Doug Baldwin’s, Seahawks’ frustration boils over after offense struggles
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was angry and Russell Wilson apologetic after an awful offensive showing in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. “The whole offense needs to refocus,” Baldwin said.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Even in the afterglow of a Monday night victory against Washington, Doug Baldwin stewed. The Seahawks’ troubles on offense, glossed over and minimized because of Russell Wilson’s dazzling scrambles, seemed ominous to him.
Which is why the Seahawks’ continued struggles Sunday in a damaging 30-23 defeat against Dallas were particularly galling to Baldwin. At one point, he could be seen jawing on the sidelines in Wilson’s face, a heated exchange captured on the television broadcast.
“What do you think, man? We’re frustrated,’’ Baldwin said when asked about it, still visibly agitated after the defeat. “The offense can’t (bleeping) move the ball. We’ve got too much (bleeping) talent over here not to be moving the ball.”
It’s not the conundrum anyone expected, is it? With Wilson seemingly moving into elite status, with Marshawn Lynch still in vintage form, with Percy Harvin’s explosiveness added to the mix, the Seahawks figured to have an offense that hummed.
Except on Sunday, it coughed and sputtered, save for one beautiful 53-yard fade route from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse on their first possession. Otherwise, the Seahawks faltered against a Dallas defense that had given up the most yards per play in the NFL.
Baldwin said afterward he’s not mad at Wilson, who passed for 126 yards, his lowest total since amassing a mere 108 last year against Arizona — Seattle’s last home defeat.
“It’s not on Russ,’’ Baldwin said. “I’m just saying, in general, our offense, we’re just too (bleeping) good not to be moving the ball down the field. It’s a collaborative thing. We’ve all got to pitch in and do our part. We’ve all got to do better.”
Wilson owned up to his struggles, acknowledging he was off on his throws — “maybe an inch or two to the right or left.”
And when he had a chance, as Wilson did a week ago, to salvage the game, there was no magic.
A potential go-ahead drive that began at Seattle’s 19 with 3:16 to play couldn’t even produce a first down. And a final desperation effort in the waning moments produced a game-clinching interception for the Cowboys.
“I didn’t play my best game,’’ Wilson said. “I felt like I let some people down.”
But it wasn’t just a Wilson issue. The Seahawks had too many penalties that halted whatever flow they might have. Three catches and three runs by Harvin produced a grand total of minus-1 yard. Several of Wilson’s passes that could have been caught, weren’t.
Perhaps most tellingly, the Seahawks were unable to get Lynch involved in the offense early, giving him just two carries in the first half. Lynch finished with just 10 carries for 61 yards — more than half coming on one 32-yard run in the third quarter.
At one point in the game, Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, tweeted: “Bevell (offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell) know he has a running back?”
Pete Carroll said Lynch’s inactivity was primarily because the Seahawks couldn’t sustain drives and keep Dallas off the field. In other words, much the same recipe for failure that marred their other defeat this season, in San Diego.
“We weren’t making first downs,’’ Carroll said. “You have to get rhythm. It’s the same thing. If you look at it, why didn’t you give the ball to Marshawn more, or why didn’t this guy catch more passes? It’s because you have to get first downs and get more plays.
“When the defense is out there a long time, and the offense has a three-and-out, then you don’t get your shots, and that’s just what happens.”
To Baldwin, it has happened too much. While their ineffective offense against Dallas was particularly jarring in defeat, to Baldwin the warning signs had been visible, if anyone cared to look.
“The whole offense needs to refocus,’’ Baldwin said. “We didn’t correct the things that we needed to correct from last week.”
“We need to be honest with ourselves and hold each other accountable and be real. The BS that we had last week about how great our offense played, that’s BS. In all honesty, that’s BS because we played like (expletive) last week. We didn’t correct those things, and it caught up to us.”
Now the Seahawks must ensure their offensive woes don’t overtake and overwhelm them. The individual talent is certainly there. Whatever complacency, or at least lack of urgency, that might have set in should be obliterated for good after the defeat Sunday.
But I thought that after the Chargers’ game, too. Maybe the Seahawks have been, as Baldwin suggested, deluding themselves into believing that all was sanguine, that they could rectify their issues with a do-over.
It didn’t happen. And now it’s time to get real.
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