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January 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Doug Baldwin: “Harbaugh is more of a military-type style”

Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin also met the media today and had some interesting comments on the contrasts between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, returning kickoffs, the rivalry with the 49ers and more:

(On the differences between Coach Carroll and Coach Harbaugh…) “I’ll start with Coach Harbaugh. Coach Harbaugh was a very, I’d say he’s more of a disciplinarian type of coach. He likes to be in control of things, and likes to be hands on with everything. He likes to make sure that everything is running smoothly and he has his say on stuff, and Pete is the same way. I just think they have different approaches. Like I said, Harbaugh is more of a military type style. Everything has to be precise and has to be exactly the way he wanted in order for it to go as well as he wants it to go, and Pete kind of gives us leeway to do things that we want to. It might rub the outside people the wrong way sometimes, but I think for us, it gives us a better sense of just having fun when we’re at practice or in meetings and stuff.”

(On his perception of Pete Carroll when he was at Stanford…) “I thought he was a player’s coach. On YouTube they always had the videos of him doing the pranks in the meeting rooms. I never heard anything bad about him. Just always a friendly guy, that’s what I heard about him when I was in college.”

(On how close was he to quitting football…) “My junior year? I was actually going to transfer t0 Vanderbilt), I had the transfer papers already filled out on my behalf, and I was very close. Basically it came down to whether my mother was going to let me do it or not. She said no and that I had to stick through it, and I eventually came to the realization that I needed to stick through it as well. I was very close though.”

(On how instrumental was Richard Sherman in his decision to stay at Stanford…) “I think it was more of just his example because he had gone through a similar thing just a year prior. He decided that he wasn’t going to allow any circumstance to keep him from achieving his goal and what he wanted to do in life, which was obviously be successful at football. I kind of took that to heart as well, but everyone deals with things differently so I didn’t know if my path was going to be as similar as his, but eventually it did have some affect or impact on my decision.”

(On why he wanted to quit playing football…) “Good question. I was dealing with a lot of stuff that I rather not talk about personally. All of you guys know that Jim Harbaugh and I did not have the best of relationships while I was at Stanford, but all of that stuff is settled now. I was immature, I was a young athlete who thought I knew everything so we clashed at times, and I was dealing with injuries so that kind of held and prevented me from performing how I wanted to on the field. So a lot of things went into it.”

(On if this game is a little extra personal considering their history…) “It’s not extra personal I just think that you get a little bit of extra motivation because you know the guy on the other side of the field. It’s nothing personal against him, going back on I thank him for the adversity he put me through so to speak because it made me who I am today. It made me a better person and a better football player. There’s nothing against him, nothing personal, it’s just a guy that coached me through college and you want to show him that I’m as good as I think I am.”

(On if he has talked to Coach Harbaugh after college…) “Yeah we actually do. He’s texted me a few times, we actually have a pretty decent relationship right now.”

(On why he thinks that Pete has a bad perception from the people outside of football…) “I think the perception of football players and football coaches is that everything has to be structured in a sense that it has to be hard and difficult and there’s no fun, football is not supposed to be fun. That’s just not the case. I think that the teams that are the most successful are the teams that have fun doing what they’re doing. It just goes against the grain of what the perception is of what football is supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be hard rigorous and you fight for you wins. Where here we have a fun time practicing, we have a fun time in our meetings, ultimately leads to us having a fun time out there on the field game day, which I think contributes to our success.”

(On how comfortable he is with returning kicks if Percy Harvin is not cleared to play…) “I’m very comfortable.”

(On how he manages to stay mentally tuned when opportunities does not come his way…) “It’s tough because in human nature you kind of get lost in the moment thinking, why haven’t I gotten my opportunities, why this, why that, and it’s all of those distractions of things that you can’t control that you have to keep out of your mind. For us I think that being here in this offense for now three years, Golden Tate being four years, we kind of know that our opportunities are going to be limited and that the best way for us to take advantage of those opportunities when they come to us is to not worry about the things that you can’t control. We just had a lot of practice at it that’s all.”

(On how much of a blow would it be to the offense if Percy Harvin is not cleared to play…) “It’s tough because we’re all close to Percy and we all love him as a teammate and a person so it’s hurts us to not have him out there on the field because we know how badly he wants to be out there on the field. But like we consistently say, we have guys around Russell, weapons on the outside that can make plays and that have been making plays all season long. I don’t think it’s going to be so much of a hit production wise, I just think that we would love to have him because he adds another element to our offense.”

(On the rivalry with the 49ers…) “For us we don’t look at it that way. Everybody thinks it’s cliché and that we just say that we’re going in week by week and we plan on coming out of that week 1-0, everybody says it’s cliché, but that’s what we actually believe in honestly. So for us it’s just another game. It’s another opportunity for us to play Seahawks football so we’re not looking at it in the grand scheme of things because if we do we’re going to lose site of the task at hand, and we have to focus on the task at hand in order for us to accomplish our ultimate goal. For us the hype around all of that stuff, if we get too involved in that, then we’re going to lose focus and site of what we need to take care of.”




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