Russell Wilson on Percy Harvin: ‘Lord have mercy, we got Percy’ (video)
Fresh off the Seattle Seahawks’ thorough beat down of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, quarterback Russell Wilson dropped a line that probably will be repeated over and over by some member of the Seahawks or another throughout the season.
When asked by Michele Tafoya following Seattle’s 36-16 blowout of Green Bay about the impact a healthy Percy Harvin has on Seattle’s offense, Wilson eloquently stated, “Ah, man, Lord have mercy, we got Percy, that’s what I always say.”
For the Seahawks and their fans, truer words have never been spoken. And Wilson was no slouch, either, as Seattle seemed to move the ball at will throughout the game, going 19-28 for for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
But Harvin was the star of the Seattle show, a beast every time he touched the ball, however the Seahawks chose to use him. The all-purpose offensive weapon carried the ball four times for 41 yards, caught seven passes for 59 yards and returned three kickoffs for 60 yards. All told, Harvin had 14 touches in the game for an all-purpose total of 160 yards.
Not too shabby.
Throughout his career, both with the Seahawks and his stint with the Minnesota Vikings, Harvin had issues with injuries. His violent playing style, what with the way he attacks defenders, bouncing off them like a hyper-kinetic, padded pinball, opens up the dynamic player to getting hurt. But no one should expect Harvin to change the way he plays the game anytime soon.
And now being healthy, Harvin appears ready to roll.
“This is what everybody envisioned, to finally get everybody on the field healthy all at once,” Harvin said. “Everything is finally clicking now. We are just finding different ways to get all our playmakers the ball.”
The versatility of Harvin’s game only opens up the offense for other playmakers. Marshawn Lynch played the role of major benefactor on Thursday night, rushing 20 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
“Percy makes everybody else around him better,” said Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, as quoted in an ESPN.com report. “When Percy runs [across the backfield] and Marshawn cuts, they don’t know who’s getting the ball. It’s happening so quick, and I know it’s very hard on defenses.”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll praised Harvin following the game, saying, “He’s just such an explosive athlete.”
Carroll also had some ominous words of warning for opposing defenses regarding what it will be like if Harvin remains healthy and is running on all cylinders, something that should send shivers down the spines of defensive coordinators working for teams on Seattle’s schedule this season.
“We had a ton of different ways to show how we’re fitting him into our offense. It’s what we’ve been hoping for. There’s a bunch of other stuff that we’ll do. We’re just getting started.”
Lord have mercy, indeed.
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