The wide receiver says the offense is “destroying” the All-Pro cornerback at Seahawks practices.
Fights happen at football practice, particularly this time of year. They seldom make for much if anything other than a good headline.
Now veterans provoking fights with other veterans, star players in fact, that’s a little more interesting.
Such is the case in Seattle, where Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman went at it on Monday. As Gregg Bell for The News Tribune describes it, the two went at it after Baldwin beat Sherman and the Seahawks secondary for a long touchdown pass. And although Baldwin described himself as the “agitator,” it was Sherman who started the fisticuffs.
“I’ll admit it: I’m kind of an agitator in that, at times,” Baldwin said. “But it’s because we need it. We don’t like it just to be peas and carrots all the time in practice. We want to bring out that competitive nature. We want to see the dog in guys so we can bring out the best in their abilities.”
If Sherman was unhappy, he may have reason to be. Baldwin’s report, while biased, is the offense has been getting the better of the three-time Pro Bowl defensive back all summer.
“He’s upset that the receivers are getting the best out of him and the defensive backs this year. So he takes offense to that.”
Baldwin is coming off of a career year in which he earned a somewhat surprising four-year contract extension. It’s a positive sign the wideout is not only beating the Seahawks’ best cornerback, but seemingly taking on a leadership role on offense.
What maybe isn’t as much of a positive sign is Sherman, once thought to be an impenetrable force, is having so much trouble at practice.