Hawk Talk highlights: Percy Harvin edition
Highlights from the latest edition of “Hawk Talk” with Danny O’Neil:
Gantiz asked about reports that Harvin was a dividing force in the locker room.
O’Neil: I have yet to read one of those reports written by someone who I would consider close to the team, covering it on a daily basis. The further you are from the locker room and the team, the easier it is to come up with elaborate conspiracy theories and hypothetical implications. Harvin was not here long enough nor was he popular enough in that locker room to create a divide.
Beastmode asked who stands to benefit from all the leaked information about what Harvin was purportedly like behind the scenes.
O’Neil: Certainly the Seahawks do. By presenting the trade as being very necessary because of the internal conflicts, it lessens the pressure the Seahawks might feel because of the fact Harvin was a risk when they brought him in. You can call Harvin’s dysfunctional relationship with the team a lot of things. Expensive. Unfortunate. Disappointing. But you can’t call it unforeseeable. Dude had a long list of baggage.
Jeff asked whether Harvin was a “bully”.
O’Neil: I think he has real impulse control problems, and I think he couldn’t take criticism in a group context. I think that when challenged, he would withdraw. That’s amateur psychology, but I think the explanation fits with what we saw in the puzzling return from surgery last year, how he played in November and then not again, the fact that he was not present at team headquarters at all the week after suffering the concussion against New Orleans.
Beastmode asked why Harvin wasn’t used deep “like he wanted to be”.
O’Neil: I believe that is an overstatement in the characterization of the offensive line. As for Harvin, do you really think the issue is that he wasn’t used going deep enough? That this team – with an offensive coordinator who worked with Harvin in Minnesota – misused him? Come on. Of all the mistakes Seattle made with Harvin from the treatment of the hip injury last year to the decision to bring him in the first case, I don’t think the problem had to do with Seattle not giving Harvin exactly what he wanted.
Gantiz asked if Harvin “distrusted the team because he got hurt prior to joining the team”.
O’Neil: No. I think he distrusted the team because during OTAs – when his hip was first hurt – he was given a rehab course and told he would improve without surgery. This was the same track that Seattle followed with Kam Chancellor. With Harvin, however, he still had the pain in his hip when he came back for training camp. He then went and got a consult with his doctor in New York, underwent surgery there and followed that doctor’s rehab recommendation.