The media got its first opportunity to question Seahawks coach Pete Carroll regarding the out-of-the-blue decision to trade receiver Percy Harvin after Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Rams.
Carroll, whose organization said nothing about any issues with Harvin before he was traded, said nothing in his post-game press conference about the events and incidents that culminated in the Seahawks unloading Harvin onto the Jets.
“Everything that goes on, we’re keeping to ourselves,” Carroll said.
“It really was just a move we made for our team. We’re always trying to get better.”
In this case, they got better in the short term by getting rid of Harvin. They’ll get better otherwise in 2015 at the earliest with the sixth-round pick that was acquired from the Jets. (It’ll be a fourth-round pick if Harvin remains a Jet next year, which is unlikely.)
It’s clear it has nothing to do with Harvin’s abilities. “I don’t know if you ever replace a special player like that,” Carroll said.
But it was the baggage — baggage that dates back to Harvin’s days at Gainesville and continued through his years in Minnesota that prompted the Seahawks to conclude fairly quickly that it was time to move on.