The Seattle Seahawks say they aren't worried about what wide receiver Percy Harvin is like off the field. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell worked closely with Harvin in Minnesota and had zero problems.
Bevell's bigger challenge: Maximizing Harvin's unique skill set.
"You start thinking about all the things you can do with a player like that," Bevell told Albert Breer of NFL.com. "And now the hard part is to harness that talent."
It seems like a long time ago that the Seahawks were so lackluster on offense with Tarvaris Jackson running the show. Now they have one of the best running games in the NFL with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin paired with a passing game led by Russell Wilson that will be extremely difficult for defenses to prepare for.
"That's our job, figuring out all these pieces," Bevell said. "Because even the prototypical guys have strengths and weakness, and we have to blend these guys together by using those skills and covering up those weaknesses. And Percy's gonna be a great part of it. We'll see how it blends. If you have one guy, the defense can overload to that side. And that's why it's important it's not just Percy. It's Golden (Tate), Sidney (Rice), Zach (Miller), Marshawn (Lynch) and Russell, too.
"They can pick their poison. It's gonna be a headache for defenses."
(Insert Harvin migraine joke here.)
Bevell is right. The Seahawks have a traditional vertical receiver in Rice. Miller is a complete tight end who exploded in the playoffs last season. Tate and Harvin are "movable chess pieces," to use a Greg Cosell-ism.
You can line up Harvin in so many different ways. Tate is not at Harvin's level, but he too can move around the formation.
Bevell is right: It will be challenging to harness all the talent. The only limits to the Seahawks' offense will be Bevell's creativity. He can't complain about a lack of talent.
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