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Updated: November 4th, 2012 8:10pm
Percy Harvin on heated sideline moment: 'It's frustrating not scoring'

Percy Harvin on heated sideline moment: 'It's frustrating not scoring'

by Tom Pelissero
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SEATTLE -- Percy Harvin didn't want to reveal details of what he was yelling at Leslie Frazier on the Minnesota Vikings' sideline on Sunday.

Harvin did admit the obvious: he's as frustrated as everyone else with the ineptitude of the Vikings' passing offense, which netted just 44 yards in a 30-20 loss to the Seahawks.

"I just want to score points," Harvin said. "It's frustrating not scoring. So, it was just a little frustration. Just was trying to get things right."

It was the second such incident in as many games involving Harvin, who was seen screaming in the direction of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave during the Oct. 25 loss to Tampa Bay.

This exchange came after Blair Walsh's 36-yard field goal gave the Vikings their final lead, at 17-14 with 5 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Adrian Peterson had consecutive runs of 24 and 15 yards to spark the drive, and Harvin followed those with a 15-yard run to the Seattle 14. After a first-down screen to Toby Gerhart gained 3 yards, though, quarterback Christian Ponder missed Harvin on a bubble screen and then took a sack on third-and-7 as the protection collapsed in the face of a Seahawks blitz.

Harvin waved his arms as he came to the sideline and spoke demonstratively to Frazier, then followed the coach up the sideline until Frazier removed his headset to calm Harvin down.

"I'm not going to talk about what me and Coach discussed," Harvin said. "It was a little conversation, just in the heat of the moment, trying to get things right. That's all it was."

Said Frazier, "Just like the rest of our team -- he wants to win. Frustrated. We all were at that moment, and he's a competitor. We're all frustrated and trying to come away with touchdowns instead of field goals."

It was a rough day all around for Harvin, who entered the game with a tender right hamstring that sent him to the sideline on several occasions.

Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant stripped Harvin and recovered the fumble to set up the Seahawks' first touchdown in the first quarter.

"Just fighting for extra yards," Harvin said. "Coming into this game, they was a big strip team. We knew that. Just trying to get extra yards and got a little sloppy with the ball. So, big ups to them."

In the third quarter, Harvin went to the ground in pain after a defender rolled up on his left ankle and received help from the team's medical staff as he left the field. He returned in the fourth quarter after getting the ankle taped, but he wasn't himself.

Harvin admitted the ankle gave out when Ponder's pass sailed past his head on third-and-5, and the same appeared to happen on a "go" ball late that Brandon Browner intercepted.

Asked if he pushed the ankle further than he should have to prove a point, Harvin said, "It wasn't to prove anything. I think you guys know, if I'm able to get out there and go, I'm going to try to go. Maybe I did (push too hard). Maybe I didn't. We'll see Monday."

Harvin's greater concern after the game was the Vikings' inability to throw the football. He entered the game with 60 receptions for 667 yards but finished with just two for 10 against the Seahawks, easily a season low.

Ponder was 11-of-22 passing for 63 yards and took four sacks for a net of 44 yards. The Vikings didn't have a gain of more than 14 yards through the air.

"We've got to be better," Harvin said. "Forty-four yards -- that won't cut it. So, we've just got to go back to the drawing board, see what's going on, see what we did wrong, try to correct them and come back versus Detroit."

Harvin briefly demanded a trade during the Vikings' minicamp in June after expressing unhappiness to reporters over issues he later said were related to players not knowing their roles.

On Sunday, Harvin said at one point the Vikings have "got to dial up better pass plays" but shook off a question about whether the route concepts in Musgrave's offense must be adjusted.

"I'm not a coach," Harvin said. "I'm just going to do what they ask me to do. I have no -- I don't even go into all that. Whatever they call us to do, we're just trying to do it at a high level."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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