The rebuild /revamp /remix of the Seahawks continues as former defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson returns to the Emerald City. He was only gone for two years, but he won’t recognize many of his teammates.
Hey 12s, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but your favorite team has made a few changes this offseason. You know, like shipping off their future Hall of Fame quarterback and their future Hall of Fame middle linebacker. Or maybe you did notice. Happily, not all of the Hawks roster changes have been that gut-wrenching.
One big positive outcome of the sea change in Seattle was the announcement that Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs has signed a new three-year contract to remain a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Seahawks. By itself, that doesn’t exactly offset the loss of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner. It does signal that Seattle isn’t going to simply gut the team and rebuild from scratch. That was hardly the only good news, either.
Quinton Jefferson returns to Seahawks as defense transforms
Quinton Jefferson has indeed returned to the fold after two years in the wilderness. Okay, neither the Bills nor the Raiders are exactly the hinterlands, but we’re still very happy to see him back. He may not recognize many of his teammates though, despite the fact he spent the entire 2019 season in Seattle.
Of the ten other defensive players with the most starts on that unit other than Jefferson, only one remains on the active roster, that being Poona Ford. Mr. Diggs had only five starts as he joined the party a bit too late to save us from six games of Tedric Thompson. That’s what’s known as turnover, and not the kind that looks good in the stats. Yes, Al Woods was re-signed too, but that’s still an incredible amount of change in just two seasons
According to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports and The Crew Show, Jefferson said a big part of the attraction of wearing the navy and gray again was the promotion of his former D-line coach, Clint Hurtt. I agree with the big man. It makes a lot of sense, right?
Quinton Jefferson may never have been a world-beater, but he more than gets the job done. Starting all 17 games with the Raiders last year, he set career highs in sacks, QB hits, and hurries. What impressed me the most is that he nearly doubled his career mark in tackles, 47 compared to 26, and missed just once. That’s premium play.
This isn’t exactly the big splash 12s are hoping for, but he should fit the Hawks revamped / re-schemed / re- whatever defense even better than he did in his first go-round. This offseason has had more than its share of thorns to be sure, but the return of Quinton Jefferson smells pretty sweet to me.