As if winning home field advantage was not enough to get Seahawks fans giddy now that the playoffs are finally here, coach Pete Carroll dropped some more news that got a lot of people excited: Percy Harvin will practice this week with the hope of playing in the postseason.
His announcement Monday was enough to get hearts racing in anticipation of Harvin becoming the magical elixir to fix the Seahawks' sputtering offense. Maybe he could, but don’t count on it. Carroll certainly isn't.
"If he can help his team, then that’s great," Carroll said, "and we’ve never ever said that this changes anything for us. He’s one of the terrific young players on the team and we’re hoping that he can do his part and fit in, and we won't change anything to do that. But it’ll be great for him. We’ll benefit from it too if it works out. We’ll find out. So we’ll see what happens.”
Harvin has played in just one game all season after the Hawks traded three draft picks to Minnesota for him and gave him a contract that has paid him $14.5 million this year. In his one appearance, Harvin showed the impact he can make, making a one-handed catch for a 17-yard gain on a third down and returning a kick 58 yards. Both plays contributed to touchdown drives.
Asked whether Harvin's presence would help the offense, Carroll said he is not going to force Harvin into a big role.
"We’re going to take this very smoothly," he said. "It’d be wrong to change things because of one individual player at this time. We’re not doing that. We wouldn’t do that. We’re just going to add him in and see where he fits in.
"But," Carroll admitted, "when you put the ball in his hands, things are going to happen now. He’s one for one on the kickoff returns as a Seahawk. He looked pretty good; he went about 50 yards in a heartbeat. If he gets a chance to play, and he can get through it and show that he’s ready and all that, then he may do something in the next game. He just may do something.”
Carroll denied this is some strategic ploy that has been planned all along for the playoffs.
"There is no game plan here; there is nothing behind this at all," he said. "We just have a young guy trying to get back on the team and seeing if he could help his team win, and we’ll see if it happens. There is no strategy to this or anything like that. We’re just pulling for him, and if he can contribute that’ll be great. … It might be pretty exciting if he does make it back.”