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October 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

NFL Network reaction to Percy Harvin trade

Here is some reaction and analysis of the Percy Harvin trade from the NFL Network:

NFL Network Analyst Charley Casserly on Around the NFL

On his first reaction to the Percy Harvin trade:

“Surprise. But let’s look at a couple of things. First of all, Seattle – what’s everyone talking about in Seattle this week? We have to get back to what we were, which is a physical running team. When you analyze Harvin’s playing time, he only played 26 plays last week, only played 39 against Washington. He did not have a big role in that offense so they’re downsizing to a degree what they want to do with him there…This guy was a problem coming out of college; a lot of people took him off their draft board. Minnesota got rid of him. Pete Carroll has a way he wants to do things there; it’s hard-nosed, it’s hustle, it’s effort. I think we can read into some things there. Let’s move on, we can use this money to sign other players. From the other hand, the guy does have some skills; returning, slot receiver, can make some big plays…However, the last two games [the Jets] have played their guts out. Rex has done a phenomenal coaching job. You have a young quarterback who certainly played well last night as an improvement. I think what this does is this takes you off the back page in one sense. I don’t think this is a solution to your problem. You start with character and chemistry when you’re losing to get better. I don’t know this guy helps your locker room in New York.”

On if the Seahawks are admitting they are making a mistake by trading Percy Harvin:

“Sure they’re admitting they made a mistake but you know what, that’s good. Don’t keep perpetuating the mistake if you’ve made a mistake. This is what I think Pete Carroll learned probably after his first two stops in the NFL and then going to USC and then coming back. What has he done? Competition, competition, competition. They set a world record when they came there him and John Schneider for roster turnover. So either you get onboard or you’re gone and it’s a lot easier to do that coming off a Super Bowl but I give Pete Carroll credit, he was doing it before they won the Super Bowl. So yes they made a mistake – good for them. Move on. This guy is a limited player now. He’s a slot guy, you have to gimmick him in the backfield. It’s a lot of money to put into a guy who’s going to be in a role-type situation. They found that out, good for them. They admitted they made a mistake. Move on.”

On if Percy Harvin can make the Jets a better team next week:

“No question he makes them better on paper. Can he in a week assimilate what they want to do in the game plan and give him some plays? If he can do that, then absolutely; we’ve seen it in Seattle. But you’re going to have to game plan those plays for him. So are they better? Yes. What will Harvin’s attitude be like with a 1-6 football team and now he’s going to be center of attraction? You know as well as I do, this is the back page tomorrow. They won the Saturday back page.”

On how Percy Harvin fits with the Jets:

“On the positive – and I’m not in favor of this because I wouldn’t have drafted this guy coming out of college in the first place because of his issues – there is a jolt. There is a little bit of excitement, there is a little ray of hope if I’m with the Jets. We know this guy can make plays so all of a sudden we’re not crying in our beer about last night’s game – we’re fired up about the next week. We have a playmaker…Hopefully you can get him in a package next week where he can give you some third down shots and then build from there. The whole key is this kid’s attitude. What’s he going to be like? Is he going to accept this or is he going to be crying about playing with a last place team? I’m a fan of Rex Ryan. He’s coach of the year to me last year and he ought to be coach of the week this week for the job he did last night and against the Denver Broncos. We all agree he doesn’t have enough players right now but he’s getting them to play.”


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