What has become a surprisingly big storyline in the wake of Seattle’s 28-22 win over Green Bay Sunday for the NFC Championship game is Doug Baldwin’s rant at reporters who were waiting outside the locker room.
In case you missed it, it was recounted here by ESPN’s Terry Blount as Baldwin chided reporters for having doubted that the team could come back in the fashion that it did.
Baldwin also admonished reporters afterward when he and Jermaine Kearse met in a more format setting, saying again that the receivers get overlooked, in particular citing Kearse.
They are comments that have begun to attract a wide range of reaction. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote this week that the comments were misguided while Jim Moore, a co-host of an afternoon radio show on the team’s flagship station, ESPN 710 Seattle, wrote that he is “tired” of Doug Baldwin. Even The Onion has weighed in.
But Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer wrote today that the team’s brashness should be applauded for getting it where it is.
Brewer’s column is about much more than just Baldwin, but notes that people are viewing what Baldwin said to oversimplify how to characterize the team.
Opinions are sure to vary, and which team you root for is sure to color those opinions greatly.
As for Baldwin, he is sure to get some questions about all of this as the run-up to the Super Bowl heats up the next few days and what he says could greatly influence the arc of this story.