Doug Baldwin explains why he shoved assistant coach

Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin found himself the center of attention on the sideline during the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Giants for all the wrong reasons. Baldwin wound up shoving offensive line coach Tom Cable during a sideline discussion between members of the offense, leading to head coach Pete Carroll approaching the group.

“I lost my cool,” Baldwin said, per Sporting News. It’s 100 percent my fault. At that moment, I was really frustrated with the offense as a whole. Not the coaching staff, but the players. Again it goes back to our X’s and O’s, it wasn’t the play calls we just didn’t execute. Whether it was passing the ball, blocking, catching, jumping offside whatever it may be we weren’t executing as players and to me there is nothing a coach can say. We have to take accountability for that, so I got a little passionate about it. At that moment that players needed to realize it’s the players not the coaches.

“I don’t know I wish I would have done it differently, Cable and I have the same mindset, we both want the same thing. In that moment, he said what he said and I was going to say the exact same thing so I guess it worked out, but obviously I wish it would have been different.”

The incident was downplayed by Seattle after the game, which was likely aided by the fact that the offense awoke and helped the team defeat the New York Giants, 24-7.

Baldwin gave the Seahawks the lead for good with a third-quarter touchdown, finishing the night as the team’s leading receiver to the tune of a nine-catch, 92-yard performance.

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