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October 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Pete Carroll on Percy Harvin: “I couldn’t make it work”

On his weekly Monday radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked in more depth about Friday’s stunning trade of Percy Harvin and essentially acknowledged that the team knew it was taking a risk when it made the trade to get Harvin in March, 2013.

Carroll said he told general manager John Schneider that “I could get it done when we made this decision.”

“I compete at this thing and I couldn’t make it work for our team and our players,” Carroll said.

Carroll didn’t address any of the reported specific incidents but said that the organization felt the move was necessary “to keep us team-oriented and moving ahead.”

“It was about the team moving forward and about us and the group and how we do our work and how we carry ourselves,” Carroll said, adding “we could see what we needed to do. We just needed to get it done.”

Carroll said he talked to Harvin on Friday and “went through it just before we left. He acceptd it and I think he was looking forward to the next challenge already.”

Carroll also said he talked to every player on the team about the trade during the team’s flight to St. Louis.

“I went around the plane and talked to everybody on the plane and made sure everybody was okay,” he said. “And everybody was okay and understood.”

Carroll said he did not think the Harvin trade had any impact on Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Rams.

Carroll also had no specific injury updates, saying it was too early to know if the likes of Max Unger or Byron Maxwell might be back this week.

And asked  if the team might look at Michael Robinson as a replacement for Derrick Coleman, Carroll said the team is exploring all options at full back.

Carroll  will hold his regular Monday press conference today at 3 p.m.

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