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Obviously the Seattle Seahawks can win without Percy Harvin, but can they be a championship team without him if he misses anytime with a hip injury?
Certainly the most significant news that came out on the opening day of Seahawks camp was a report by Ian Rapport of the NFL Network that the key offseason acquisition (Harvin) will seek a second opinion on a slight tear of his labarum in his hip. This report was later confirmed by Pete Carroll.
Shortly after that announcement, many in the Pacific Northwest threw their hands up in the air and probably uttered a few hundred expletives.
This was exactly the type of news no one wanted to hear and it's the news that most people feared when they would talk about what could possibly hold Seattle back from winning a world championship this year.
There was a reason Seattle gave up so much to acquire Harvin. Despite people having short memories, many said last year once the season concluded that the team needed to get more dynamic in the passing game, specifically at the wide receiver position. Those same people are now saying and asking how vital is Harvin to this team that came one game away from playing for the Super Bowl.
Harvin is arguably the most potent and explosive offensive weapon in the NFL. We in Seattle have never seen this type of talent before on a football filed.
So, I'm not going to sit here and say, "alright, next guy up!" This is an enormous deal and , yes, I do think if they lose Harvin for any significant period this greatly hinders them from winning a championship.
In this ultra competitive NFC, to me, gaining home filed advantage is paramount for this team or any team in this conference. Yes, there are plenty of examples of teams that get to the Super Bowl without home filed advantage, but please don't underscore the sizable advantage that this brings.
I'm mean think about it, what's the wiggle room that you have this season in terms of losses? Three?
By all accounts the team to have home field advantage will need to likely go 13-3 .
Can the Seahawks avoid more than three losses if Harvin misses significant time?