RENTON — The Monday after the season ends is a day for reflection — and blame, depending how the year went.
Seattle (9-7) missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and the offense wasn’t exactly The Greatest Show on Turf in 2017 so, naturally, receiver Doug Baldwin was asked if he felt the playcalling was a factor is the team’s struggles.
"Do any of you guys watch film?" Baldwin responded Monday afternoon in a mostly empty locker room inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "Do any you guys really watch tape. I really question that sometimes because y’all make these narratives, y’all put these topics and titles and (expletive) — and y’all don’t watch film. Y’all don’t watch tape.
"It really pisses us off sometimes as players. I really wish I could say more, but I’m not going to. Obviously I’m frustrated because we lost. Do your job. I’m not saying that to piss y’all off or be an asshole but I wish more people — if you’re journalist and your job is to do investigative reporting then actually investigate. Watching (expletive) film."
Seattle’s offense ranked near the middle of the pack in yards per game, yards per play and actually ranked in the top half of the league in scoring. But the offense was essentially one dimensional year and very inefficient on third down.
But that’s not on offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to Baldwin.
"It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling," Baldwin said. "We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations that we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively that’s what we’ve seen countless, countless time again; we do not execute the way that we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame Bev all you want to, Bev’s not the problem."
Baldwin finished his seventh season with a team-high 991 yards and eight touchdowns on a team-high 75 receptions.
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