Pete Carroll made a familiar announcement today.
Percy Harvin won’t be playing for the Seahawks this Sunday.
Talk about a frustrating year.
Fans who spent a summer dreaming about the deal have just two games to reflect on so far.
Actually, it’s more like two halves.
It’s a blow for the Seahawks ahead of the NFC Championship game. No doubt about it.
Yet Harvin playing wasn’t necessarily going to be a defining factor. It sure would’ve helped, but it’s hardly the end of the world.
They got this far without Percy, after all.
The passing game has stalled recently against some good defenses. Feeding the ball to Harvin and letting him go to work would’ve taken some of the pressure of Russell Wilson.
While San Francisco can call on three top-tier targets for their quarterback (Crabtree, Boldin and Davis), the Seahawks have to hope Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and the two tight ends can be a little more productive than recently.
All have made plays this year. But they’ve also had quiet days too. Against the Cardinals this group struggled to do anything — despite coming up against a weakened Arizona secondary.
They have to be ready. And when Wilson takes his shots, they need to make it count.
It’s times like this that a healthy Sidney Rice would’ve come in handy. He might’ve lacked big time production with the Seahawks — but he can make key plays and has a little more size/speed than the remaining healthy receivers.
Still, there’s no point wondering what could’ve been.
Missing Rice and Harvin hasn’t stopped this team reaching a 14-3 record.
The passing game just has to find other ways to make enough plays to win this weekend.
Just as they’ve done time and time again this season, without Harvin.