Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin became the face of the frustration the Seahawks felt during their 30-23 loss to Dallas Sunday, both for what he said after the game to reporters and for what TV cameras captured him saying to quarterback Russell Wilson during the game (all of which is detailed here by Larry Stone).
A calmer Baldwin met with reporters in the locker room prior to practice Wednesday and said he had no regrets about his actions Sunday but also that he thinks they have been misconstrued by anyone who thinks he was frustrated at Wilson or anyone in particular on the Seattle sideline.
“People are not in our locker room,” Baldwin said. “They don’t know what goes in our meeting rooms, they don’t know what goes on on the football field and they don’t know what happens in that conversation between me and Russell. I wasn’t yelling at Russell. I was voicing frustration as a whole with the offense. I told him ‘we are too good for this,’ that we should be putting up 40 points, that we have too much talent to not be going out there and not playing the way we are capable of. I wasn’t yelling at Russell in any negative way. He knows I’m a fiery guy and that’s just how I am. I’m passionate about the game of football.”
Baldwin said everyone in the Seattle locker room understood his comments.
“I mean, they know I’m going to speak my mind,” Baldwin said. “And for the most part they know I’m going to be wise with my words. But at the end of the day, I think that if you know me, you know that I do things on purpose. So I felt like it needed to be said.”
Baldwin said he felt the mood was positive in the offensive team meeting on Monday.
“The wording, the verbiage that we used in the locker room, in the meeting room was good,” he said. “But it’s yet to be seen. We’ve got to go out there and practice and see how it goes.”
Asked the mood of the team heading into Sunday’s game at St. Louis, Baldwin said: “Anxious, excited. We all know we’ve got an opportunity to be better. We’ve got to play better. The guys on this team, we’ve always had chips on our shoulders, for whatever reason. So it just kind of refocuses us and lets us know that we are not as good as we think we are and we are not as good as everyone thinks on the outside that we are. So we’ve got to go back to work and remember that chip on our shoulder and get back to the grind. But I think it’s a positive attitude that we’ve got in the locker room.”
Baldwin repeated what he said Sunday, that he hadn’t been happy after the game at Washington, either, despite Seattle’s 27-17 win
“I don’t want to take anything away from Dallas,” he said. “They played a hell of a game. They did an excellent job with their game plan and executing when they came in here. However, we didn’t play up to our potential and we know that, and we haven’t done that the last few weeks offensively. So I think that’s what I was more frustrated about, that even in the Washington game, even though everybody said how well we played, we really played like crap, actually. So it kind of frustrated me that we didn’t improve. I’m a big proponent of growth week in and week out. Even if you do fail, sometimes it is part of growth. But the way that we played last week in the Dallas game was very disappointing because I felt like we didn’t grow.”
Asked if he thought the offense was trying to do too much, Baldwin said he didn’t know, then added: “I’m a big proponent of running the ball and giving the ball to Marshawn (Lynch) because he’s a beast. However we have to make our plays in the passing game too. So that’s all the way around. That’s from the offensive line, the quarterback, down to the guys catching the ball. So it’s a collaborative thing. I don’t necessarily think it’s necessarily ‘we need to do this or that.’ It’s just we need to execute what’s being called.”
Asked if he thought the receivers were getting open enough, Baldwin told a reporter that he could pay to watch the All-22 on NFL.com “and you can see that the receivers, we are doing our job for the most part. We’ve just got to make plays when the ball is thrown at us. … but we don’t have a hard time getting open, no.”
Ultimately, Baldwin said he thinks it comes down to what the players do on the field.
“The mood of the locker room, I felt like everybody understood the situation,” Baldwin said. “So there wasn’t much that needed to be said. I think everybody got the message that we actually need to look in the mirror and start focusing. (Offensive line coach Tom) Cable said that. He reiterated my words in the meeting that we need to look in the mirror and actually look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that we have a part in this, that each individual has to do their part so we can move forward and get better. That’s what Cable set it up, and after that there was really nothing that needed to be said.”
As Baldwin ended his impromptu press conference at his locker, he finished putting on his pads and said “I can’t wait for (expletive) practice to start today.”