After winning the Super Bowl in emphatic style back in February, many believed the Seattle Seahawks would start the 2014 NFL season the way they finished the previous one.
3-2 is not a bad start to the season, especially given their tricky early season schedule pitching them against the likes of the Packers, Bronco's and the Chargers but after poorer performances against Washington and Dallas frustration has started to boil over.
Doug Baldwin emphasised this in their home loss against Dallas yesterday evening when he was spotted getting into it with Russell Wilson on the sideline. The Seattle offense struggled to get anything going yesterday, especially in the second half generating only nine first downs in the entire game.
Its important to clarify anything said in the heat of battle between teammates will be left on the field and there's no confirmation that Baldwin was laying into Wilson but after the game, Baldwin again lost his cool - this time when talking to reporters in the locker room.
He was asked if the offense struggled to get going due to the lack of time they had the ball he replied:
“No. [****] that. We had plenty of time. We had plenty of time to making [*******] plays on the field. Plenty of time.”
Teammate Ricardo Lockett realised that camera's and microphones were present and tried to calm his teammate down, 'Deep breath, Doug. Deep breath.' This didn't help the situation as Baldwin continued:
“What you think, man? We’re frustrated. The offense can’t [*******] move the ball. We’ve got too much [*******] talent over here not to be moving the ball. It’s not on Russ. I’m saying in general, our offense, we’re too just [*******] good not to be moving the ball down the field. I’m not mad at Russ at all, it’s a collaborative thing. We’ve all got to pitch in and do our part. We’ve all got to be better.”
Wilson recognizes he must do better
Fair enough to Baldwin for not laying the blame on any individuals, especially not Wilson, however the quarterback did acknowledge that he had an off day:
“I didn’t play my best game, [I] felt like I let some people down. [My throws were] maybe an inch or two to the right or left.”
The way Baldwin continued to rant though, you'd think the Seahawks were 0-5, not 3-2:
“We need to be honest with ourselves and hold each other accountable and be real. The (********) that we had last week about how great our offense played, that’s (********). In all honesty, that’s BS because we played like (*******) last week. We didn’t correct those things, and it caught up to us.”
Take a leaf out of Aaron Rodgers' book Doug - Relax. The Seahawks are still very much favorites to go all the way. Everyone is allowed a few off days. Even the champs.
Plus, their schedule only gets better from here. No need to panic. Yet.