SEATTLE -- As he broke the huddle with 7:50 left in the third quarter Sunday, wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a message for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the Seattle Seahawks' sideline, so he flipped them the bird.
"We’re in the f---ing red zone, and you want me to throw the ball?" Baldwin said afterward with a laugh. "Throw me the ball."
On the ensuing play, Baldwin took a pitch from Russell Wilson, pretended like he was going to run right with the ball and then launched a pass down the left sideline for a 15-yard touchdown.
"It’s more funny than it is anything," Baldwin said. "[Bevell] knows that when we get in the red zone, I want the ball thrown to me. I want to score touchdowns. And so, it’s like in that situation, him flipping the bird to me because now he’s got me throwing the ball to somebody else."
Asked what Bevell's reaction was when he got to the sideline, Baldwin said, "He just looked at me and laughed. Nothing could be said. It worked out perfectly, right?"
The Seahawks had the play called in the huddle but were going to go to it only if they got the right look. Wilson said the Seahawks have been trying to call the play for the last four or five years. Oftentimes, they got the wrong look and switched out of it.
"I was talking to him, saying we can switch jobs if he wants," Wilson said. "It may not be pretty, but we can switch jobs. Obviously it was a great job by him, great throw. He got some heat over there on the right side, and he still made a great throw. And a good call by coach Bevell. We executed it well there."
Joked Baldwin, "They doubted my arm ability. They doubted that I could make the throw, so I'm glad I could prove them wrong."