In the wake of signing his new deal Thursday, Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin was a guest on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access tonight.
Here is some video.
And below are some transcribed quotes:
On the reputation of ‘Angry Doug’:
Doug Baldwin: “It’s just a persona that they’ve kind of coined with me is that that I’m angry. It’s not really that I’m angry, it’s just that I’m passionate about what I do. I love the game of football. I’m a high intensity guy so when I’m out there on the football field, I display that. Some people like to call that angry. I like to say it’s just passion.”
On if he is ‘Happy Doug Baldwin’ now:
Baldwin: “Just a little bit. But, nothing changes for me. I still love the game of football. I’m still anxious to get out there and work. We got another Super Bowl that we want to win so that’s what we’re focused on. To me, this is just part of the process. We’re going to continue along the path, and hopefully we get another Super Bowl here soon.
On if the receiving corps can only get better from last year:
Baldwin: “Without a doubt. With Percy Harvin being healthy and with Jermaine Kearse being overlooked a lot. Most of the receivers here in Seattle are. There’s so much depth and so much talent that’s not really displayed on a day-to-day basis or game-to-game basis because we run the ball so much. But, we’ve shown that running the ball and having a strong defense is what you leads to win championships so that’s what we’re focused on. We’re not going to change our game plan that much because it’s proven to be a winning game plan. But like I said, we have talent over here. We have guys that can make plays so any one of us that can step up and make plays obviously with the absence of Golden [Tate], we’re going to miss him a lot including in the locker room. But we have guys that can step up and make plays.”
On how going against Richard Sherman every day makes him better:
Baldwin: “Without a doubt. It’s not just Richard Sherman, it’s the entire Legion of Boom, it’s the entire defensive backfield and our entire receiving corps. Like I said before, I think a lot of the guys here as receivers here don’t get enough credit because we don’t throw the ball that often so they don’t get to display their talents on Sundays. But, those guys on Legion of Boom, they know. They have a tough time guarding us every day at practice. They’ll be the first to admit it. Like you said, it makes us better. On Sundays, for us as receivers, it’s a lot easier because we get to go against such a great defensive backfield.”
On if head coach Pete Carroll talked about the balance of being reigning Super Bowl Champions:
Baldwin: “No, not at all. The only thing Pete Carroll he did mention was the fact that we’re not going to sneak up on anybody. There’s going to be a target on our backs. However, we haven’t really talked about having the amnesia. I think that just goes to credit the environment that Pete [Carroll] and John Schneider have created here in Seattle. We’re not focused on what happened in the past. We’re focused on the here and now and focused at the task at hand.”
“We’ve got a lot of guys in this locker room that are hungry, and not just hungry to win one Super Bowl, but to leave a legacy in the NFL winning multiple championships and to put their name up in Canton at the Hall of Fame. I haven’t seen any of these guys slack off in practice or in the meeting rooms because we’ve arrived. I think the outside perception is that we have reached the mountain top, because for us, the mountain top is a long ways away from where we are right now.”