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How Effective wil Marvin Harrison Be?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by maestro876, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. maestro876

    maestro876 BoltTalker

    Sep 5, 2007
    It's fair to expect that Marvin Harrison will finally see some playing time this weekend. According to the articles, he wanted to play against the Titans in Week 17, but the trainers wouldn't allow him. With this in mind, what sort of performance can we expect from him?

    Harrison is a veteran receiver, been in the league for over ten years, so it's questionable just how "rusty" he will be. Chargers fans are hoping that missing all this playing time will throw off his timing with Manning and make him less than completely effective.

    Colts fans believe Harrison and Manning are so good, that they will be able to step back into synch without any problems, and tear up the field on Sunday.

    The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Harrison is a veteran, and knows how to play the game. By the same token, however, it's impossible to miss so much playing time and not need an adjustment period. It's why we slowly worked Castillo back into the starting lineup, instead of waiting along time and then suddenly expecting him to play 100%.

    Add to this the emergence of Wayne and Gonzalez, and Harrison might find himself seeing very few balls tossed his way. Judging from the articles and the sentiment here, Jammer and co. seemed to have done a very good job covering Harrison and keeping him from making any big plays.

    Lastly, various sportswriters seem to be of the opinion that Harrison has lost his deep threat ability. I don't follow the Colts closely enough to know if that's true, but if so, it will even further limit him, as Manning already has Clark and Gonzalez for the short routes.

    I think that Harrison will have some impact, but not the game-changing one Colts fans seem to think.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    He'll be good to go. He'll draw lots of attention and Wayne will have a big day. Depends on the rust factor, but I don't think he'll have much. He's a vet, and he's been waiting for the playoffs to go when he probably could have gone 2 or 3 weeks ago.
  3. Buck Blincoe

    Buck Blincoe BoltTalker

    Sep 15, 2007
    I think it's fair to say Marvin Harrison won't be nearly the threat he would have been had he stayed healthy.

    That said, if he plays, count on getting burned at least once. He will be a bit rusty, and he hasn't competed for most of the season, but there is lots of playoff experience and some great skills on his side. Couple that with Manning's ability to get the ball into Harrison's hands on the long throw, and you have a legitimate threat that can't be discounted. If nothing more he will need to be covered even if Dungy uses him as a decoy.

    The Colts are dangerous in the playoffs.
  4. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Yep. Harrison isn't coming off of a Ricky type interlude. He's been watching film, watching practice and working out. He's got a lot of experience with Manning. The question won't necessarily be Harrison. The Colts will have been resting for two weeks and some of their starters for three. It might they regret not gearing up to play that last game of the season. We have a kick start from a playoff victory and they have been passively waiting for their time to come and we are coming with our playing edge and attitude in tact.
  5. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Harrison has never done much in the playoffs.

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