NFL.com’s Adam Schein continued his series today looking at each team’s Most Important Player and came up with an interesting selection for the Seahawks — receiver Percy Harvin.
This isn’t a list that doesn’t include quarterbacks — Schein mention the likes of Jay Cutler and Tony Romo as the most important for their teams — so he’s obviously concluding that Harvin is more important to Seattle than Russell Wilson, as well as the likes of Russell Okung, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch.
Here’s Schein’s reasoning for picking Harving:
In Minnesota, he infuriated many with his cantankerous personality, feuding with both players and staff. Plus, he couldn’t stay healthy. But Harvin is an amazing talent. If he can be a good guy and stay on the field, he’s the perfect speed receiver to team with Russell Wilson, spreading the field for Seattle. If teams have to respect the long ball, leaving fewer defenders in the box against Marshawn Lynch, look out.
All of that is valid in explaining Harvin’s potential value to the team. I’m not sure that explains why he would be more important than Wilson — whose loss due to injury would fans fear more, Harvin or Wilson?
But such lists are also designed to provoke discussion, and if nothing else it’s another sign of the potential impact that Harvin could make in 2013.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Also, I overlooked this earlier in the week. But here’s a link from Smart Football which has some suggestions on ways to improve the traditional football box score.
Some of the ideas mentioned are unique to college football (such as sack yards since the NFL does not include those in rushing totals). But others (yards after catch, etc.) could add to the knowledge of every level of the game.
The one issue I see is being able to quickly determine all of those things to include them in a box score that would be available immediately after the game unless stat crews added more people. Some football stats also always come with a little bit of subjectivity (tackles, and who gets an assist, for instance).
Some might also argue that such more advanced stats are better left for the web sites that specialize in those, and the fans who want to seek them out, rather than in the traditional box scores designed more for the general fan.
One thing we do plan to do on the blog this year is periodically highlight some of the more interesting advanced stats about the Seahawks, and delve into what it means about the team.
— ESPN.com’s Mike Sando looks at three burning issues for each NFC West team. No real surprise on those for the Seahawks, including the pass rush situation and James Carpenter’s health;
— Sando also provides an overview of the “elite” rankings of Pro Football Focus, that we referenced here yesterday in relation to Earl Thomas;
— And Sando also has his daily look around the NFC West;
— Fantasy Football Toolbox examines Harvin’s potential fantasy impact;
— HardcoreHusky asks if Seahawk mania will steal attention away from the Huskies this season;
— Wilson and Russell Investments have announced a charitable giving program for each of Wilson’s touchdown passes or runs this season;
— Interesting stuff here in one of Mike Holmgren’s regular visits with KJR-AM, including his thoughts on Russell Okung running with the bulls (not really a fan of it).