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Doug Baldwin: Russell Wilson gained respect by playing through injuries

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At a time when some reports suggest Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lost support in the locker room last season due to the struggles of the offense, one of his teammates explains that Wilson actually won admiration for playing through injuries.

“He dealt with a lot of injuries,” Baldwin told PFT Live in an interview that debuted on Tuesday. “I won’t express those here, I can’t. But he dealt with a lot.”

Wilson had two serious injuries about which everyone knew — ankle and MCL. Baldwin’s comments suggest that there were more.

“To his credit, he battled his way back to get back on the football field,” Baldwin said. “He battled through his own mental process to deal with the pain. He gained a lot of respect in our locker room because of it. That was a key thing for him, to be able to get hurt in the fashion in which he did, everybody saw it, and then [it] comes back that it’s some significant injuries. For him to battle his way [back], he gained a lot of respect in our locker room. We’re looking forward this season for him to be healthy, get out there on the field and stay healthy so we have the best chance to win again.”

Despite the injuries and perceived struggles of the offense, Baldwin’s numbers increased over an impressive 2015 performance. He explained that the offense tilted more toward the pass because of struggles in the running game.

“I’m looking forward this upcoming season [to] running the ball more,” Baldwin said. “And I know, counterintuitive for a receiver, but the truth of the matter is that we have a philosophy in Seattle where if you run the ball and you control the clock and you play stout defense, you’re going to give yourself an opportunity to be successful. And we’ve seen that. So I’m looking forward to getting back to that philosophy, being able to run the ball as efficiently as we have in the past, so we can give ourselves an opportunity to get back to the Super Bowl. Ultimately, that’s the goal, right? Win games and win the Super Bowl.”

That’s the same goal 31 other teams have. The difference in Seattle is that the Seahawks have made it at least to the final eight for each of the last five years, and they’ll likely be knocking on the door again.

So despite the strong personalities and the tales of dysfunction and the concerns about Wilson not being Aaron Rodgers and whatever else they have to deal with, the Seahawks have found a way for half of a decade to deliver at a high level.

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3 Responses to “Doug Baldwin: Russell Wilson gained respect by playing through injuries”
  1. redlikethepig says: Jun 6, 2017 2:45 PM

    Everyone who had a year that didn’t live up to their expectations was ‘fighting through injuries’.

  2. PacificNWMark says: Jun 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    “So despite the best efforts of second-tier media personalities to tear this team apart by promoting tales of imagined dysfunction, and the manufactured concerns that because Russell Wilson is not Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, he is therefore incapable of being Seattle’s ‘franchise QB’, the Seahawks have found a way for half of a decade to deliver at a high level.”

    Fixed it for ya.

  3. theashleyguy says: Jun 6, 2017 6:18 PM

    redlikethepig says:
    Jun 6, 2017 2:45 PM
    Everyone who had a year that didn’t live up to their expectations was ‘fighting through injuries’.

    _____________________________________________________
    On this post and your last few about the Seahawks, you just keep demonstrating your lack of awareness about football in general, and the Seahawks, in particular. Wilson had a high ankle sprain from Game 1 on. That is, for all practical purposes, a broken leg. Then he had an MCL. Then he had a torn pec.

    Might want to do a little research.

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