't know how big of a competitor he was."

"He's serious," Sherman interjected.

Diggs also praised Carroll's consistency and his ability to motivate players: "You know what you're going to get from him. Even if you lost two games in a row, you're going to get the same Pete… He's a hell of a motivator. He can get anybody to believe in anything. He can have you thinking that you're the best ever just from the way he talks. When you believe that and you hear that, it's like, 'This guy's different.'

The two also talked in depth about quarterback Geno Smith, who had a breakout season that was a lot less of a surprise to Smith's teammates than to the outside world.

"Everybody was amazed from the outside, but we were like, 'That's how he was dicing us up on scout team every week,'" Diggs said.

Diggs said it was obvious from his first practices in Seattle that Smith was more talented than people were giving him credit for.

"You hear the stories, you know how they try to paint a picture like, 'This guy's a bust,' and I get out there, and he's spinning it, I'm like, golly, that guy can spin the ball."

Diggs also tells a comical story of a fired-up Carroll running through a whiteboard during a meeting the night before last year's opener against Denver. Watch the full conversation here.

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