So after months of buildup and excitement about the upcoming Seahawks season, the first real piece of news that comes out of this 2013 training camp is that Percy Harvin will require surgery on his hip, and be out for an extended period of time.
My first reaction was, “that’s a typical way to start a Seattle sports season.”
Fans in Seattle have experienced so much pain while following Seattle sports for decades, that it just seems par for the course that the number one acquisition for the Seahawks would be out without even practicing one time.
But the reality is that even if Percy is gone for the entire season, this team is still good enough to contend for a Super Bowl. They are not AS good, but they are still good enough.
The real issue is that the margin of error for the Seahawks just got slimmer.
Winning a Super Bowl is really difficult. San Francisco sits next to Seattle in the NFC West, and they are the defending champs. Even though Seattle hammered the 49ers in December, these two teams are virtually even.
Seattle didn’t NEED Percy Harvin to beat San Francisco, but he would have been a wild card to throw in to the mix. His ability to score from anywhere on the field, with either a run or a pass would have been really exciting. So much attention would have been paid to stopping Percy, that other lanes would have opened up for Marshawn, Golden, Sidney, and the rest of the Seahawks.
But while losing Percy sucks for Seahawks fans, the good news is that this is still the best team on paper that has ever started a season. The Hawks have all of training camp to figure out what the strength of this offense will be, and to plan accordingly.
And if Percy is back in December for a playoff push, what a game changer he could be.
And this team is good enough without Percy to get themselves in position to make a Superbowl run. It’s just going to be a little harder.
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