Doug Baldwin responds to allegation that Russell Wilson isn't held accountable

Last week, ESPN dropped a story about how Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman has never been able to get over the interception that cost the team a victory in Super Bowl XLIX, and how his relationship with the organization has fractured since that point. Sherman called the story nonsense and said the reports of schisms inside the locker room were unfounded, but that hasn't stopped people from asking other Seahawks about allegations contained therein. 

One such allegation was the idea that Russell Wilson gets treated differently by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll than other players on the team, and is not held as accountable for his mistakes as they are. Is that true? 

"I don't know," Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin said during a radio appearance, per "Honestly, I didn't even read the entire article. I read parts of it. Didn't really have time to read the whole thing. I think Pete does a fantastic job of handling different individuals differently. We all have our different personalities. We all act different ways. And Pete does a fantastic job of accommodating those personalities. He's done it with me. He's done it with Russ, with [Sherman], with [Marshawn Lynch], with all of us. And he does a great job at it."

That's not a confirmation of the idea, but it's not a denial, either. It seems like Baldwin is simply letting on that Carroll knows the best way to deal with Wilson, and may be implying that the way to do so is through positive reinforcement rather than negative reinforcement, which may work better for other players on the team. 

Baldwin was also asked if Carroll's message still resonates with him the same way it does when he was younger, or the way it might for younger players on the team now. His explanation was rather interesting. 

"If I'm being honest, no," Baldwin said. "I've heard [the message] for going on seven years now, so I know what he's going to say when he says it. But it doesn't get lost. Don't get me wrong, it's not that it doesn't have the same impact. It doesn't have the same impact because I've heard it. It doesn't get lost.

"The first meeting that we have, he raises out the ball and says, 'It's all about the ball. We've got to take care of the ball. We've got to steal it from the offense and take care of it when we have it on offense.' And those things don't change. And that's probably one of the things that I love most about Pete is his consistency when it comes to his philosophy. He's not going to waver on that. He has a solid foundation on the way he wants to run his program, his philosophy on offense, on defense and special teams. And he sticks to that. He can be adaptable when it comes to the different personalities, but when it comes to his philosophy, he doesn't change."

When you're on the same team with the same players and the same coach for such a long time, you obviously get used to hearing certain things over and over again. So, it's not a surprise that Baldwin would be used to Carroll's consistent message by now. But that message must be sinking in, because the Seahawks are consistently one of the best teams in the NFL. And Baldwin seems to understand that the consistency of message informs the consistency of performance. 

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