Originally posted by GNielsen:
Lisa, this whole Percy Harvin thing is going to blow up the Seahawks franchise and I don't mean that in a good way. It's a "win now" desperation move that I'm pretty sure was precipitated by your hard-charging, Microsoft-way billionaire owner. Percy Harvin is one jarring hit away from $27 million in dead money. He's the reason why the Seahawks are going to have a horrible time retaining their best players in the next few years. He's just not good enough to risk a franchise over and I just don't think Carroll would have done something like this without heavy pressure to win now by the owner. And, it's not going to be the first time Paul Allen has blown something up by demanding results faster than any reasonable expectation. That's his way. That's the Microsoft way.
You're not like most Seahawks fans, Lisa, so while the prospect of all this happening is pleasing to me because I find most Seahawks fans to be about the most annoying fans in the history of the NFL, I'm going to feel sorry for you and fans like you ( I know there must be more like you.)
aw, shucks, thanks GN
(and believe me, there are MANY more like me - they just aren't on message boards )
Something tells me that if your "dream disaster" happens, there's a back up plan.
Interesting that your perception is that Mr. Allen was behind the Harvin move. I can't confirm or deny that supposition - he is rarely out front but, I guess that doesn't mean he's not pulling strings behind the curtain. Darrell Bevell, however, was definitely consulted . . .
As the Seahawks' resident expert on Harvin, Bevell became a valuable resource as they considered the merits of making a blockbuster deal with the Vikings. And while news of the trade came down suddenly to those watching from the outside, there was nothing haphazard about the transaction on the inside. It was thought through. It was researched. It was agonized over.
"There were different times I was asked, by both Pete and (general manager) John (Schneider)," Bevell said. "My reply was the same: It's easy to see what he can do on the field, and off the field, I never had one issue with him. We had a good relationship, an open line of communication; we could always talk. There were no run-ins. Percy's just a very competitive guy who wants to win and wants you to show him how he can help you win.
I'm not one that's going make any wild proclamations about the team I follow and I'm certainly not one to "wish summer away" (it's precious up here in the great northwest) but, I really can't wait for September - to see if the promise of the awesome competition in the NFCW comes to fruition. As for Harvin specifically, it will be interesting to see how he responds to the change of scenery, new personnel and new (and old) coaches, etc.