When the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin in March, 2013, one reason for optimism that it would be a good fit is that Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had also been the OC at Minnesota for Harvin’s first two years in the NFL.
So Bevell acknowledged Wednesday he was particularly disappointed that the Seahawks couldn’t make it work with Harvin in Seattle.
“I was disappointed, you know?,” Bevell said in his first meeting with the media since the trade of Harvin last Friday. “I was disappointed. I did have a history with him and I thought it would be a different outcome, you know? But I guess it’s just the way it went. I think we have a phenomenal atmosphere here. It’s led by coach (Pete) Carroll. I think he gives the guys great freedom to be who they want to be and I think he kind of sets a tone for the whole program. It’s an upbeat program, obviously. We are very positive here. So it’s just disappointing.’’
The one specific complaint about his Seattle days Harvin has lodged since departing is that he was not called on more go go downfield.
Bevell said, though, that if that was an issue, Harvin never expressed it to him.
“I had many conversations with him about it, just about his role and the things that we would ask him to do, and he never articulated that to me,” Bevell said. “But he caught a deep ball in the Washington game, unfortunately it got called back. But the thing was, we wanted to make sure he was going to be involved in the game and get the touches, you know that you can just double-team somebody and take them out of the game. He never did (mention that to Bevell). But we have moved on past that and it’s left in the past.”
Bevell said that Seattle’s offensive philosophy now “doesn’t change” with Harvin gone. “Really we still have an identity. We still have core beliefs on things that we want to do. The job that I have is always using the personnel that I have to the best of my abilities and we were able to move some guys around and kind of do those things.”
Of plays that seemed to be put in specifically for Harvin, such as fly sweeps, Bevell said “I don’t think all those things just die. We have other guys that have similar capabilities to do that. You saw us throw a couple of bubble screens that last game, as well. So those plays don’t just go away. They were still effective. We have guys that are more than capable of doing it.”