The same is true for the Seahawks themselves who will play the Arizona Cardinals in Josh Rosen’s debut, but before the games can happen the normal practices of a given NFL week have to occur. This includes media sessions, taking to the podium, you get the picture.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin met with the Seattle media on Thursday. Baldwin has yet to play this season but he was seen getting animated on the sidelines against the Cowboys.
Baldwin discussed a different wide receiver catching a touchdown against Dallas on Thursday, Tyler Lockett. You’ll remember that Lockett hauled in a 52-yard pass from Russell Wilson for a score right inside of the two-minute warning in the first half.
The score gave Seattle a 14-3 lead and that was plenty to keep the Cowboys out of contention and cruise to victory. How did Seattle score so easily on the deep bomb to Lockett, though? Until then Dallas had kept him and the Seahawks offense relatively in check. According to Baldwin, the answer lies in hand signals, specifically the defensive ones that the Cowboys were using. Two practice squad players on the Seahawks had the job of watching them throughout the game in hopes of deciphering what they meant, and Baldwin claims they did.
Here’s Doug Baldwin talking about how Caleb Scott and Alex McGough successfully deciphered the Cowboys defensive hand signals last Sunday on the Tyler Lockett touchdown.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 28, 2018
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The Lockett touchdown came on Seattle’s fifth offensive possession of the game, and they had also gotten in the endzone on their fourth. It makes logical sense that after the first three the Seahawks were somewhat aware of what the Cowboys were doing defensively which led to the success they had, and perhaps Dallas changed things up at halftime which is why things stalled for Seattle.
This of course will remind everyone of the infamous Spygate scandal that plagued the New England Patriots in 2007, but it’s not like the Seahawks videotaped the Cowboys on a previous occasion and got the knowledge that way. They had players watching Dallas mid-game and were able to crack the code quickly enough to use the knowledge to their benefit in the same contest, so much so that Baldwin believes the Seahawks could have scored any way on the Lockett touchdown.
For what it’s worth Jerry Jones and Co. may have been aware of this as he said Seattle knew some of their tendencies when he appeared on 105.3 The Fan this week. Who knows.
What do you think of Seattle deciphering the Cowboys defensive hand signals? Is it unfair? Within the boundaries of the rules? Just another demerit in a bad game?
Let’s hope the hand signals are a bit different this Sunday against the Lions.