The Seattle Seahawks didn’t get unanimous love in their run to the Super Bowl as many analysts tried to pick apart the game plan of both the offense and the defense. Marshall Faulk called the Seahawks defense into question before the unit went out and allowed the best offense in football to score just eight points, while other analysts singled out specific groups of players on the team.
One analyst who did this was ESPN talking head Cris Carter. Before the Seahawks hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, Carter stated that the Seahawks receivers were just appetizers because there was no main course in Seattle’s game plan, something that Doug Baldwin brought up after the game.
Baldwin didn’t call Cris Carter out by name, but we all knew who he was talking about. The Everett Herald captured the quotes:
“OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear,” he said. “Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense.”
“That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”
Carter may not think much of the receivers that Seattle is boasting, but Doug Baldwin now has one more ring than the ESPN analyst will ever have in his career.