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.

In a perfect world, Harvin would have played his entire career in a Vikings uniform. He’s a special talent. But it was never that simple, which is why everyone needed a fresh start.

Hopefully, Harvin’s injury is nothing too serious, but that’s Seattle’s problem now.

 

Chip Scoggins ascoggins@startribune.com.





 

  • 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

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez 0
Minnesota 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 3 FINAL
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Hamilton 10/10/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Ottawa 10/11/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
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 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
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: How will the Vikings do Thursday in Green Bay?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close