Doug Baldwin wants to make one thing clear from Sunday’s loss to Dallas:
“I wasn’t yelling at Russell.”
Fox’s television cameras showed Baldwin barking close to the face of quarterback Russell Wilson on the Seahawks’ sideline during the second half of the 30-23 loss. Baldwin, with his helmet off, was also angrily pointing and gesturing toward the field. Wilson, wearing a team cap, was listening to what appeared to be a one-way conversation.
Most assumed Baldwin was upset having two catches in three targets by Wilson in 48 plays last Sunday — especially after Baldwin vented in the locker room after the game, saying of the Seahawks (3-2) “We’ve got to quit BS-ing ourselves.”
“See, that’s the thing: People, they aren’t in our locker room. They don’t know what goes on the meeting room, what goes on during a football game. They don’t know what was going on in my conversation with Russell,” Baldwin said before Wednesday’s practice for Sunday’s NFC West game against Rams (1-4) in St. Louis. “I wasn’t yelling at Russell. I was voicing my frustration as a whole with the offense. I told him, ‘We’re too good for this. We should be putting up 40 points. We’ve got too much talent not to be going out there and play the way we are capable of.’
“I wasn’t yelling at Russell in any way, in any negative way. He knows I am a fiery guy. That’s just how I am. I am a passionate guy about the game of football.”
Speaking at his corner locker at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Baldwin described the Super Bowl champions’ mood this week as “anxious, excited.”
“We all know we’ve got an opportunity to be better. We’ve got to play better,” said Baldwin, who is second on the team with 16 receptions but no touchdowns after he had 50 catches with five touchdowns last season.
Baldwin said two losses in five games “just kind of refocuses us and lets us know we’re not as good as we think we are and we’re not as good as everyone thinks outside here.
“I think it’s a positive attitude we have in the locker room.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Dallas. They played a hell of a game … but we didn’t play up to our potential. And we know that. And we haven’t done that the last few weeks offensively. I think that’s what I was more frustrated about. Even in the Washington game — everyone said how well we played offensively — we really played like crap, actually, in all honestly. So that’s what frustrated me, that we didn’t improve.”
Baldwin said the offense had a meeting in which line coach and assistant head coach Tom Cable reiterated what Baldwin said Sunday.
“He said we need to look in the mirror, look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that we each have a part of this,” Baldwin said.
“I think everyone got the message.”
WAGNER, UNGER, MILLER OUT
The team listed middle linebacker Bobby Wagner as out for the week on its practice-participation report. Carroll said “it looks like it’s going to be a while,” probably weeks, before Wagner returns from his turf toe injury, though the coach said Wagner does not need surgery.
That means outside linebacker K.J. Wright will move to the middle and Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin will be the outside linebackers against the Rams.
Carroll said center Max Unger (sprained foot) will miss his second consecutive game Sunday. Stephen Schilling will make his second career start at center. Cable said Schilling did well against Dallas, other than a false-start penalty.
Tight end Zach Miller will also miss another game because of the ankle surgery he had three weeks ago.
Carroll said Byron Maxwell’s calf strain is a day-to-day proposition and there’s a chance the starting cornerback will play at St. Louis. If he doesn’t, Tharold Simon apparently will. Simon returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since knee surgery six weeks ago. Carroll said Monday if Simon holds up in practice this week, the Rams game could be his chance.
AUSSIE RUGBY STAR VISITED SEAHAWKS
Jarryd Hayne, a 26-year-old star of Australia’s professional rugby league, visited Seahawks headquarters last month during a trip to Seattle. Hayne posted Instagram photos of his visit.
Folks visit the Seahawks at the VMAC all the time — though not many are world-class athletes who can run and are 6-foot-2, 220 pounds in their physical prime.
Wednesday Hayne held a press conference in Australia to announce he was retiring from his million-dollar-a-year Australian National Rugby League deal as the Parramatta Eels’ fullback to pursue an NFL career.
A Los Angeles-based reporter with Channel 9 television in Australia had a crew in Renton on Wednesday asking whether he thought Hayne could make it in the NFL — or with the Seahawks.
“Well, our scout Down Under has been on this for quite some time,” Carroll joked.
“He’s quite an athlete and quite a competitor. That’s the stuff we like. We’ll see where it goes. I’m afraid to mention anything because I don’t know what the contract issues are down there. We’ll leave that up to John (Schneider).”
Carroll was fighting hard to keep his face straight with that last reference to Seahawks general manager John Schneider. In fact, Carroll didn’t even meet Hayne when he was here.
“It’s pretty exciting thought, anyway. It’s an exciting thought,” Carroll said. “There are some great players there and it’s a great game, and it’s a physical, demanding game. Those guys have all the same kind of stuff that we are looking for in our guys.”
RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Percy Harvin did not practice because they rested. … DT Jordan Hill did not practice because of an ankle injury. … The team signed back DB Steven Terrell to the practice squad and announced defensive back Eric Pinkins has returned to practice from the reserved/nonfootball injury list.