Doug Baldwin Admits Percy Harvin Trade Affected Seattle In Week 7 Loss

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 | 0

Percy Harvin

After trading star wideout Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in a surprising move Friday, the defending champion Seattle Seahawks were shocked by NFC West rival St. Louis yesterday (Sun., October 20, 2014) by a score of 28-26.

The loss, which sent Seattle to a not-so-stellar record of 3-3 on the season, opened up a ton of questions about the Seahawks’ chances to make a repeat run to the Super Bowl.

Despite the jaw-dropping numbers of quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle just didn’t appear to be themselves on Sunday, and a lot of that could be attributed to the effects of trading Harvin.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who reportedly had a physical confrontation with Harvin in the preseason, admitted to ESPN that the head-scratching trade definitely had a big effect on their Week 7 performance:

“Obviously the shock of the transaction and what took place there made for a bit of an emotional roller coaster. When something that drastic happens, right before we get on the bus, there is going to be an emotional impact. I felt we handled it to the best of our ability, but I think it might have been a factor in some way.

There’s obviously a lot of things that went on this week that affected the team in numerous ways. As a competitor, you don’t want to admit those things. But as a human, it is human nature. It took us a little while to get on track. I’m just proud we responded the way we did and fought until the very end.”

Baldwin is an emotional competitor who was recently seen arguing with Wilson on the sidelines during their tough Week 6 loss to Dallas. He admitted that he did have a physical confrontation with Harvin, but noted that things like that will happen when players are around each other everyday:

“It is true. However, when you deal with somebody 12-to-14 hours a day, you are going to have issues and conflict, just like any family.”

And while the Seahawks’ offense picked up the pace in the second half and outscored the Rams 20-7, that wasn’t much of a consolation prize to Baldwin:

“I don’t really believe in moral victories, but we got back to who we were as an offense. We have a lot of things to clean up, but there are a lot of positives we can take out of this game.

Offensively we got back to what we do. It’s completely different than last week. I felt we didn’t have any growth. This game we could feel the growth in our offense.”

They may have made some second half strides on offense, yet it’s clear that the Seahawks are a shadow of the dominant team that steamrolled their way to a Super Bowl in 2013. With the Harvin trade now in the rearview mirror, can Seattle return to elite form this year?

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