Not to suddenly get all NFL on you (we are a college blog after all, though you might be wondering right about now) but after the Percy Harvin trade was announced earlier today, I was ecstatic with joy as a Hawks fan. I have been in this crazy NFL football mode ever since, trying to piece together scenarios and different possibilities in my mind for what the Hawks will do next. I’m just a humble sports writer, so when something excites me about any one of my teams, I might just write about it! But I promise we’ll get back to the Cougs as soon as I settle down… I PROMISE!
Let’s cut to the chase, again, though. It’s not too often that you get a name as revered as HARVIN in a Seattle uniform. That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of bonifide stars on the team right now, but generally they have been drafted or traded on the cheap to Seattle and then have risen because Pete Carroll and John Schneider have this incredible eye for “best kept secrets”.
Harvin, on the other hand, is no secret. He doesn’t have Lebron stature, but is as well known in these parts as “Seattle Slew” or Bo Jackson (you know them right[?]), which is to say that there is little direct connection to the city but each has this “special” entrenchment in the Seattle fan base. The Seahawks doesn’t usually go there, except to snag Sydney Rice and Marshawn Lynch, but even they were something of a question mark coming in. This time, there is no question, which is terrific for fans like me, but maybe not so terrific if you are a role player at the position a guy like that is filling. And so I wondered, how are the Seahawks receivers going to react? After all, the whole issue in this offseason is how do you get more explosive at wideout for #DangerRussWilson? The insinuation needs no explanation… right? Somebody has to go.
Well not yet, at least is that the case for Seattle and I hope it doesn’t become the case because I love all of our receivers. Even Jermaine Kearse (though he is a Husky I’ve always liked what he brings to the table), Charly Martin and Phil Bates are guys that I am really high on as young receivers. As well, Ben Obomanu has been a favorite of mine but seems to be the ‘next best cut’ in a scenario like this to save cap space. Therefore, it’s likely, no probable, no most definite that one or more of them just met the beginning of the end in Seattle. Practice squad is a definite possibility if nobody picks them up though, as Harvin and Rice have had recent injury issues and depth is important here, as we’ve recently seen.
It’s obvious that Harvin will get his, and for one reason or another nearly every receiver on the team (including Tate, Baldwin and Rice) has been said to be replaceable by various Seattle followers, which is why I was wondering about our more entrenched receivers as well, how they would react.
Well I think we have an answer and it’s not particularly unexpected given the Pete Carroll montage “Always Compete”. Twitter was blowing up all over SEA-land but here are some responses to the deal by the wideouts currently snagging those Russell Wilson passes:
To answer all of y’all. It doesn’t change anything for me. In this business you have to compete for a job everyday. Doing that regardless. — Dbfresh (@DougBaldwinJr) March 11, 2013
… Taking care of me is doing what I am doing. Grinding to get better every day. So to answer your question, no, I’m happy he’s a teammate! — Dbfresh (@DougBaldwinJr) March 11, 2013
Last year people said we had one of the worst WR cores. Less than a year later people are eating there words. We have weapons everywhere! — Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) March 11, 2013
Let’s be real, the Seahawks receivers already knew somebody was coming in. It just had to happen to make the offense better. While the caliber is a bit of a shocker, the move certainly wasn’t. And so the Hawks will do what they have always done in the Pete Carroll regime, get better. There are a bunch of selfless guys on this team and they all have one goal in mind; Super Bowl. Most of the Hawks just got a little closer to that goal in Seattle and Harvin will be welcome for it.