For several seasons, there has reportedly been friction between the Seahawks’ offense and defense, with the defense often frustrated by the offense’s play-calling and production – or lack thereof.
Well, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas didn’t do anything to quiet those rumors Sunday. The Seahawks lost to Green Bay, 17-9, at Lambeau in a game in which the Seattle D was on the field for almost 40 minutes. Afterward, a frustrated Thomas told reporters, “Man, it’s been like this for eight years.”
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had no problem with Thomas’ comments, nor did he say the offense feels under siege.
“No, not at all,” Baldwin said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The truth of the matter is, it’s been like that for several years. Earl was telling the truth. We’ve always kind of sputtered at times on offense and we’ve leaned on our defense – but understandably so. The majority of our money on our team is in our defense, so they need to be able to carry the load sometimes. That’s just the reality of what our team is and what the NFL is. The majority of our money is spent on our defense, so we look to them to do more in terms of pulling their weight. So yeah, I can’t disagree with what Earl has to say.”
The Seahawks didn’t allow a single point in the first half and, overall, limited Aaron Rodgers to one touchdown, picked him off, and recorded four sacks. That’s a game that Seattle should would.
Only it didn’t.
Russell Wilson finished 14-of-27 for 158 yards and accounted for 40 of the Seahawks’ 90 rushing yards. Seattle, outside of Wilson, rushed 16 times for 50 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and was limited to three field goals on the day.
“In respect to our offense, yes, we weren’t on our best game this past Sunday,” said Baldwin, who caught four balls for a team-high 63 yards. “There’s a lot of things that we need to correct – and we will get corrected. That’s typically how we do things. We find the holes and weaknesses in our offense and we find ways to get around those and be successful anyway. So we’ll do that again this year and again lean on our defense to make sure that we’re in a winning opportunity late in the games.”
The Seahawks (0-1) should have an easier time finding the win column – and end zone – this Sunday. They host San Francisco (0-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET.