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October 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

NFL Network quotes on Percy Harvin trade: Former Seahawk Robinson confirms Super Bowl fight

During an appearance on NFL GameDay First this morning on the NFL Network, former Seahawk Michael Robinson confirmed the reported fight the night before the Super Bowl between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate, as well as talked about lots of other issues related to that situation.

Here are those quotes, along with those from other NFL Network personalities on the Harvin situation, as relayed by the NFL Network:

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

“Yes…There was an altercation in the locker room between Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. It saddens me because I was a leader on that team and to know that this information got out — usually, [on] Pete Carroll-coached teams, this type of thing stays in-house. There was an issue. I physically broke it up; I was there. You would have to ask those guys what they were arguing about.” – Michael Robinson on whether there was an altercation between wide receivers Percy Harvin and Golden Tate the day before Super Bowl XLVIII

“Simply put, Pete Carroll, he’s competing. He preaches it every week, and I think having Percy Harvin on that team put offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in kind of a tricky situation. He’s not a pure wide receiver, he’s not a pure running back – he’s a guy that you have to gameplan to get the ball for. Adding Percy Harvin to that offense, it kind of went away from what the identity of this [team] is, which is playing great defense, running the football and having explosive plays down the field… I think this is a good move for the Seahawks and a good move for Percy Harvin, too.” – Michael Robinson on why the Seattle Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets

-“This team isn’t built to run the spread option, to run all [of] these bubble passes and things that Percy Harvin does well. This team is built to run the ball with [Marshawn Lynch] and when you run the ball with Beast Mode, everybody else gets opportunities down field. This is more of a competitive move than it is a personal move.” – Michael Robinson on why the Seahawks traded Harvin

“Percy Harvin can be different sometimes. He can be, but you have to understand the man. He’s a very private person in general anyway. When he first walked into the locker room, I’m not going to say he didn’t fit in, but he kind of was trying to find himself. This was a locker room where he didn’t know many people; guys like Sidney Rice, myself, Marshawn Lynch, Red Bryant — three or four of those guys aren’t on the team anymore and those were his close guys. And so I think he got uncomfortable, he sort of lost himself some. And he’s a guy that commands a lot of respect because he gives a lot of respect… He doesn’t mess around too much, so you kind of have to tread lightly when you deal with him. But he’s a great player, but you have to understand why he’s that way. He’s a very private person.” – Michael Robinson on Harvin’s character

“When Percy first got to the Seattle Seahawks, the day he walked into the locker room, the first day that I saw him, I sat Percy down and we talked. I told him, ‘Percy, you’re going to be a piece to the puzzle here; you don’t have to be the whole show, you don’t have to be the focal point of an offense.’ You have to understand, this guy has been the focal point of an offense since he was 5 years old. He has always had pressure on him. So I told him, ‘You’re just going to be a piece; you don’t have to be a show.’ …Michael Vick will be very influential to Percy Harvin.” – Michael Robinson on former Seattle Seahawk Percy Harvin transitioning to playing for the New York Jets

“I think they (the Seahawks) will be better, but in Percy Harvin’s defense, when he gets on the field with the Jets, I think they will be better too.” – Michael Robinson on how the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets will do after the Percy Harvin trade

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Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

“I don’t care how great of a talent you have on the football field; if you don’t have a locker room that is together and on one accord, that is the only way you can win championships. If you’ve got a problem, you’ve got to move it. Kudos to those guys for saying, ‘We can’t have this, we have to be on one accord.’” – Michael Irvin on the Percy Harvin trade

“Percy is a very private guy. He is a no-nonsense guy. He is a guy that you actually like on your team. He doesn’t play around much. He can be difficult at times to get along with, but I have never had a problem with Percy. As soon as he walked in the locker room, he fit in a little bit. But I think he started to see that he wasn’t going to be the main show on this offense and that is why the Seahawks let him go. I don’t know about the character issues about this particular season; when I was there, he was fine. He got along with a lot of people.” – Michael Robinson on Percy Harvin

“Cameras were all over the place. I don’t think anyone saw Golden [Tate] with an actual black eye. I got a chance to talk to the guys after the altercation and kind of smoothed it out. This happens in locker rooms all the time… The concerning part is that this actually got out. When you have highly competitive guys in a locker room, they all want the ball and they all want to affect the team in a positive way. Again, when we talk about a guy like Percy Harvin, he has been the focal point of an offense for his entire life since he was 5 years old. Coming to a team where you are not the focal point, it can get frustrating sometimes.” Michael Robinson on the Percy Harvin-Golden Tate altercation the day before Super Bowl XLVIII

“Being a quarterback that has played with a lot of big-time playmakers, I am never a guy who is going to say that a quarterback is better off without a big-time playmaker. But I think in this situation, Russell Wilson might be better off. When you have a game plan for a guy like Percy Harvin, you take opportunities away from Russell Wilson to do what he does because you have to create for Percy Harvin.” Kurt Warner on the Percy Harvin trade

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Brett Favre with NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci on NFL GameDay Morning

On the Percy Harvin trade:

“My first impression was I was shocked. I was with Percy for two years. He caught my first touchdown in Minnesota and he caught my last touchdown in Minnesota. I knew what he was capable of; I think Percy kind of knows what he is capable of. He is so versatile, he is so powerful, and he is so fast. Just an explosive player, as we all know; we have all seen him with Minnesota and with Seattle. How do you stop this guy? …I was surprised that trade happened. I have no idea why it happened. Percy was a good guy in the locker room, really quiet. He had a migraine issue. I don’t know where that is. I am really not in a position to make any comments because I don’t know anything other than what my dealings were with Percy and they were great. I thought he was an outstanding player.”

On how Percy Harvin will handle playing in New York:

“I think that Percy, for the most part, is a quiet guy. I don’t want to say introvert, but he keeps to himself a little bit. He is tough mentally and he is tough physically. They might try to pick him apart there. How he will react to that, I have no idea. Hopefully they will protect him a little bit as he transitions into the rest of this season and he can just play. That is going to be easier said than done. He can be a little bit combative, but I say that in a good way. Percy is about doing whatever he can to help the team win, and he is tough as nails, and really that is all he cares about. So if you start picking him apart, I don’t want to say he can turn against you, but he is tough. I really liked him as a player and as a person.”

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the Seattle Seahawks trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin:

“This is something that the Seattle Seahawks were open to for the last several weeks, calling around, calling to a lot of general managers and other team personnel people to see who was interested in Percy Harvin. Among the teams that Seattle contacted: the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts, the Broncos, the Bucs and of course the New York Jets who ended up dealing for Percy Harvin. It’s no secret Seattle has been in the market for a tight end because of injuries for the last several weeks. One of the names they discussed with the Cleveland Browns: Jordan Cameron. That trade did not materialize. I’m also told that Seattle was very upfront with the New York Jets about all of Percy Harvin’s issues, wanted to lay everything on the table just so there were no secrets. The Jets absolutely understood what they were getting, and of course this is a huge move, the biggest move for Jets general manager John Idzik. It certainly puts him in the spotlight, but as a Jets source told me, anything to help us get better, that’s something we’ll look into.”

On Percy Harvin:

“As we know now, Percy Harvin had at least two major altercations with teammates, including one with Golden Tate. The final straw was when Percy Harvin refused to go back into the game against the Dallas Cowboys. It was always a fear of Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell that [if] he didn’t get Percy Harvin involved immediately, or if Harvin wasn’t having success as he wasn’t against Orlando Scandrick who was shutting him down, they were nervous that he would simply shut down and that seems to be what happened here. Now you will see the Seattle Seahawks get back to their identity of their offense, and no more forcing it to Percy Harvin.”

On the Seahawks following the trade of Percy Harvin:

“We know that Pete Carroll fosters an ultra-competitive environment in the locker room. For Percy Harvin, it was simply too much. The Seahawks often had to placate Percy Harvin and make sure that he was involved and almost force-feed him the ball instead of doing what they do best. Now they open the door to two young receivers they absolutely love: Paul Richardson, who is like a mini Percy Harvin, and Kevin Norwood, one of their draft picks this year. They can be a little more normal now on offense without Percy Harvin.”

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