Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman exchanged sarcastic insults in the team's locker room following the 43-8 destruction of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. According to the team's official Twitter account, Baldwin said that Sherman is a "mediocre cornerback."
Sherman then responded by saying, "And you're pedestrian."
Seattle's receivers have been called "pedestrian" in the past, something that has become a sort of rallying cry for the group in recent weeks. Baldwin, when talking about Sherman, said that he is definitely one of the best cornerbacks in the league, though that statement was coming from "a pedestrian, average receiver."
Baldwin also reportedly told USA Today reporters that he appreciates them being "in the presence of such average and pedestrian receivers." It's true that Seattle's receivers didn't put up huge numbers this season. Golden Tate led the way with 898 yards and five touchdowns off of 64 receptions, while Baldwin had 778 yards and five touchdowns of his own off of 50 receptions.
On Sunday, Baldwin managed 66 yards off of five catches to go with a touchdown. Jermaine Kearse added four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, while fellow receiver Percy Harvin managed a touchdown on a kick return as well as two rushes for 45 yards.
Sherman, on the other hand, was the one saying "mediocre." After the NFC Championship, Sherman said that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was mediocre, and that he wanted everyone to see that. Sherman made a play to prevent Crabtree from hauling in a would-be game-winning touchdown near the end of that game.
Clearly, the Seahawks as a whole are a very energetic, driven group. They take whatever criticism they can and turn it into motivation. That motivation turned into a Lombardi Trophy on Sunday.