When the Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin speaks, listen
By Lee Vowell
,The Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin has made himself into a great player. Another awesome thing about Baldwin is he is smart and speaks his mind. On Saturday, Baldwin gave some quick thoughts on some hot topics.
Doug Baldwin has never been one to hold back. The Seahawks receiver had the nickname early in his career of Angry Doug Baldwin. More so, the moniker reflected the way he played instead of how he acted. Baldwin has always been a proud person and player. He should be. He has earned that right.
Saturday, Baldwin answered questions relating to his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and the Germain Ifedi/Frank Clark rumble, among other items. For the record, Baldwin also said Russell Wilson appears to be in the best shape of the quarterback’s life. This echoes the sentiment of several other Seahawks this training camp.
Ifedi and Clark
As for the Ifedi and Clark issue, Baldwin said Seattle “handled (the situation), accordingly, in house.” However, the receiver said that training camp is often a time of high tension because “testosterone” is elevated and players are trying to earn spots. Baldwin did not see that what happened between Ifedi and Clark would be a long-term problem.
Baldwin also addressed the team’s supposed issues with each other that were written about so much this offseason. He said, “All the issues that may or may not have been true during the offseason get resolved in the locker room.” Also, and thank goodness, “No air needed to be cleared.” Great answers.
Baldwin’s thoughts on the Kaepernick issue with the NFL
On the subject that Colin Kapernick had yet to be signed this offseason, Baldwin was clear.
"My original position was the situation with (Kaepernick) taking a knee last year didn’t have anything to do with (Kaepernick not being signed this offseason). After viewing what’s going on, I have to take that back. I definitely think the league, the owners, are trying to send a message…It’s frustrating because you wanna have guys who are willing to speak out about things they believe in."
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The Seahawks have many players that have no fear to say what they think, though. General Manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have done a good job of getting intelligent players on the team. As a 12, this is one reason I am such a big fan. The city of Seattle, which I love, is full of personality. So are the players who represent the Seahawks. Doug Baldwin will be beloved in Seattle long beyond his career is over as much for his play on the field as off it.
I am happy to call myself a Seahawks fan, but I am proud of that fact because of players like Baldwin.