Doug Baldwin knows the Seattle Seahawks‘ locker room is unconventional, but he says that’s helped them become one of the NFL’s elite teams.

The Seahawks have come under fire of late, with their locker room painted as divided and dysfunctional. However, the veteran receiver believes Seattle’s “vibrant personalities” are one of the main reasons the Seahawks have been so successful, he told “PFT Live” on Tuesday.

“I know that our locker room is different,” Baldwin said, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “We have a lot of vibrant personalities that are not hesitant to share their emotions and their opinions, but that’s what makes us great. And Pete Carroll has embraced that environment, he’s made that environment. We celebrate individuality and he’s done a great job of handling those different personalities and giving us a platform to express ourselves because ultimately he feels that in doing so, that’s how we become the best version of ourselves on the football field.”

A recent story by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham highlighted the strained relationships between players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, with the latter group frustrated by the perceived preferential treatment given to the former.

But Baldwin said the piece, published in late May, hasn’t caused any tension.

“There was no issues with the article because we’re a family. Yeah, we do argue, we do have disagreements, but at the end of the day, we know what we’re fighting for, we know we’re going in the same direction,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin’s “vibrant personalities” comment likely refers in part to Richard Sherman, the centerpiece of Wickersham’s story and one of the most outspoken players in the league.

Sherman’s outbursts and issues with quarterback Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll were reportedly one of the main causes of discord in the Seahawks’ locker room. But the star cornerback described that idea as “nonsense” and Wilson called Sherman “one of the best teammates I could ever ask for.”

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