The tale of the tape was starkly different in Week 2 than it was in Week 1 for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks converted 21 first downs to the San Francisco 49ers 10. Seattle also dominated time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 37 minutes of the game. Despite a general improvement in the numbers, the Seahawks finished last Sunday with something to be desired on offense.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin talked about Seattle’s performance after the week two victory.
“It was good. It was ugly, but that’s football,” Baldwin said. “When you grind it out like that, there’s something special to that. It’s not pretty, we had a lot of mistakes, but for us to come out of there with a victory and to grind it out like we did, it’s the beautiful part of the game.”
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Baldwin was tied for the team lead in receptions (six) and targets (nine) while racking up a total of 44 yards. Baldwin was asked if he though the offense was “ugly” on Sunday.
“Absolutely. Ugly as hell,” Baldwin said. “Very ugly. But we did enough. And it really doesn’t matter sometimes because like we talk about, it’s not about how you start. It doesn’t matter how it looks as long as you can get the job done”
Baldwin expressed high praise for fellow wide receiver Paul Richardson, who dislocated his finger so badly it exposed the bone. But despite the injury, Richardson was able to return to the action and catch the game-winning touchdown.
“Paul Richardson, I can’t say enough about him,” Baldwin said. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you guys this but he dislocated his finger, it came out of his skin and he’s sitting there bleeding, his bone is out of his skin. He goes into the locker room, sews it and tapes it up, comes back out and scores the game-winning touchdown. That’s the mentality that we have here and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”
Being able to win close games is one of the most important ways to produce successful seasons. Baldwin believes it’s the offenses’ T.R.I.B.E. motto that helps them do just that.
“It shows our resiliency,” Baldwin said. “We call ourselves a tribe here on offense. All the letters stand for something. Trust, resiliency, our investment to each other, our belief and then the execution of it. We had to use all of that today.”
Baldwin continued: “I don’t want to take anything away from the 49ers, but we felt like we should come in here and have success. And it was ugly. We had to dig into who we truly are as men, not only as football players, but as men. I can’t be more proud of the offense today.”
Baldwin and the Seahawks will take their trust, resiliency, investment, belief and execution into Tennessee for their Week 3 matchup with the 2-0 Titans.