Seattle Seahawks made the shock decision to trade Percy Harvin to the New York Jets last Friday in a move that took the whole of the NFL by surprise.
Harvin has had a lot of criticism fired his way in the aftermath of the trade, with reports accusing the playmaker of assaulting former teammate Golden Tate before Super Bowl XLVIII in February. Many notable players and coaches have had their say on the situation, but none of them have provided a more brutal assessment than what Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said on Thursday.
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No holding back
Bevell was interviewed about Seattle's decision to essentially let Harvin go to the Jets, and the offensive coordinator didn't hold back on his views.
"I was disappointed, you know. I was disappointed," Bevell explained, according to NFL.com. "I did have a history with him, and I thought it would be a different outcome. But I guess that's just the way it went. It's just disappointing."
Harvin has plenty of talent
Percy Harvin showed his capabilities to the NFL back in 2011 when as a 23-year-old he set alight the league as the ultimate playmaker with 967 yards receiving and 345 yards rushing on the season for the Minnesota Vikings.
Eventually he was traded to the Seahawks, and despite significant injuries he starred in Seattle's Super Bowl 43-8 triumph over Denver Broncos in February.
But this season has been a different story as the Seahawks struggled to get the best out of Harvin. In week one he combined for 100 yards from scrimmage, but that was a false dawn for Harvin.
Harvin's comments get rebuffed
Since then he gained just 112 yards combined in four games, something which factored in Seattle's decision to let him go. Harvin came out earlier this week and suggested that the Seahawks inability to give him the chance to dominate as a deep threat severely affected his play, but those comments were played down by offensive coach Bovell, who said that Harvin never aired his concerns with him before he left.
"I had many conversations with him about it, just about his role and the things that we would ask him to do. He never articulated that to me. I mean, he caught a deep ball in the Washington game but unfortunately it got called back," Bevell added.
"But the thing was we wanted to make sure he was going to be involved in the game and get the touches. You know, you can just double-team somebody and just take him out of the game (with deeper balls). He never did. But we've moved on past that. It's left in the past."