The more I think about it, the more I read about it, the more I let go of my Seattle “poor me” baggage, the harder my dick gets at the thought of Percy Harvin in a Seahawks uniform.
Which is odd, because for every amazing new tidbit of exciting information I receive, there’s also another that should give me even more pause. Like how Percy Harvin is a Diva Head Case. Like how he might have faked migraines because he was disgruntled in Minnesota. Like how you never promise crazy a baby (i.e. don’t reward someone’s insanity with one of the biggest wide receiver contracts in recorded history).
But, you know what? Fuck it. I’m putting on the big ol’ floppy Homer Hat and I’m swatting criticism of this trade away like a pimp in a bitch-slapping competition.
No more worrying about injuries! No more concerning myself with what it has taken to bring him here (a first & seventh rounder this year, and a third rounder next year … yeesh)! No more fretting over what it’s going to cost to keep him here (upwards of $12 million per year)! No mulling over what this is going to do to what was once a cap situation the envy of all of pro football! I’m just going to sit back, and soak in all the potential goodness.
Like how this trade might give the Seahawks the very best offense in football. Yeah, I said it! Did you see how this offense performed down the stretch last season? That happened because Russell Wilson improved exponentially. Now, we’re injecting that same offense – where everyone came together and gelled so spectacularly – with one of the biggest talents in the NFL.
Now, you’ll notice I didn’t say one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, though I would argue he’s easily in the Top 20. But, when you factor in how he’s a multi-threat, that puts him in a very small, very elite league of his own. Already, you can argue he’s one of the best slot receivers in the game. Already, you can argue he’s one of the best kick returners in the league. Now, recall he has experience coming out of the backfield. Also recall he has experience in the zone read with Tim Tebow back in college. And, for shits and giggles, I’m not going to limit him to just short and intermediate routes; right now, he’s probably the fastest receiver on the Seahawks. So, you’ll be damn sure that this team is going to stretch the field with him and see if he can’t get behind some safeties.
Let’s just count the ways Percy Harvin can take over a football game:
- Deep Threat
- Zone Read Option back
- Natural running back
- End-Around runner
- Screen pass catcher
- Slot receiver
- Kick returner
- Punt returner
Am I missing anything? Because, that’s pretty fucking insane, right?
Someone likened him to Darren Sproles earlier today. Remember how Darren Sproles was an absolute game-changer for the New Orleans Saints, once he was paired with Drew Brees? And that’s a straight up running back who primarily runs the ball and catches screen & swing passes, with a few other short routes mixed in. Harvin can stretch the field! You don’t need a tall receiver a la Randy Moss in his prime to stretch the field. Pure speed and pass-catching ability will do. Harvin has that. Maybe he won’t win the most jump balls in the world, but there are other ways to score touchdowns. Wes Welker doesn’t have much problem scoring in the red zone.
This time last year, one of our biggest concerns was the wide receiver corps. Sidney Rice couldn’t stay healthy. Golden Tate hadn’t shown much of anything in his first two seasons. Doug Baldwin was a nice story as a rookie, but could he keep up his production? And where was the Zach Miller we thought we were getting when we signed him to that huge contract as a free agent?
Well, Tate took a big step forward, Rice stayed healthy (for the most part), Baldwin kept up his end of the bargain even though he spent most of the year battling nagging injuries, and Miller came up HUGE in the playoffs. Now, throw Harvin into that mix. Worst case scenario: you’re improving the overall receiver depth on this team tenfold. Instead of Jermaine Kearse or Charly Martin, or Insert Over-The-Hill Veteran’s Name Here (Braylon Edwards, T.O., Mike Williams, Brandon Stokley), this team can go into 2013 with a legitimately high-tier receiving corps. I’m not going to say we’re the best 1 through 4 in the NFL (my big ol’ floppy Homer Hat only goes so far), but we’re certainly in the top half in the league. Maybe top 10. MAYBE, if everyone reaches their potential, top 5. I don’t know; it’s too early to start focusing on the rest of the league right now.
Before I drop this (for the time being), I’m taking a quick looksee at our 2013 schedule. The dates & times haven’t been set, but we know the teams and we know WHERE we will be playing them. It’s the AFC South, the NFC South, the NFC West (obviously), and Minnesota and the Giants. Without a doubt, the Seahawks are going 8-0 again at home (toughest non-49ers matchup at home is New Orleans, which is a team we can probably score 50 on). As for the road, the toughest non-49ers games are the Falcons, the Texans, and the Giants (with honorable mention going to the Colts). Still, the only tough non-49ers defense we play all year will likely be Houston’s.
In other words, there is no saying this team CAN’T average 30 points per game. 13-3 is a reasonable expectation. 14-2 isn’t off the table. Hell, feel free to dream a little dream about 15-1, because THERE’S NO STOPPING THE BLUE WAVE!