The Detroit Lions have been the face of mediocrity of the NFL in recent decades. Being the first team in history to go 0-16 in a season earns them that title.
As anyone with a brain knows, poor play on the field is a direct result of the actions of the front office. General manager Bob Quinn hasn't had the best of luck in terms of player transactions in his four seasons in Detroit.
Back near the trade deadline, Quinn moved safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-rounder. Now, Diggs is an MVP on Seattle's defense, making Detroit look that much dumber for trading him for such a low return.
The trade wasn't well-received in the Lions locker room, as evidenced by Darius Slay's tweet moments after the move. If you lose the locker room by trading away a player, it doesn't bode well if the transaction comes back to haunt them.
Ever since joining the Seahawks, Diggs has been the missing piece to the defense's woes. In his first three games, Diggs recorded eight tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Then, the Week 14 edition of Sunday Night Football happened.
In the third quarter, with the Seahawks down 21-3 to the Los Angeles Rams, Diggs completely read a telegraphed pass by quarterback Jared Goff, resulting in a pick-six.
On Los Angeles' very next drive, Diggs once-again took advantage of Goff's poor decision making and secured his second interception of the game. That's three total interceptions for the game, which leads the entire Seahawks team...and he did it in four games.
The fact that the Lions got a fifth-round pick by trading Diggs and dealt a seventh rounder is just poor front office analysis. For a team trying to instill the "Patriot Way" in the Motor City, they sure aren't getting similar results as their New England counterparts.
When looking at reasoning for Detroit Lions ownership to overhaul the front office, the Diggs trade will stick out like a sore thumb.