It was a frustrating day for everyone involved with the Vikings offense.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin let that frustration boil over in the second quarter after a trip into the red zone for the Vikings ended with a field goal instead of a touchdown. Harvin, who was critical of the play calling in the passing game, gave coach Leslie Frazier a heaping earful on the sideline after the drive and declined to elaborate on what might have been said when asked about it after the game.
“I just want to score points. It’s frustrating not scoring,” Harvin said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. “I’m not going to talk about what the coach and I discussed. We had a conversation in the heat of the moment, trying to get things right. That’s all it was.”
Frazier also downplayed things after the game, saying that it came from Harvin’s desire to win. Such moments usually aren’t a big deal, but the same can’t be said of leg injuries to your best wide receiver. Harvin added a left ankle injury to his already aching right hamstring during Sunday’s game and it definitely seemed to affect his ability to play at full speed even if he remained in the game after getting hurt. Harvin said he was fine after the game.
“We’ll do further evaluations on Monday. Right now, it is just sore,” Harvin said.
Given how little the Vikings have done through the air with Harvin in the lineup, the prospect of running the offense without him gives rise to thoughts about feelings beyond frustration. Desperation comes to mind.