Anyone want to talk kick returning?
Well, let’s turn to a topic that may unify the blog: Percy Harvin returing kicks would be beneficial for the Seahawks.
Our Dave Boling wrote about the Harvin situation for today’s paper. From Boling:
As the computer gnomes decipher the playoff scenarios with three games remaining, a critical element of the odds for the Seahawks relies on an unknown variable.
Percy Harvin’s hip.
The receiver/returner has played in only one game (Minnesota) this season after Aug. 1 hip surgery, and his impact was obvious and immediate.
But after that game, Harvin has gone back into the sort of mysterious rehabilitation-limbo mode that has been the norm this season.
We’ll have a status update as early as Wednesday. And if he can work his way back on the field, even in limited capacity, it could further tip the field for the Seahawks down the stretch.
Yes, Seattle has been sensational in his absence, with only Denver matching the Seahawks’ win total. So, they might win the whole thing whether Harvin makes it back or not.
But remember his brief appearance against Minnesota, when he pulled in a finger-tip 17-yard reception on a crucial third down, and also ran back a kickoff 58 yards. How much difference would a timely third-down catch and a big kick return have made in the game at San Francisco? Huge. Possibly enough to swing the game in favor of the Seahawks, instead of it resulting in a 19-17 loss that prolongs Seattle’s questions on playoff positioning.
As Boling mentioned, the Seahawks are hoping Harvin is back at practice Wednesday. That was also the hope prior, but didn’t happen. Once again, he will not be pushed considering how well the Seahawks are playing and the long-term investment they have in Harvin.
One quick news note: San Francisco signed offensive lineman Ryan Seymour off the Seahawks practice squad.
“We got home late Sunday and my agent called at 6 a.m.,” Seymour told the Sacramento Bee. “I made the same flight 24 hours later.”
There’s also a report that the Seahawks have signed linebacker Mike Taylor from Wisconsin to the practice squad. Pete Carroll mentioned Monday that they would have to “get someone off the street” to fill out the depth at linebacker with the injury to K.J. Wright.
> Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman met with Tacoma kids Tuesday. Coleman, who is hard of hearing, met with deaf and hard-of-hearing kids in the library at Baker Middle School in Tacoma.
> 710 ESPN looks at rookie tight end Luke Willson. It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks have enough faith him in to part ways with Zach Miller and open up some cap space in the offseason. Miller is a $7 million cap hit next year. One thing to note with his contract is it’s inverted. His cost goes down annually. His costliest year is this season. He’s a free agent in 2016.
> At Seahawks.com, the focus is on the playoff picture.
> Some more on Willson at Seahawks.com.
> Here’s a look at this weekend’s scenarios that would allow the Seahawks to claim homefield in the playoffs.
> From the Giants.com blog, 10 things to know about the game.
> This isn’t specific to the Seahawks, but says the Mariners have a big challenge ahead of them bringing back fans in a town dominated by Seahawks and Sounders interest.
> Greg Bedard with his breakdown of decisive moments in Week 14.