Percy Harvin very disruptive for Seattle Seahawks
It’s been proven time and again that one of the most difficult tasks in the National Football League is to repeat as the World Champions.
Back in August, this didn’t seem to pertain to the Seattle Seahawks, who were almost intact as far as their Super Bowl championship roster was concerned. They did lose a couple of impact players, but they also gained a couple of new hands, too.
They were rather fortunate not to lose many starting players to injury last year, or even this season, so far.
One problem that cropped up this season, that wasn’t evident during their championship run last season, was a roster member—Percy Harvin– who had trouble getting along with his teammates.
Harvin missed a lot more games than he participated in because of various injuries, but was very good when he was healthy enough to play.
The Seahawks jumped at a chance toobtain Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings and in March of 2013 traded several draft picks, including a first-rounder, to Minnesota for Harvin and signed him to a six-year $67 million contract with $25 million guaranteed money.
Despite missing almost all of last season following hip surgery, Harvin made a huge impact in Seattle’s Super Bowl 48 victory over Denver with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as well as two carries for 45 yards. Harvin also was instrumental in helping Seattle rout Green Bay in the 2014 season opener.
“One thing head coach Pete Carroll wants is great chemistry on the field as well as off the field,” said team radio analyst Warren Moon on Sirius XM NFL Radio, who also is a mentor to quarterback Russell Wilson. “There was a little bit of a chemistry problem within the locker room at times with Percy because he’s a different type of guy.
“Pete really wants everyone feeling comfortable with each other. And I really think that’s why this team has been so successful for the last three years. They’ve really had great camaraderie, and they don’t want to do anything to disrupt that,” Moon added.
According to the Seattle Times and KBME-AM radio in Houston, Harvin was involved in two separate fist-fights with teammates in 2014 and around Super Bowl time in 2013, Harvin gave fellow wide receiver Golden Tate a black eye after punching him in the face.
Harvin had an altercation with receiver Doug Baldwin during the exhibition season in August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin. Each player was excused from practices that week.
The straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back was during the game two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys when Harvin balked at re-entering the game while Seattle was driving for the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Harvin missed 11 of the 17 snaps which really irked Carroll.
The Seattle Seahawks had reached a point of no return with Percy Harvin. They had until the NFL trade deadline of Oct. 28 to move Harvin, but the Seahawks’ front office wanted to do it immediately.
If they couldn’t work out a trade with another team, Seattle would have released Harvin outright, according to league and team sources.
Before trading Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft choice, Seahawks general manager John Schneider was “fully forthcoming and transparent” with the teams they engaged in trade discussions, according to sources.
“We made a bold move in acquiring him from the Vikings in 2013,” Schneider said Sunday on the 710 ESPN Seattle pre-game show. “But it became apparent that things weren’t going to work out, and it wasn’t a good fit.
“We have to prepare this team for moving forward all the time, and I’m not just talking about this week or next week,” Schneider emphasized. “I’m talking about 2015 and 2016.
“We constantly have to look at how we improve the team. This was the appropriate move at the appropriate time,” he concluded.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been intrigued about the possibility of bringing Harvin on the jet-sweep runs that have been so productive to his 1-5 team.
“Percy is a versatile, dynamic player who has been productive on offense and special teams,” Jets general manager John Idzik said in a statement. “We’re excited about adding him to the Jets.”
I wonder how excited they will be about the baggage Percy Harvin brings that got him abruptly traded by both the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.
KWICKIES…Orange’s Earl Thomas may be on to something about his Seattle Seahawks getting some raw deals by the NFL officiating crews. Too many unusual things have happened to Seattle this season that certainly cannot be coincidental. When you’re team is the defending world champion, it wears a big target on its back. But that’s for the other 31 teams to aim at and NOT the game officials.
It’s hard not to root for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series after an absence from the Fall Classic for 29 years. They came into the playoffs as one of the American League wild cards, won that game with bunts and stolen bases, won three straight in the Division Series of the playoffs from the Los Angeles Angels by using speed, bunting prowess and great pitching and then took four straight close games from the Baltimore Orioles to get into the World Series. And they’re still not favored to win by the Las Vegas Boys who have Kansas City even money while one must bet $11 to win $10 on San Francisco.
The Orange Community Christian Lions are having a well-deserved bye this week after winning three straight including last week’s 55-42 victory over Annapolis Christian Academy of Corpus Christi. The win upped the Lions’ record to 5-3 as they take two weeks to prepare for their home conference game against Covenant Christian of Conroe on Oct. 31.
Last week was a historical one for the National Football League as two records were broken—Peyton Manning throwing four touchdown passes for a career total of 510 to surpass the mark set by Brett Favre and Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray rushing for more than 100 yards in the first seven games of a season, a feat nobody else in NFL history has accomplished.
The Houston Texans’ defensive star J.J. Watt and former Chicago Bears’ player, coach and owner George Halas are the only players in NFL history to score touchdowns on a pass interception, fumble recovery and a pass reception in one season.
And speaking of the Houston Texans, they really had the odds stacked against them Monday night in their football game at Pittsburgh. The last time the Steelers lost a Monday Night Football game at home was back in 1991 when George H.W Bush was president.
JUST BETWEEN US…Dallas Cowboys fans have been waiting a long time for their heroes to become a legitimate championship team. Although it’s way too early to pronounce them as “Super Bowl Material,” they have a quarterback in Tony Romo who can make all the plays, the league’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, an offensive line that makes Murray’s yardage possible, great receivers in Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar, a defense that’s getting better with each victory and a head coach in Jason Garrett that’s taken a lot of flak over the years but has finally figured out that his owner doesn’t know beans about playing professional football.