Percy Harvin says he has no problem with Christian Ponder

AP

One of the reasons the Vikings traded Percy Harvin to Seattle was that they grew tired of him complaining about quarterback Christian Ponder. At least, that’s what several reports on the situation in Minnesota have said.

But Harvin says he doesn’t know where those reports came from.

“That was false,” Harvin told Jim Rome. “Me and Christian had a great time together. I respect him a whole heck of a lot. I never had a problem with him; I’ve never stated I had a problem with him. I’ve never seen a problem he’s had with me; he’s never said he’s had a problem with me. [We were] on the same page, it’s just a lot of articles that tried to pick up on things that weren’t there.”

It would be surprising if there was absolutely nothing behind “a lot of articles” about Harvin having a problem with Ponder. And it would be surprising if the Vikings would trade away a player as talented as Harvin if there weren’t locker-room problems. But Harvin is sticking to his story that he likes Ponder.

74 responses to “Percy Harvin says he has no problem with Christian Ponder

  1. well handled by Harvin. I’m not sure he could of handled that question any better.
    and thank god he will have a real qb this year.

    now for the translation from what he said, to what he meant….

    “of course I had issues. I’m not getting younger and I have goals. whose setting records with that guy throwing to him. seriously. who? jerry rice would have been pedestrian with this guy. that boys Tebow WITHOUT an arm. early on in OTAs, last year, we had some of the Minnie Special Olympics team in on a charity thing. two members of the girls gymnastics team threw a tighter ball with better timing. I mean come on. that guy doesn’t play fantasy football, but football should only be a fantasy to him.”

    can’t argue with anything he meant.

  2. Ponder proved he is better off without Percy and his and attitude anyways by winning the last 4 games of the regular season. I’m a big Percy fan. Gotta love watching playmakers of that caliber. But I would much rather have a classy veteran like Jennings to be around young players like Cordarrelle Patterson than have Percy’s toxic attitude messing up the locker room. Jennings played more games than Percy last year too.

  3. A bit of revisionist history going on here. My dad used to preach, “Let your actions speak so loud nobody hears a word that you are saying”

    The fact that Percy went to extreme measures to force his way out of Minnesota tells you all you need to know about his “true” opinion of Ponder. Percy relies on speed and what good does that do you when 90% of the passing plays are bubble screens, check downs and quick slants within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage? Ponder is a bust, the only people that didn’t realize that yet is the coaching staff and the suckers otherwise known as Viking fans.

  4. he was probably watching the game from home while he was injured when Ponder lobbed a screen to jarius wright that almost got him decapitated and said “I gotta get out of here.”

    Or maybe it was the screen pass that Ponder lobbed over Harvin’s head from 10 feet away and Harvin came back to the huddle shaking his head.

    Whatever the reason, I’m fairly certain he wasn’t too excited to work with ponder.

  5. I’m sure the contract he wanted and the bounty they got in return had NOTHING to do with trading him …

  6. Of course the media could never be wrong!!! Could it be he (1) knew the Vikes would be 2nd place material for as long as Rodgers was fling the ball for GB or (2) that Minny wasn’t interested in signing him long term, (3) maybe he wanted to play in a more wide open passing offense rather than a run heavy O.

    But the media has written and Harvin doesn’t like the QB, end of story.

  7. I like Harvin and respect him as a player. I also like the fact he tries to hide things from the media and keep them in house. But it’s pretty apparent he didn’t like Ponder as a QB. Just statements he has said about Wilson and how he says it would lead one to believe he didn’t respect Ponder as a QB. But that’s only how I took some of the comments.

  8. I wish him the best, and think he’s going to have 1 or 2 good seasons in SEA, but this is image damage control, nothing else. Oh well, both sides are better off anyway – he’ll be a distant memory when Wright emerges and CP84 starts to flash.

  9. I’m not sure what people expect him to say. There is no reason to rehash last year. Harvin is on a new team, has practiced hard, and seems to be set on having a good year. Look ahead….

  10. Even if he did hate Ponder what good would come out of admitting it? I think he did the right thing in not stirring up trouble! Pretty much all he is saying is look I am on a different team now and just want a fresh start! No need to talk trash about my past!

  11. harvin was probably tired of losing, even with AP you need a very good qb to win in this league. now the vikings look like they are starting to turn things around but until ponder starts throwing 25 td’s to 7 or 8 picks for the season. or something close to this there are going to struggle to win a superbowl.

  12. I really do still think Ponder can succeed. Watched him for four years at FSU, he showed improvement yearly but now is the time in the League.

  13. Has anyone ever noticed how much better Christian Ponder has played “without” Percy Harvin whining and complaining in his ear? Also all you non Viking fans who don’t watch Viking games don’t realize how many passes Christian Ponder has had dropped-it’s incredible-and that’s without the wide receiver help. Christian Ponder will be a force if receivers hang onto the ball…………if just half the time. Payton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady etc simply couldn’t do any better if they had the lack of receiver help Christian Ponder has had over the last two years………

  14. Percy, you’re no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings, so please keep your opinions to yourself. Enjoy having 10% of your team suspended for cheating!

  15. “It would be surprising if there was absolutely nothing behind “a lot of articles” about Harvin having a problem with Ponder. “
    I always believe unsupported stories and speculation especially if it’s on the internet.

  16. Funny how he just happens to not have anymore “migraines”. Biggest diva this side of TO.

  17. I believe him. I’ve said from the beginning this was a 100% strictly football move by Rick Spielman. Percy wanted to get paid, and if the Vikings forked out 12mil for him we still wouldn’t have a #1 WR. Percy Harvin is not good at running routes and poses no threat to a defense on 3rd and 8, which is what the Vikings need. However, he’s no doubt amazing with the ball in his hands. Which means you have develop designed plays for him (screens, reverses, handoffs, etc.). When you have #28, he needs to be touching the ball 50% of your offensive plays (Also designed plays). Defenses are two good in the NFL to run 75% of your offense through two guys with no second option on the play. Not to mention it doesn’t help develop a young QB when he doesn’t do anything 75% of the time. That’s why when Percy got hurt, Adrian started going off (3 200 yard games, etc.), and when Adrian was hurt, Percy was putting up massive numbers at the end of 2011 and while Adrian was recovering at the beginning of 2012. They cut into each other because both require designed, predictable, ball control type playcalls.

  18. I actually believe it. Media grabs words out of context and pieces them together to make a story. The media sucks. Instead of being what they’re supposed to be, a factual source of knowledge…they go for shock and don’t care whether it’s fact or fiction that they’re writing about.

  19. Funny. I believe him. He’s never seemed to have issues with other players….its always the coaches. He had issues with Brad Childress. He was caught on camera spewing vitriol at Les Frazier, and he choked some coach at Florida. He obviously has a problem with authority.

    The talent is there for the kid, if only he could realize that following orders shows strength of character, not weakness.

  20. It seemed like it was more of the coaches that he didn’t get along with. But to put it in perspective, Harvin is a great player. But he is with the Seahawks now. So this is so yesterdays news.

  21. Then why did you act like you were 2 years old the last two seasons. Great player,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cancer spreading great player.

  22. Funny how troubled players never seem to have problems when you ask them.

    Harvin is a good kick-returner and plays hard every play, but he’s not a plus in the locker room, and sooner or later that will show up in Seattle.

    Now that the Vikings have Jennings and Patterson to replace Harvin, I’m glad he’s gone. And the Vikings team is a whole lot stronger having gotten rid of a locker-room cancer.

  23. I’m undecided on Ponder, a few times I’ve seen him throw with velocity, very very few times. Seems reasonably accurate and played well in the last four games of 2012. So I snooped around and found these combine results of qb throwing velocities in miles per hour . . . . discuss.

    YEAR: 2011
    Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 59
    Ryan Mallett, Arkansas 58
    Patrick Devlin, Delaware 56
    Andy Dalton, TCU 56
    Cam Newton, Auburn 56
    Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin 55
    Nathan Enderle, Idaho 54
    Jake Locker, Washington 54
    TJ Yates, North Carolina 52
    Christian Ponder, Florida St 51
    Ricky Stanzi, Iowa 50
    Tyrod Taylor, Va Tech 50
    Greg McElroy, Alabama Did not throw
    Blaine Gabbert, Missouri Did not throw

  24. If Percy was a pain and was dissatisfied with Ponder, both he and the Vikings sure have done a great job of covering it up — which is the way that internal dissention stuff should be handled.

  25. People are so bored that they have to bring this crap up over and over. It’s the slow time of year. That said I think this is total crap! ponder couldn’t even complete a short pass to harvin and harvin made the mngt look bad and they knew it so they dump the whistleblower. I do not expect crap out of ponder. I think it may be another wasted year. And to have webb as the backup on such a good team? that is BAD mngt. let’s watch bball or hockey…get some variety in life.

  26. bearsoxass says:
    May 31, 2013 8:16 AM
    Pounder is an elite QB! lollllllllll

    ————-

    I would take Ponder over Cutler any day of the week. Obviously Rodgers is better (top 5 forsure) but Cutler is awful. Ponder finished strong and in the most vital game of his career, he had 3 TDs (with below average WRs) and clinched a playoff spot.
    Sounds clutch to me.

  27. vikescry1 says:
    May 31, 2013 8:57 AM
    harvin was probably tired of losing, even with AP….

    ———-

    The whole Vikings team was tired of losing.
    Odd how they won more games WITHOUT Harvin than they did with him. That says alot

  28. How many of you think Ponder is the qb of the future for the vikes?

    How many of you think that way because his name is Christian? LOL

    How many of you think the QB job is to hand off to the running back and then he says a prayer that the back gets 10 yds?

    How many of you think that cold weather had anything to do with Christian watching the last game?

    How many of you think that Christian is better than Tebow?

    If you answered yes to all questions, keep buying those season tickets, LOL

  29. You don’t see one quote of Percy Harvin saying anything negative of Ponder in the press or bad mouthing him. If he did it was in private to the team and the real problem is from there it was leaked to the press. Viking fans ignore the truth but Ponder was a terrible starting QB for the majority of the season and digressed from the year before. Love having Percy Harvin on this team and him and Wilson sound like they have clicked from the moment the trade took place.

  30. What do you expect him to say now? Anything negative against Ponder, and it’ll be seen as starting a feud.

    There is a reason Harvin isn’t in Minnesota anymore. My guess is that it may have had as much to do with Bill Musgrave’s offense (and sometimes offensive) play calling as with anyone else.

    One other observation: The same Viking fans posting here that are calling Ponder a failure and a bust are the same people who a year ago predicted the 2012 Vikings would win between 2 and 5 games.

  31. The problem with Percy is he came in the league and Brett Favre was his 1st QB….he doesn’t understand it takes time to develop a QB. He’ll have his problems with Wilson too, trust me.
    Ponder will be decent moving forward and for people to say he doesn’t have the arm strength, just don’t know what they are talking about. If he didn’t have at least average NFL arm strength he wouldn’t be in the NFL period.
    I love Harvin, he rocks it out on the field, but he is a headache and he won’t play a full season. His injury problems date back to his days in Florida…as well as his attitude…it dates back that far too.

  32. His arms are enormous. Look at that picture.

    I’m still mixed on the Vikings trading him away. He is a freak athlete, but it only showed once in a while. He had these flashes of brilliance with favre at qb. He also was much better with a deep threat. Rice and even moss freed him up. With rice, he had a briliant rookie year. Harvin even had phenomenal plays when moss was there briefly. Remember that game against the jets? Those back of the end zone catches were amazing. Against the Packers, the vikes would have won that game if not for harvins heel hitting the out of bounds line.

    When favre left, that brilliance was not there. Sure he would have flashes, especially with kick offs, but it was not consistent.

    It’s all about the quarterback. Favre was just that good. Good quarterbacks bring out the talents of a receiver. Good receivers make quarterbacks look good. Harvin didn’t really do that. Only moss did that. Moss could make anybody look good. If anything, ponder looked better without Harvin.

    Give Harvin a good qb, and Harvin will be great, and probably dominant. His success depends solely on Russell Wilson. From what i saw last year, harvins outlook looks dominant.

  33. Notice that Harvin did not say anything about Frazier. Frazier did not like his attitude, and Harvin knew he wasn’t going to get away with it when Frazier was the coach. On top of that, trading him while they could was the right move.

  34. Harvin was having an MVP season with Ponder, which allowed Harvin to get a monster contract with Seattle. Is that what Harvin hated about Ponder? Or, maybe Harvin just didn’t like Vikings management because AP was always going to be the offenses focal point and they told Harvin he wouldn’t get that monster contract in MN. I know this sounds crazy, but maybe it was all about the money.

  35. Obviously it’s too early to tell, but it’s quite possible that Seattle got the same deal in Harvin as they did with Sidney Rice, only with a worse attitude and team cancer.

  36. Vikings fans feel the same way you do, Percy. We are enduring one more year of Ponder before they try and get it right at QB again, just like we waited for Childress to get fired, for McCombs to sell the team, and on and on and on. Its frustrating to watch Mr. Samantha Steele miss receivers time and time again. He’s stinking up the field during OTA’s and we are already looking forward to next season with a rookie QB

  37. I have a problem with Christian Ponder. He is awful. Any Vikings fan who believes otherwise is a fool. Take away his last game against Green Bay and he had a disappointing season. Sadly, a 30 year old Jennings is not going to change anything.

  38. Vikings fans 4 months ago: Harvin is the best WR in the game, and he’ll be with the Vikings his whole career. Any team would be lucky to have him.

    Vikings fans today: thank God he’s not on our team. I hated that guy, and now he’s Seattles problem and will never be good.

  39. whatjusthapped says: May 31, 2013 7:21 AM

    A bit of revisionist history going on here. My dad used to preach, “Let your actions speak so loud nobody hears a word that you are saying”
    —————————————–

    If only you had listened to him……

    Seriously, you didn’t walk into that one, you jumped in with both feet. I’m going to assume you set that one up on purpose, because if you didn’t……

  40. Harvin will get upset in Seattle once defenses learn all they have to do to stop Wilson from passing is raise their arms so he can not see.

  41. jaketdogg says:May 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    Vikings fans feel the same way you do, Percy. We are enduring one more year of Ponder before they try and get it right at QB again, just like we waited for Childress to get fired, for McCombs to sell the team, and on and on and on. Its frustrating to watch Mr. Samantha Steele miss receivers time and time again. He’s stinking up the field during OTA’s and we are already looking forward to next season with a rookie QB
    ———

    Green Bay is right across the border, about 300+ miles to the east, if you hate the Vikings so much.

  42. Look at the Ponder apologists jumping on the Viking fans who don’t buy the Winter Park company line on the noodle armed Ponder.

    You can’t be a Viking fan and have any independent critical thinking. It’s just not allowed.

  43. The cutthroat nature of the NFL today has made fans impatient for success I think. Of course Ponder isn’t an elite QB and so far has shown only flashes of the potential to become one, but it also seems a bit short-sighted to write him off completely after only two seasons. It’s not like they had a lot of better options at QB this season, so why not give him another year to grow? His completion percentage and QBR both increased over his first two seasons while his number of INTs decreased in his 2nd season. The kid isn’t setting the world on fire with his numbers, but there is clearly a progression there. How much more might he progress this season if given the chance, especially given that there isn’t a better option readily available for this season?

    I’m a Vikings fan and I’m still pretty much neutral on Ponder. He hasn’t done enough to really impress anyone yet (with the exception of the GB playoff game), but he also isn’t as terrible as a lot of you blowhards are making him out to be. I say give him one more season to show what he’s got and if he doesn’t progress enough, the Vikings will have a lot more viable and exciting options to replace him with via either the draft or free agency in the next off-season should they choose to do so.

  44. I’d look for another big mouth in the locker room. Someone who had an axe to grind. Someone jealous of Harvin, or Ponder. Or it might’ve been a writer, who had dreams of living off of a Harvin-Ponder feud.

  45. All I know is he sat out the whole week before the NFC Championship because of a dispute with Childress then went out and laid an egg including a fumble. He played hard though and that’s all you can ask. I liked him and Rice and it stinks they are both gone but that happens when you don’t want to pay out the big $.

  46. whatjusthapped says: May 31, 2013 7:21 AM

    A bit of revisionist history going on here. My dad used to preach, “Let your actions speak so loud nobody hears a word that you are saying”

    The fact that Percy went to extreme measures to force his way out of Minnesota tells you all you need to know about his “true” opinion of Ponder. Percy relies on speed and what good does that do you when 90% of the passing plays are bubble screens, check downs and quick slants within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage? Ponder is a bust, the only people that didn’t realize that yet is the coaching staff and the suckers otherwise known as Viking fans.

    duece5 says:

    Let’s talk about FACTS:

    Ponder won the last 4 games, WITHOUT HARVIN, while beating your packers, to get us into the playoffs.

    I guess this “bust” means beating you guys makes Rodgas a double bust?

    Know your facts cheesebrain…….we ultimately got a number 1 receiver in Jennings ( because you guys didn’t want him back), and a first round pick to get another WR in Cordarrelle Patterson……considering everything that went down, we made out well.

    Your infatuation about the Ponder “bust” doesn’t hold water. In Ponder’s FIRST FULL year, he lead our team to the playoffs. Your guy, Rodgas, did NOT make the playoffs in his first full year of starting in 2008. HMMMMMMMM!!!!

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