Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin really didn't appreciate being called an "appetizer" by a certain ESPN analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer before the NFC Championship Game. After Seattle dominated Denver to win Super Bowl XLVIII, Baldwin didn't name Cris Carter specifically, it was no secret who he was taking shots at while speaking to reporters.
"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," Baldwin said, per John Boyle of Herald Net. "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."
Before Seattle edged San Francisco in the NFC title game, Carter and fellow analyst Keyshawn Johnson said the Seahawks receivers were not "main entrees," but "appetizers." Apparently responding to their comments after the Seahawks' win over the 49ers wasn't enough for Baldwin, who finished the Super Bowl with five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Carter, who was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, never made it to the Super Bowl in his 16-year career and lost in two conference championship games as a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings.
The eight-time Pro Bowler said on ESPN Monday morning that "they need to get over it."
"This is the thing. One, I never called him 'pedestrian.' Okay? Now, I told him the reason why they were on the field was because the two starting receivers happened to be hurt," Carter said. "I didn't make that up. And I'm glad for Doug Baldwin. I'm glad they're playing well. But they're not the only professionals to have someone say on TV or a coach, that you couldn't play."