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Doug Baldwin Press Conference Quotes - Jan. 23, 2014

Doug Baldwin Press Conference Quotes - Jan. 23, 2014

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by free safety Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

WR Doug Baldwin

(On if he looks at this game in the perspective of the Seahawks’ offense versus the Broncos’ defense…) “Well I mean I play offense so I have to look at it that way. Our mentality is that we want to run the ball obviously, dictate the pace of the game and the ground game and then make our big plays on the outside when we get our opportunities to. So for me, I can’t really talk about what our defense is going to do. Obviously, they’ve been dominant for the majority of the year. So they’re going to do their thing. Offensively, we have to take advantage of our opportunities and score points when we can.”

(On if the emphasis of scoring points ever changes during the game…) “I just think when you look at the numbers; we want to be more efficient. We’ve been 36 percent the past two playoff games, we haven’t been able to score as efficiently as we want to in the red zone. So those are some things that we want to improve on obviously playing in the last game of the season, the biggest of our lives. We’ve got to get that done.”

(On Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor’s chemistry during practice…) “That whole back end, it’s phenomenal the way that the play together because they do everything together. They watch film together, they work out together, they hang out together outside of the football field, outside of the practice facility and it shows up on the practice field and in the games because they’re communicating without even having to say anything to each other and they see things at the same rate. There’s a specific play in the last game that Sherm [Richard Sherman] and Kam [Chancellor] were telling me about. That Sherm was trying to tell Kam, ‘Hey, look out for this,’ and Kam said, ‘I already know. Don’t let them know that I know,’ and it’s exciting to watch guys like that. I’ve always been a defensive mentality-type guy for whatever reason, but it gets me excited to watch defenses and especially our defense because of how they play and the tenacity that they have.”

(On the defensive back field being the ‘Brotherhood of Boom …’) “Definitely, without a doubt. I mean you don’t get that good without having some chemistry as well.”

(On eliminating distractions…) “Yeah I mean obviously it’s the biggest game that we’ve ever played in. it’s one of the games that we’ve been reaming about playing in it since we were six years old, little league fields. The distraction of that, of being so hyped about it and the hype that surrounds it, it’s definitely real. But for us, it’s something that we’re going to try to do is to keep it like we’ve been preparing for the past 17 games and treat it as another game. Obviously, like I said, it’s going to be very difficult to do that. But, that distraction is something that we have to try and eliminate. It’s going to be difficult. But in order for us execute as well as we want to, we have to eliminate that distraction.”

(On all the media wanting to coordinate interviews with the players is an example of a distraction…) “Yeah I mean that comes with the territory and I was explaining it to somebody else recently. There are two approaches that I’ve decided that I was going to choose between. Whether it was going to be to cut myself completely and just focus on football or kind of absorb myself in the moment and not get caught up in everything, but absorb it and enjoy it as it comes along. But, allowing it to kind of take the pressure off. So that way, I’m not getting bombarded about interviews and stuff because I’m not doing it. Now that I am doing it, just get through it and then when it gets to that point, then we’ll focus on football.”

(On if he has learned anything from the preseason game against the Broncos…) “I mean it’s nice to look at on tape just to have a baseline, but so much goes on in the 17 weeks during the season, that it’s kind of hard to just look at that film and digest anything. The games that I’ll be looking at are the most recent games. Obviously the New England game and the last regular season games because those are the games that are going to mean more son than the preseason game.”

(On what allows Russell Wilson to make big plays in critical moments…) “I think he has great guys around him to be honest with you. I mean Russell Wilson, don’t get me wrong, has amazing talent, but let’s not take away from the guys that he has around. He probably has the best running back in the NFL behind him, one of the best blocking fullbacks that’s in front of Marshawn [Lynch], offensive line, although has taken a lot of criticism throughout the season, has done a fantastic job of keeping him up and giving him opportunities to make plays and then we’ll talk about the receivers another time.”

(On what’s been a factor to Byron Maxwell’s early success…) “His confidence. His confidence I think that’s the major factor in his success. When he came in, it was new to him obviously and the excitement of playing in the NFL and then being with guys like Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor. He’s just trying to learn as much as he could and absorb himself in our defensive backfield and now, he knows that he’s capable of playing at a high level with those guys. They’ve taught him so much and now he’s kind of making it his own position and he’s doing a fantastic job at it.”


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