I talked with Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin last week and for this story. Baldwin is one of the few healthy players not rehabbing an injury still working out at the team’s facility.
Baldwin said he’s putting in the work now in order to build on the success he had in his first year, and that he wants to be known as a complete receiver – not just a guy who can get open out of the slot.
Baldwin also came to the defense of his quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who’s been criticized for his play at the end of 2011 this offseason.
Baldwin: “Tarvaris can’t do it all by himself,” Baldwin said. “He’s sitting back there and he’s taking the pressure. He takes a lot of heat from fans and a lot of criticism from whoever, but Tarvaris is one of those guys that if he’s given an opportunity, he’s going to make the best of it.
“With the capability that he has, it’s up to the receivers, the running backs and the offensive line to give him that opportunity. Late in games I think we’re putting a lot on his shoulders, and a lot of guys, including myself, weren’t coming through for him in key situations when he needed us to.”
Adam Rink of NFL.com provides musical mascots for each team in the league. Rink tags Soundgarden for the Seahawks.
More Rink: The Seahawks “Locker Room Rock” from 1985 appropriately makes his list of worst sports videos by a team ever.
Economists Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier writing for Grantland paint a grim fantasy prediction for the future of football, where litigation because of the rise in concussions in high school, college and the NFL lead to the eventual end of the sport in 10 to 15 years. While an unlikely scenario, it’s an interesting read, and something I’m sure the NFL is working to protect itself against.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com pours water on the two’s prediction.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated comes to the defense of the Hall of Fame committee members who have taken heat for leaving Bill Parcells and Cris Carter out this year.