Darrell Bevell has a unique perspective on Percy Harvin. He's been the wide receiver's offensive coordinator here with the Seahawks for the last two seasons and in Minnesota for Harvin's first two NFL seasons with the Vikings, 2009-10.
"I was disappointed, you know. I was disappointed. I did have a history with him, and I thought it would be a different outcome. But I guess that's just the way it went.
"I think we have a phenomenal atmosphere here. It's led by Coach Carroll. I think he gives the guys great freedom to be who they want to be. I think he sets the tone for the whole program. It's an upbeat program. Obviously we are very positive here.
"It's just disappointing."
Harvin was catching the ball, on average, just 1.1 yards past the line of scrimmage as Bevell called bubble screens and hitch routes for him to, as Bevell reiterated again today, keep teams from double-teaming him downfield. Upon Harvin's arrival with the New York Jets this week he said he wasn't happy that Bevell and the Seahawks didn't throw to him more down the field.
"I had many conversations with him about it, just about his role and the things that we would ask him to do. He never articulated that to me," Bevell said. "I mean, he caught a deep ball in the Washington game (40 yards for what would have been a touchdown but for a personal foul on guard James Carpenter that negated the catch); unfortunately it got called back. But the thing was we wanted to make sure he was going to be involved in the game and get the touches. You know, you can just double team somebody and just take him out of the game (with deeper balls).
"He never did. But we've moved on past that. It's left in the past."
Asked if there was a difficulty integrating Harvin's skill set into what the Seahawks wanted to accomplish on offense, Bevell said flatly: "No."
--The Seahawks just released the following injury report:
Wagner is still in a cast for his turf-toe injury, so he's as out as a did-not-participate player can be for Sunday's game at Carolina.
Maxwell still has a chance to play, coach Pete Carroll said today.
Carroll made it sound earlier today as if Hill is a longshot to play against the Panthers.
Unger ran some this morning and the Seahawks are holding out hope he can play for the first time in three games against the Panthers.
Lynch got his usual Wednesday rest, and Chancellor continues to work through the ankle bone spurs that are going to limit him during practice weeks all season. They are also limiting him in games, and this week's against Carolina includes Chancellor drawing coverage assignments against a tight end, Greg Olsen, who already has 41 receptions and is on pace for 90 or more this season.
Turbin said before practice he was extra banged up this week after playing fullback on an emergency, last-minute basis after Coleman broke his foot in pregame warmups Sunday in St. Louis.
After practice, Bevell and offensive-line coach Tom Cable echoed what Carroll said before practice, that Turbin was a stud for filling in as well as he did for Coleman while playing the fullback position for the first time since he began playing football as a tyke.