If the Seahawks have any hope of rebounding from that devastating Super Bowl loss, Pete Carroll is going to have to adjust the attitudes of some of his immature players.
He should start with Dookie Baldwin. Is anyone else fed up with his act yet? First he lashed out in Richard Sherman fashion after the NFC title game, and then he performed a classless “turddown” celebration after scoring in the Super Bowl.
He was fined $11,025 for the latter move — pretending to poop out the football in the end zone after his 3-yard touchdown gave Seattle a 24-14 lead in the third quarter. It was his only catch of the game as he found himself stranded on Revis Island, and yet he still felt like it was worth giving the Patriots a free 15 yards to start their next drive.
Like a 5-year-old brat, Angry Dookie was completely unapologetic about it after the game and two days later — a sign that he’s still just an immature pup who maybe didn’t deserve the contract he got last offseason. He sure seems to feel entitled now.
“I was just out there having fun, enjoying the game of football,” he said, apparently forgetting it was the Super Bowl. “There’s no explanation. … I can get criticized all you want to — that’s fine. Everybody has their opinion. But in the moment, I was just having fun, and my teammates know that.
“Ultimately the only people I have to apologize to are my teammates and coaches. … They didn’t say anything. That’s not even an issue. We lost the game; there are so many other things to be concerned with than something stupid like that.”
Well, at least he admits it was stupid.
It’s hard to believe Carroll didn’t pull aside Baldwin at the time and remind him to grow up. If he didn’t then or after the game, when he obviously had other problems on his mind, he had better get to Angry Dookie at some point soon and adjust his attitude.
And then he should make sure to talk to Demarcus Dobbs, Bruce Irvin and Michael Bennett — and find and remove the moronic conspiracy theorist(s) in the locker room who came up with the preposterous notion that Carroll had Russell Wilson throw the ball on the goal line because he wanted the quarterback to win the MVP over Marshawn Lynch.
Dobbs, Irvin and Bennett are very likely to be fined for their roles in the brawl at the end of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks obviously were frustrated they were about to lose.
Dobbs started it, hitting Patriots left guard Dan Connolly in the head after the whistle. Then Bruce Irvin came over and pushed Connolly. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski saw what was going on and pushed Irvin in return, and Dobbs and Irvin both got shoves in on Gronk.
Then Bennett jumped into the fray, shoving Gronk as well. Patriots center Ryan Wendell shoved Irvin out of the way and plowed Bennett into the end zone and to the ground while Gronk engaged Irvin and Dobbs and other players rushed to the scene.
Bennett ended up tackling Gronkowski in the end zone and Irvin — not quite done — got into it with tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.
Irvin was ejected. Unlike Baldwin, he was apologetic. But he also said he would do it again.
“I was protecting a teammate,” Irvin said after the game. “Emotions flew. I saw somebody hit Mike Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high, and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go protect my teammate. That’s just how it is.”
That brawl was just another symptom of discipline issues with the Seahawks. Irvin has proven to be an undisciplined hothead — remember his late hit on Philip Rivers that helped cost the Seahawks that game in San Diego? Bennett led the NFL in offsides penalties — and committed another one on the goal line right after the interception/before the brawl, ruining any desperate chance the Hawks might have had of getting the ball back via a safety.
Tharold Simon is another young player who needs to learn to play under control and not get into scraps as often as he does.
Carroll realized he was losing control of his team in the first half of the season, so he grabbed hold of it by calling the team leaders together and asking them to pull the team together.
He might have lost some of it again with his controversial decision at the end of the Super Bowl, and now he has to regain the trust of his players, instill some discipline in immature guys such as Baldwin, Irvin, Bennett and Simon and get rid of anyone who doesn’t get with the program.
The Seahawks’ Super Bowl chances next year depend on it.