Percy Harvin v. Christian Ponder: Subtle War of Words?
When Percy Harvin
was traded to Seattle in March, Yahoo! Sports reported that it was a culmination of things, but the straw that essentially broke the camel's back was Harvin's complaints about quarterback Christian Ponder
'not being good enough'. Never mind he was leading the NFC in catches with 62 when he was injured in week nine and put on IR.
Also, something something 10-6, four game win streak to end the season, 5-2 without Harvin
, playoffs something something. At the time, Ponder stayed above the fray, saying nothing but good things about Harvin and the situation:
Percy Harvin v. Christian Ponder: Subtle War of Words? - Daily Norseman
As a quarterback, it's a fine line to walk between leader and whiner, and a misstep can be fatal, for his team, his ability to lead the team, and their career in general. In this instance, Ponder navigated the minefield well.
I still Marvel that Percy felt that way about Ponder. What was his indicator that Ponder wasn't ever going to be good?
In the end, I still believe this gets back to Percy wanting to be the focal point of the offense and as long as he was, he was good. When AD started to become AD again was when we saw the house of cards crumble and it had nothing to do with Ponder's abilities.
Something of interest.....
Wilson not only pushed Robert Griffin III for Rookie of the Year this season, but also happens to have a lot in common with Harvin. Both are 24 and grew up in the eastern part of Virginia: Harvin from Virginia Beach and Wilson from Richmond.
In other words, they have known of each other for a long time and there's enough respect between the two that Harvin likely won't create more trouble. Wilson is probably one of the few people who can keep Harvin in line.
It might help, but there are alot of guys in Seattle that want the ball. My guess is Percy will be OK for a time but in the end, the Diva will come out and then it will be someone else getting the blame.