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Golden Tate on losing Harvin: We still have enough playmakers

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One of Percy Harvin’s fellow Seahawks receivers says losing him for most of the season to hip surgery is not a reason to lose hope.

Seattle receiver Golden Tate told Josina Anderson of ESPN that the Seahawks still have confidence in their offense, even without the player who was expected to provide a major infusion of speed and playmaking ability.

“As a professional football player injuries are part of the game,” Tate said. “So when a team signs a guy they know they’re taking a risk that could happen. Obviously we would be more dangerous with Percy, but with or without him I still feel like we have enough playmakers to succeed this year.”

Tate said coach Pete Carroll will have the team ready, no matter who’s sidelined.

“I think coach Carroll has done a great job of building up this team good enough that if one of the main guys goes down we still have a chance to compete,” Tate said. “That being said, we are going to miss him. He’s a huge playmaker and we had big plans for him in this offense, but we’re not going to be weeping without him.”

The good news for the Seahawks is that they’re expecting Harvin back late in the season. If Tate is right, the Seahawks will be in a playoff race when Harvin returns.

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  1. ther3alslimshady says: Jul 30, 2013 9:26 PM

    From previous reports it almost seems as though he’s not too popular and already has a reputation as to wanting to be bigger than the team. Same stuff different team. Glad the Vikes got rid of him.

  2. elliottcovert says: Jul 30, 2013 9:28 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks that Golden Tate’s name is really weird?

    I mean, I wouldn’t think either of his two names would be that weird individually. Tate is a fairly normal last name, and Golden is sort of unusual but nothing unheard of — the Cowboys used to have Golden Richards, right?

    But there’s just something really weird when you put the two together.

  3. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2013 9:29 PM

    I hope Percy fully recovers, albeit a week after he plays my team in mid-November. Can’t say I feel any worse about the trade today though.

  4. devildog911 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:30 PM

    And if they suck this season they’re going to use this excuse.

  5. ss3walkman says: Jul 30, 2013 9:31 PM

    Doug Baldwin time

  6. blackngold4life says: Jul 30, 2013 9:32 PM

    I’m sure Tate isn’t too upset over Harvin

  7. decon49 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:33 PM

    you don’t give up that much for a guy if you think your offense can get it done already

  8. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 30, 2013 9:33 PM

    The Seahawks will always have a chance as long as Gary Coleman is their QB.

  9. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 30, 2013 9:33 PM

    We got enough adderall for the next guy.

  10. nflpoker says: Jul 30, 2013 9:34 PM

    If it is not a problem not having him until towards the end of the season, why did they trade so much to get him and give him that big of a contract?

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    Lolz

  12. steelersandladyboysfan says: Jul 30, 2013 9:36 PM

    Yeah but will they have enough doughnuts?

  13. garyridgway says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    I think they still have all the players back that they had from last year. Still an 11 win team.

  14. jetsoptimist says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    What they have now(Harvin loss) is ok, Harvin would’ve made them dynamic and a scary team to play.Hawks still have a pretty talented team though!

  15. joey49er says: Jul 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    BLAAAA HAAAA HAAA cant bluff ur way to a superbowl!!!! lol ..if this I true then why get harvin?? pay all that money for NOTHING… give up draft pics for NOTHING…..good job pete the cheat!!!!

  16. monkeyhateclean says: Jul 30, 2013 9:40 PM

    no worries seattle; the PEDhawks will have percy on stuff they don’t even risk on lab rats. he’ll be back by week 6 only able to speak klingon and with 7 extra ears, but should be ready to help your club to a .500 finish

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 30, 2013 9:40 PM

    Baldwin is a lot better than Tate. It’s not saying much, but it’s true.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:41 PM

    The Seahawks will miss the replacement refs a lot more than they’ll miss Harvin.

  19. swaggyy says: Jul 30, 2013 9:41 PM

    Tate is right. Playmakers everywhere. See you in November Percy. You’ll be joining a first place team headed to the post season

  20. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:41 PM

    They still have the best secondary in the NFL and good pass rushers. And Russell Wilson. And Marshawn Lynch. And 12th man (HFA = Wins).

    Haters will hate but this is a good team.

  21. packerbackernj says: Jul 30, 2013 9:41 PM

    GoldenTaint scares no one.

  22. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:42 PM

    I don’t get the people that act like losing Harvin is gonna significantly hurt our season. I mean, it’s not as though we went 11-5 and nearly went to the conference title game last year WITHOUT Harvin.

    Plus, we added Winfield, Bennett, and Avril to help us in situations like at the end of the Falcons game.

    Add in the fact that Harvin could possibly come back at the year for the playoffs. Yeah, the sky is not falling at all, despite what some idiots might think.

  23. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 30, 2013 9:42 PM

    Seattle didn’t need Harvin to destroy San Francisco then and they won’t need him now.

  24. gdeli says: Jul 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    We’ll see. Hope so.

  25. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    Yeah and no PED’s or replacement refs.

  26. akboot says: Jul 30, 2013 9:43 PM

    Maybe you could get him some English classes on his time off.
    Good lord, where did this clown go to school.
    How in thee hell did this guy graduate?
    I wish someone would take these colleges to task.
    Yep I got my millions, but I still can’t count to 20.

  27. iamthefootballjerk says: Jul 30, 2013 9:45 PM

    Gonna see a lot of 8 and 9 men in the box for Lynch. You only have to single cover Golden Taint anyway.

  28. ketch20too says: Jul 30, 2013 9:45 PM

    decon49–they “got it done already” last year without him. Now they will be forced to go with the team that put up huge points the second half of the season. OH NO… panic time!

  29. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 30, 2013 9:48 PM

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. mtctd49ers says: Jul 30, 2013 9:49 PM

    Rational people know that it’s year 2 for Wilson as well. Both he and Kaepernick will be tested. Losing this guy is big , just like SF losing Crabtree. Before you Hawk fans anoint yourselves SB winners- realize this is a huge loss- Big win for Minny though

  31. ravensfan19 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:49 PM

    lmaooo Seadderall Cheathawk fans going use Harvin not being their as an excuse all season, remember though 49ers have no Crabtree either.

  32. msclemons67 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:50 PM

    It’s never cool to laugh at an injury.

    Not even if it happens to a Seahawk.

  33. ravensfan19 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:51 PM

    The Seattle bandwagon is decreasing by the minute.

  34. bnwpnw says: Jul 30, 2013 9:54 PM

    Can I trade my Harvin jersey for a Tate one? Please?

    Just kidding. I’d never buy a Harvin jersey. Too many defects.

  35. andygraham says: Jul 30, 2013 9:56 PM

    Easy for him to say. Previous evidence shows that Golden Tate doesn’t even have to catch the ball to score touchdowns. I’m sure the Seahawks will be just fine.

  36. jayhawk777 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:00 PM

    The Hawks had the #1 defense in the NFL last year and ADDED to it with Avril, Bennett and Winfield. Bobby Wagner is a stud LB going into his 2nd year. Ever hear of KJ Wright? If not you will.

    It’s still a pound the rock down your throat team with Lynch, Turbin and now CMike.

    Why so much overexposure on PHarvin?

    The Hawks are loaded with young talent. Half the squad is 25yo and under.

    The Hawk window is HUUUGGGGEEEE

  37. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:01 PM

    Tate is that with or with out replacement referees on your playmaker list. ?????? Sorry of a franchise that has done nothing since day one.!!!!! There’s no come back seagull fans because that is the truth.!!!!Your 0-1 in the SB game that’s below 500. LMAO AND LOL. !!!!!!

  38. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 30, 2013 10:05 PM

    LMAO!!!!!!!

  39. jonkchar says: Jul 30, 2013 10:09 PM

    I can’t see using this as any kind of excuse when we have the best young QB, the best D in the league, and the best RB trifecta. it ain’t no thang

  40. GenXJay says: Jul 30, 2013 10:12 PM

    who needs playmakers when you got replacement refs.
    (It was a catch)

  41. quickstrong says: Jul 30, 2013 10:14 PM

    This guy just seems to always have issues, migrains in MN and now this. May never be what everyone thought. But that is the risk in the nfl.

  42. geniusesq says: Jul 30, 2013 10:15 PM

    Seahawks still suck? #NotNews

  43. themagicman1223 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:15 PM

    @decon49 Come on man, our offense got it done last year, if RW is the real deal we’re going to be contenders either way. No doubt this is a huge blow to the Hawks, other players are going to have to step up. Rams are also pretty intriguing, could surprise this year. I’m scared for the Hawks, will be cheering for them all the way though.

  44. donnymacjack says: Jul 30, 2013 10:33 PM

    @ther3alslimshady – State a reference for this comment or retract it. Pretty obvious to me that you are not nearly as well informed as your comment seems to indicate. The guy’s been nothing but a good teammate all off season.

  45. kolbydoerge says: Jul 30, 2013 10:35 PM

    Hawks will only score 42 points a game now. We have the Defense to fill in for Harvin, they’re good for 6 a game! GO Hawks

  46. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 30, 2013 10:52 PM

    Just think. The Seahawks could have kept their first-round pick and taken Cordarrelle Patterson. Sure, he’s raw, but he’s going to make a lot of Harvin-like plays in his rookie season. He’s also bigger, younger, makes less money, and is less likely to throw a dumbbell at a coach. He’ll be a star in this league long after Harvin has suffered a career-ending injury or been released for conduct detrimental to the team. Oh, and they would still have their third-round pick next year, too.

  47. dannyreneau says: Jul 30, 2013 10:52 PM

    The Seahawks didn’t have him last year and was the most devastating team of the second half of the season. If they can continue to have that momentum and have Harvin come in with a fresh body towards the end….Well, i’m just glad i’m a Seahawks fan. This team is the team nobody wants to play.

  48. seals1 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 PM

    Yup Tate, nobody will see you coming this year. Nobody has spent any time watching that young QB of yours this offseason. I knew when your chopper fans started calling the super bowl shot 3 months ago you were finished.

  49. jonbeck316 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:56 PM

    Given Golden Tate’s NFL production, he should be forced to change his name to Bronze Tate.

  50. iceburgskin202 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:07 PM

    This may end up being a blessing in disguise it will make a few players step up and when he returns they should have play packages that no team will have seen.

  51. icebowler says: Jul 30, 2013 11:11 PM

    Tate’s definition of “playmaker”: Pass interfering fail marrying.

  52. r502 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:19 PM

    Decon49 is right on. They don’t do the deal for this guy if they believe they have enough offensively to get it done. Year 2 will be tough for Wilson, no one will be caught by surprise. Seattle skill positions are weak, Lynch will run out of gas like a shot fighter and Seattle fan will have have seen their best football as a daydream listening to the ridiculous homer sports radio in Seattle for the past 5 months.

  53. cameltoehoe says: Jul 30, 2013 11:32 PM

    What’chu talkin’ bout Willis?

  54. nflgm says: Jul 30, 2013 11:40 PM

    We still have enough playmakers. Yeah, but you’re not one of them.

  55. sc49ers says: Jul 30, 2013 11:42 PM

    Tate you got big mouth and nothing to back you up to bad harvin is gone you were banking on him to have a good year…49ERS WILL still win it all with or with out him….

  56. oreo51 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:43 PM

    Golden Tate just made bank. Without Harvin he is going to see a lot more targets and have a chance to become an elite player in the league this year.

  57. dennisatunity says: Jul 30, 2013 11:47 PM

    Well, this is a tough loss because Harvin played such a huge role last year when the Seahawks went 7-1 for the second half of the season. And Harvin scored a heck of a lot of points when we scored over 40 points for 3 games in a row for the first time for the NFL in a half century. And we couldn’t have beaten the 49ers last year 42-13 without Harvin’s contributions. Whatever are we going to do with him gone?

    Oh wait…

  58. thejuddstir says: Jul 31, 2013 12:00 AM

    Golden Tate is the only person in the State of Washington who is doing cartwheels right now. It’s commonly referred to as “job security”.

  59. mrlynch33 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:09 AM

    I think Golden Tate thinks he is just as good as Percy. Good for him. As a Niners fan, I like where he is coming from.

  60. Instadebit Sportsbooks Canada says: Jul 31, 2013 12:34 AM

    Tate definitely a fantasy consideration after this. And Seattle will need him to perform every game and stay healthy. Seahawks would have been a monster contender if Harvin played this entire season. Oh well. I’m sure the 49ers are happy.

  61. 64post says: Jul 31, 2013 1:16 AM

    Denial…

  62. osiris33 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:32 AM

    Let’s see, the Seahawks averaged 32.4 points per game over the last 10 weeks without Percy Harvin, and they’re improved everywhere on offense even without him. Somehow I don’t think they’ll need any excuses.

  63. allday2k says: Jul 31, 2013 1:39 AM

    I think what Tate meant was, “With or without Percy, I still feel like we have enough performance enhancers to succeed this year.”

  64. themackstrong says: Jul 31, 2013 1:43 AM

    ther3alslimshady says: Jul 30, 2013 9:26 PM

    From previous reports it almost seems as though he’s not too popular and already has a reputation as to wanting to be bigger than the team. Same stuff different team. Glad the Vikes got rid of him.

    ——————————————-

    Previous reports? i’m pretty sure I am on every team site from local news, to fan blog and haven’t read these reports you talk about. The guy was at OTAS clicking with all his teammates and going hard. He has been nothing but a professional since the trade to Seattle. Doug Baldwin & Tate can step up without question. They already put together one of the most prolific 4 game stretches in NFL history to close last season up. Get healthy Percy. You will be needed to be the difference maker in the playoffs. Go Hawks!

  65. richiesaurus310 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:50 AM

    This guy has had a long history of being injury prone, so not really a surprise. He’s worth the risk for the hawks imo tho. My Niners have lost Crabtree for most of this season also, so this can’t and won’t be an excuse.

  66. rukkus1 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:44 AM

    Lmao that gary coleman comment cracked me up.

    Go hawks

  67. majormeatcurtains says: Jul 31, 2013 4:26 AM

    Not even enough to be competitive fool. You miss the play offs. FLACCO? HA!

  68. majormeatcurtains says: Jul 31, 2013 4:27 AM

    It don’t strike twice. HA!

  69. thrstr says: Jul 31, 2013 6:26 AM

    hey have enough playmakers, but do they have enough adderall?

  70. bla bla bla says: Jul 31, 2013 7:23 AM

    Perhaps they should bring in a replacement doctor to make it all better.

  71. bk9876 says: Jul 31, 2013 7:30 AM

    Nice to see Golden carrying the company line. However, when the hawks don’t make the playoffs due to this injury and the suspensions early in the year then he will be WEEPING.

  72. kerryc21realty says: Jul 31, 2013 7:42 AM

    Seahawks gave up way to much for Harvin and paid him to much, especially considering his injury history. I think they hurt their team, makes me happy because I can’t stand the coach, Sherman, and the fans

  73. nyninerfan says: Jul 31, 2013 8:19 AM

    “I think coach Carroll has done a great job of building up this team with performance enhancing drugs good enough that if one of the main guys goes down we still have a chance to compete,”
    *fixed. You’re welcome.

  74. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 31, 2013 8:23 AM

    OK Vikings, what did you know and when did you know it?

  75. britishteeth says: Jul 31, 2013 8:29 AM

    Apparently “Playmakers” is the term Seattle uses for PED’s. Makes sense.

  76. dericivy says: Jul 31, 2013 8:32 AM

    Since it’s become quite obvious that most fans/media/bandwagoners didn’t watch any Seahawks games last year, I would like to point out a fun fact.

    Over the last 10 games of the 2012 Season, Seattle averaged 32.4 points a game, WITHOUT Harvin.

    Same players back this year on the offense.

    But nah, the sky must surely be falling. :p

  77. beastmode5150 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:18 AM

    Hawk haters are the worst at talking trash. Are all of you 12?

  78. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jul 31, 2013 9:47 AM

    The replacement refs won’t be around to help you into the playoffs this year. PEDhawks

  79. decon49 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:51 AM

    ketch20too says: Jul 30, 2013 9:45 PM

    decon49–they “got it done already” last year without him. Now they will be forced to go with the team that put up huge points the second half of the season. OH NO… panic time!

    like they got it done in atl? he was brought in cause they didn’t think their current group could get them to them superbowl. remember when the cards won all of those games and had a top D at the end of the 2011 season? we saw how that turned out the next year

  80. decon49 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:53 AM

    still bringing up 42-13? its sad that one regular season game is the benchmark for your teams success.

  81. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:59 AM

    The Seahawks should be good until the league realizes that Tom Cable can’t protect a QB. Once they learn how to keep Russell Wilson in the pocket(put a speedy guy on the D Line to spy the QB) and not allow him to break contain that Seahawks offense is done.

    Teams make the mistake of putting the spy on the 2nd level of the defense. With a QB like Russell Wilson the spy has to be on the D Line to take away passing lanes and hunt him down when he breaks contain.

  82. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Jul 31, 2013 10:00 AM

    Well, this is a tough loss because Harvin played such a huge role last year when the Seahawks went 7-1 for the second half of the season. And Harvin scored a heck of a lot of points when we scored over 40 points for 3 games in a row for the first time for the NFL in a half century. And we couldn’t have beaten the 49ers last year 42-13 without Harvin’s contributions. Whatever are we going to do with him gone?
    *******************************************
    Ahhh boys i hate to point this out but its really annoying that all the Seachickens fans point to LAST YEAR….LAST YEAR IS OVER>>GET OVER IT YOU DIDNT WIN THE SUPERBOWL!!!! your team has changed, your schedule it harder, last year is over, so quit pointing to that as your comfy lil banket as an indication of how your team will do THIS YEAR. read all the seachicken fans comments…blah blah last year this…blah blah last year that….new year, new team.

  83. jrazz22 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:43 AM

    dennisatunity
    Jul 30, 2013, 8:47 PM PDT
    Well, this is a tough loss because Harvin played such a huge role last year when the Seahawks went 7-1 for the second half of the season. And Harvin scored a heck of a lot of points when we scored over 40 points for 3 games in a row for the first time for the NFL in a half century. And we couldn’t have beaten the 49ers last year 42-13 without Harvin’s contributions. Whatever are we going to do with him gone?

    Oh wait…
    ——————————————————–
    Hawk fans are truly the most pathetic in all of sports. Still clutching to a home win as your highlight of last season? Did you forget how close you were to the NFC championship?

    With all your blubbering you would’ve thought that the Hawks at least would’ve won the division.

    Oh wait…

  84. sbchampsagain says: Jul 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    Golden Tate sure talks a lot for being a mediocre talent.

  85. jefahfah says: Jul 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    Why shouldn’t the Seahawks panic considering they gave up “so much” to get Harvin and gave him such a big contract? Because the Seahawks are going to have Harvin FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS, and they would much rather protect him by having the surgery than not. Why would they do this if they thought their offense could function without him? Because they saw the opportunity to add one of the most dynamic players in the NFL to an already great offense, potentially taking it from top 5-10 in the NFL to top 1-3 in the NFL. Why do people add NOS packages to already fast cars? To make them faster, to get that extra little bit out of them.

  86. tahoehawk2 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    Not worried! Another year with Wilson the current WR group will improve even more. Let’s not forget they go against a silly good secondary in practice everyday which helps make them better.

    FACT* Last 8 weeks plus 2 playoff games Hawks averaged 33 points per game (without Harvin).

    I agree, having Percy would have been an added bonus. Don’t think for a second the front office was desperate and made the move. The move was to be dynamic, instead Hawks will just have to swallow their pride and work on the 33 PPG with the same guys they had last year! GO HAWKS!

  87. tombradyswig says: Jul 31, 2013 12:02 PM

    oh yeah, weed is legal in Wash state now. I see what’s going on with Golden, watch out, he may “rob” another doughnut shop too!

  88. gammynomnom says: Jul 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    they seemed to do pretty good without him last year.Not the end of the world.

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