Seahawks’ Pete Carroll: Baldwin-Cable confrontation a ‘little thing,’ but ‘Doug didn’t do that right’
The Seahawks won on Sunday, but a good portion of the attention after the game was focused on something that happened on the sideline as opposed to on the field.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and offensive line coach Tom Cable had a confrontation in the first half of Seattle’s 24-7 victory over the New York Giants, Baldwin stopping Cable from talking in an effort to let quarterback Russell Wilson share his thoughts first after a rough offensive series.
Talking to Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday morning, head coach Pete Carroll revisited the incident, echoing some sentiments Baldwin shared after the game that downplayed what was caught on camera by the CBS broadcast. But Carroll also took the opportunity to point out that Baldwin was in the wrong for interrupting a coach.
“It was just a small, little thing. … It just was a lot of guys trying real hard,” Carroll said. “That’s a good thing unless you’re over-trying. Everything was resolved and all that. Doug didn’t do that right, and I don’t like young kids seeing (that). (But) it was a little, teeny thing.”
Carroll followed up by praising Baldwin’s professionalism while also emphasizing his earlier point.
“He’s a marvelous pro. He really is. He cares so much, he’s doing so much for us, and he works so hard and he comes through and he plays great, practices great, and all that. And he’s also contributing so much in so many ways. He’s a marvelous kid on the team, and everybody screws up sometimes. It’s not OK, you gotta fix it, we gotta get right and all that, and I think we did.”
Here are a few more highlights from the Pete Carroll Show:
• Carroll had nothing but good things to say about the offensive line, including the rotation at left guard featuring Ethan Pocic and Mark Glowinski, who are filling in for Luke Joeckel as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. “Probably our best game up front, protecting and all that, blocking. We’re making progress. It doesn’t need to be a finished product right now, we need to keep getting better and I think we did. I think the left guards came through, did a nice job. Pocic did really well and jumped in at center and did well too. Just shows his versatility.”
• The offensive linemen weren’t the only members of the team that Carroll said had their best performance of the season. Second-year defense tackle Jarran Reed, who had a big sack that forced a fumble by New York quarterback Eli Manning, received similar praise. “This is his best game, I think. He was rock solid, he was all over it. Really tough at the line of scrimmage, the point of attack. And then he had some plays that he made, too. He is just such a good fundamental football player; we got a great product out of him coming from Alabama. They had taught him how to play (with) great leverage, great hand placement, and he has great instincts, too. You can see that, he can come off blocks and make plays, he disengages really well, and he’s doing all of that stuff now. He’s really in good shape, physically fit and playing great ball.”
• Though both Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls had moments of success as the primary ball carrier on Sunday, the battle rages on to be the Seahawks’ No. 1 running back. “I don’t think we’ve settled in on it yet. We’ll work it out, and I don’t mind that,” Carroll said of the Seahawks’ backfield situation.