Scoggins: Harvin is now Seahawks' issue

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 11:53 PM

A day into camp, the Seahawks already are tensing for the flashy, enigmatic roller coaster named Percy Harvin.

hide

Former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin

– Percy Harvin showed up at Seahawks training camp with a hip injury. Shocking, right?

It’s always something in Percy’s world.

As the Vikings kicked off training camp Friday with their first practice, news from the Pacific Northwest brought another reminder that the organization made the right decision in parting ways with Harvin, regardless of his immense talent and impact on the offense.

According to reports, Harvin has a hip injury that might require surgery and, if so, could end his first season in Seattle before it begins.

Harvin reportedly will seek a second opinion Tuesday in New York. Hopefully, Harvin receives a favorable diagnosis and can recover without surgery. Hopefully, he can continue to play with the same reckless and fearless style without any physical impediment.

I say hopefully because Harvin’s injury should not cause any gloating among Vikings employees and fans, not even privately. Anyone who takes delight in an athlete’s injury needs to reassess their priorities.

But Harvin’s injury does provide more evidence that life with Percy is rarely smooth sailing and that his off-field drama and injury concerns made his departure an unavoidable outcome, even if unloading a game-changing player in the prime of his career seems illogical and foolish.

Initially, I supported the notion that the Vikings had to do everything in their power to make the relationship work, or at least make it function to the degree that Harvin would not become a distraction or disruptive presence in the locker room.

Harvin is a unique talent and a nightmare for opposing defenses. He does things on the field that few in the NFL can match. And he’s a gamer who gives maximum effort on Sundays.

That’s why he became such a fan favorite here.

But the scale tipped too far the other direction last season, leaving General Manager Rick Spielman little choice but to trade his enigmatic receiver. Harvin became entirely too unpredictable to count on, whether it was his migraine history, his moodiness or concerns over his ability to avoid injuries based on his wrecking-ball style of play.

Plus, Harvin basically walked out on his coaches and teammates last season as they fought for a playoff berth. He also reportedly clashed with Leslie Frazier, who might be the most mild-mannered, player-friendly, even-handed coach in professional sports.

The NFL is littered with complicated personalities, but one must assume that Frazier and Spielman would not have cut ties with a player of Harvin’s ability and stature unless they felt that they had reached the point of no return.

Ultimately, the sense around the team was that Harvin simply didn’t want to be here anymore. He was in line for a massive contract extension and the team’s reluctance to commit to it was justified because the trust factor had deteriorated.

That Spielman received so much in return from Seattle made the trade more palatable. The Vikings parlayed Harvin into veteran receiver Greg Jennings, first-round cornerback Xavier Rhodes and a third-round pick next season.

Jennings is not Harvin in terms of elite talent, but the former Packer brings a proven track record of production. He also will be a valuable resource for rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, who is blessed with size and speed but needs to learn the intricacies of that position. And based on first impressions after one practice, Rhodes looks like a physical cornerback who isn’t afraid to challenge receivers at the line.

Let’s be clear, though: The Vikings will miss Harvin’s contributions on the field, and anyone who suggests otherwise is naïve. Yes, they made their playoff push last season without him, but he carried the offense until Adrian Peterson hit his stride. Harvin gave the Vikings confidence — and Christian Ponder a security blanket — because they knew he could make something of nothing any time he touched the ball.

But Frazier has worked hard to create a culture that emphasizes a team-first mentality while minimizing outside distractions. He describes it as a “buy-in” factor. The Vikings have long been a traveling circus of drama, but Frazier’s low-key approach can be successful, too.

  • related content

  • Former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was limited to shop talk with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on the first day of camp. Harvin is on the physically unable to perform list because of a hip injury.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago WSox - WP: S. Carroll 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister 2
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 11 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 6
NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene 3 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman 0
Arizona - WP: W. Miley 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong 0
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 10 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: V. Black 5
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Fields 3
Minnesota - WP: K. Correia 9 FINAL
Colorado - LP: T. Matzek 3
Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 10
Detroit 0 Top 2nd Inning
Kansas City 0
Washington 1 Bottom 1st Inning
Philadelphia 0
Pittsburgh 1 Bottom 1st Inning
Cincinnati 0
LA Angels 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Texas 0
San Diego - I. Kennedy 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - P. Maholm
Oakland - J. Chavez 9:10 PM
Seattle - H. Iwakuma
Colorado 0 1st Half 35:00
Philadelphia 0
Houston 1 1st Half 25:00
Toronto FC 0
Columbus 0 1st Half 26:00
Red Bull New York 1
Chicago 6:30 PM
New England
Sporting Kansas City 6:30 PM
Montreal
Chivas USA 9:00 PM
Vancouver FC
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 17 8:58
Toronto 6
Brt Columbia 8:30 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Toronto 7/18/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Hamilton 7/18/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Montreal 7/19/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Atlanta 30 2nd Qtr 8:48
Indiana 23
Washington 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close