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Percy Harvin returns from “personal matters” as Seahawks begin full preparations for Green Bay

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:25 pm with 35 Comments »
August 31, 2014 3:26 pm


Percy Harvin returned to Seahawks practice Sunday after the team gave him three days away to tend to "personal matters." (AP file photo)
Percy Harvin returned to Seahawks practice Sunday after the team gave him three days away to tend to “personal matters.” (AP file photo)

Cancel the civil-defense alarms. Bring back the search parties. Percy Harvin is back with the Seahawks.

I can hear your sighs of relief from here. They effectively erase the angst over Harvin being granted three days last week — including missing the exhibition finale last Thursday at Oakland — to deal with what coach Pete Carroll and the team said were “personal matters.”

I’m told those matters were indeed innocuous. That plus the fact he was zooming around the fields at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center again this morning during the team’s first practice of a regular-season game week indicate the star wide receiver will be fully ready for Thursday’s NFL opener at home against Green Bay.

“That type of explosiveness on the field is great to have. We are excited to have him back,” fellow wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said.

–We are still awaiting confirmation of the Seahawks’ practice squad. Eight players not on the regular-season roster were at practice today. I can tell you they are semi-familiar names to those of you who read this regularly. I’ll get you the names when I can release them.

–It had been awhile since I’d been on the weekly teleconference calls with opposing coaches; I’d forgotten how over-the-top guarded those coaches are on these calls, which for them usually sound about as enjoyable as eating nails.

But Packers coach Mike McCarthy did have a couple of usable tidbits. I asked him about what News Tribune intern Evan Thompson researched, that the Packers’ 11 linebackers and five defensive linemen currently on their roster are the most linebackers and fewest down lineman among NFL teams that primarily employ 3-4 defensive schemes.

McCarthy said his team went to that arrangement because of lessons learned the last few seasons, when Green Bay’s defense generally got shredded. In short, the coach said his defense is far faster this year than last.

I asked him the question remembering what some of you picked up on last week, talk out of Green Bay that the Packers might use an “elephant” package of two defensive linemen and five or even six linebackers as their base set for Thursday’s game. If they Packers do indeed do that, they want to be faster outside. And if they do, we may see Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell dial up more inside runs with Marshawn Lynch than he otherwise might, to get Seahawks’ offensive linemen mismatched on Green Bay’s additional, lighter linebackers with power-run blocking.

Sure, that’s all innuendo and guessing at that point. But that’s what makes the return of these game weeks fun, no?

–McCarthy was asked about his relationship with Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who was Green Bay’s director of football operations in 2009 when McCarthy was in his third year as the Packers’ coach; Schneider became Seattle’s GM affter that ’09 season. McCarthy said with a hint of humor of Schneider winning Super Bowl with the Seahawks: “I’m very happy for John — but that was last year.”

By the way, McCarthy sounds confident about his team heading into Thursday’s game. He said this coming out of the Packers’ final preseason game, which like the Seahawks’ was exactly one week before the opener in Seattle: “I don’t know if I’ve felt this good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight.”

–The quote above from Kearse on Harvin being back was the only one I could attribute directly to him while he and fellow wide receiver Doug Baldwin talked following practice. That’s because they did a sort of two-man stand-up act, with one speaking for the other to answer each question.

Judge for yourself:


Leave a comment Comments → 35
  1. And all is right in the world.

  2. CDHawkFan says:

    So, I assume that means 2 players not with the Hawks last week, possibly 1 that we don’t know about unless that kid from Indy got to town quickly and was part of the 8 today.

  3. That video is better than anything Hope and Crosby ever did.

  4. That’s really fun, carrying on the tradition of the Lynch/Robinson interviews.

  5. Ray_Maines says:

    I’d love to see GB use 5 or 6 linebackers. Too small to stop the run and too slow defend the pass. If there is anything Carpenter, Sweezy, and Brit should be able to do it would be run block against a linebacker.

  6. I know this has already been commented on here, but look at Whitner’s comment from last year. Let’s see if Harbaugh is true to his words and really “above reproach.”

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I was thinking the same thing Ray_Maines.

    This is where Sweezy & Carp will blast some huge holes for Beast.

    Can’t wait to see the Packers game plan plowed over.

  8. thelostboys says:

    I see linemen from other teams filling the last two spots.

  9. vichawkfan says:

    I’m ignorant on particulars with practice squad etc but Walters not being on it is a sign of what? He’s looking at signing elsewhere?

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Glad to see B.J. made it.

  11. GeorgaaHawk says:

    I like to think.
    I’m just not very good at it.

  12. Right on GA Hawk. Some of us thought somebody might pick up BJ. I’m glad nobody did. He could be our backup QB next season.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    In too am happy (and not surprised) they signed Daniels.

    Can we now stop with the Harvin is a diva talk? Here we go…

  14. thelostboys says:

    vichawk, the way I understand the Hawks (you should probably stop reading now) it says they feel they have enough competition of the type Walters adds. They kept Matthews, so they see a brighter upside or a different type of “specialness” that could/would bring an improvement to their group.

    They still have two open spots. I’m not sure if Walters is eligible. Others can answer that. They will fill those two spots soon. The fact they haven’t says something. They must be negotiating with somebody about something.

  15. thelostboys says:

    I was nearly 100% sure Santa Clara would take BJD. They may have tried and the Hawks offered a better deal.

  16. BigShermyWorm says:

    The Forty Whiners continuing to do things the right way. SMH

  17. montanamike2 says:

    I’m shocked but glad we got Daniels and Bronson back, i thought there would be no way we would see them back.

  18. Will McDonald be suspended this season if he is guilty or makes a plea deal for domestic violence? Would Goodell act that fast or will the slow wheels of justice have to turn first?

  19. montanamike2 says:

    I wonder how happy Whiners season ticket holders are right now.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    rbuzby i wondered the same thing. Goodell is feeling the Rice sting still.

  21. The PS list…..

    TE RaShaun Allen
    RB Demitrius Bronson
    QB B.J Daniels
    T Nate Isles
    WR Chris Matthews
    S Terrance Parks
    DT Jimmy Staten
    S Steven Terrell

  22. Singularitarian says:

    Plu – My comment last thread was sarcasm. I don’t start panicking just because a player needs a day off for personal reasons

  23. montanamike2 says:

    They must see something in Matthews.

  24. BigShermyWorm says:

    GeorgaaHawk, just go away man. Your act is lame.

  25. PLUHawkFan says:

    Wow I “LOVE LOVE LOVE” the video. Definitely got my laugh in for today… WTG guys. ;)

    Singularitarian: It’s seemed out of context for you *Grin….. but I wasn’t sure. Thanks for clarifying.

    I don’t think the Game will be a cakewalk by any stretch. No Doubt Greenbay is very very good. I just think were better.

    Seahawks 43 Packers 24.

    #It’s all about the Ball!


  26. Singularitarian says:

    I am getting super pumped for this season. I’m saying Seattle 38-23. my expectations going into last season were sky high. I’m not saying they will, but I wouldn’t be completely shocked if this team ran the table if they stay healthy(relatively). They are going to be much better offensively and I like Quinn’s playcalling with the lead (or anytime fore that matter).

    With the injuries and suspensions on every team in the NFC West I can see us as the only playoff team out of the division. I think we sweep the NFC east and I’m not scared of the AFC west (playing the Broncos in the Clink) I like Seattle @ Carolina because they own Cam and Carolina will not have the tools offensively to put up 10 points. I like Seattle New England in the Suberbowl.

  27. Singularitarian says:

    by the way how sweet is it to get a thursday night game, in Seattle, as the first game of the year. 10 days between with no short week travel? Awesome

  28. sluggo42 says:

    I’m hoping to see wheezy blast Mathews back to the future on a delayed blitz. Then at that point, I will accept that he has arrived.
    I’m also hoping to see anyone and everyone blast him up at every opportunity with legal limits of course…

  29. PLUHawkFan says:

    I agree about the 10 days. Make’s it nice. I’m not concerned over our schedule at all, Bye week coming later would have been nice, but it doesn’t bother me.

    BTW, someone mentioned something on a previous thread about Practice during the Bye week. To answer that question YES teams can and “usually do” practice during the Bye. I’d bet they get a couple of “extra days off” but they will definitely practice.

    When schedule 1st came out, i was a little concerned at how tough of a schedule it was. (Still going to be tough) but because of some unfortunate injuries to other teams, it doesn’t look quite as rough as it did initially.

    As Pete would say one game at a time, and play like each is the Championship game. But I’m liking our chances this year. I’m not going to predict it by any stretch, but I wouldn’t be flabbergasted if we went undefeated. Wouldn’t that be something???

    Normally I would say it “ain’t gonna happen” no matter who the team is. There’s just something about his years Hawks that has me SMH (positively). If you can apply the “IT FACTOR” to an entire team, the Seahawks have it.

    Any given Sunday, but boy I like our chances!

    #In PC/JS I Trust


  30. thelostboys says:

    There’s a mandatory 4 day break during the bye week.

    I may be crazy, but I think this years schedule is easier than last year.

    I don’t think for a second that the other West teams will take a step back. These are hard hitting deep teams that will take their toll on us. That’s my biggest concern, the bunching at the end.

    The niners do look to be having some problems that when added together spell potential trouble. We shall see. Harbaugh is a bit weird, but a great coach, and they have a deep roster. Kap and their receivers…hmmm.

    I also like that the run stuffing Cardinals are hurt in the heart of their run stuffing middle of the defense. It’s the right place for them to be hurt.

    We have a very tough first three weeks and our #1’s defense looked exploitable against the Raiders. Hopefully just some “issues” that can be cleaned up. It might have just been no scheming things with not all of the #1’s there. We’ll see on Thursday. GB is picked often by the talking heads to win it all. Their strength, by far, is their offense with the best QB in the game. I’d like to see us keep them under 17, and I’d like to see us score 24. I mostly want the trend of 3rd down conversions and 7 points in the red zone to continue.

  31. The new CBA states that every team must get 4 consecutive days off during a bye week, including the Saturday of their bye.

    Essentially, teams are pretty much forced to give players Wednesday-Saturday off or Thursday-Sunday off. Since nobody ever practices on Monday (that’s usually an off day to heal and get treatment for injuries sustained the previous day).

    Basically, teams don’t practice, or practice very little during the bye.

    Last year the Seahawks played on a Sunday and then didn’t practice again until the following Monday (but players had to be in town at a certain time on Sunday evening).

    It’s not the old days of the former CBA where some teams got the week off and some teams practiced a lot.

  32. thelostboys – lol (we were typing that at the same time about the 4 days). You beat me to it!

  33. thelostboys says:

    Bobby, you backed it up, so you have the official version. I liked it better.

  34. PLUHawkFan says:

    Thanks guys, i wasn’t aware of the 4day off rule. Gotta love this blog. :)



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