Why Geno Smith stays frontrunner in Seahawks’ QB competitors

By Eric D. Williams
FOX Sports activities NFC West Author

Simply do not screw it up. 

That seems to be the mindset of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll as he selects a successor for Russell Wilson, probably the most completed quarterback in franchise historical past. Wilson, in fact, now plies his commerce for the Broncos after the blockbuster offseason deal that despatched him to Denver.

Because it stands now, Seattle incumbent Geno Smith stays the frontrunner in a quarterback competitors with Drew Lock. That is largely by default, nonetheless, as Lock was unable to start out the preseason sport on Thursday towards the Chicago Bears. On Tuesday, after working a whole observe with the starters for the primary time this coaching camp, Lock examined constructive for COVID-19 and should keep dwelling for the subsequent few days.

“It’s disappointing he didn’t get a chance to play tonight,” Carroll stated after the 27-11 loss to Chicago. “We had a different plan tonight, and we weren’t able to execute it. We couldn’t do anything about it. I’m still curious to see how he plays with us.” 

Carroll went to say that Lock remains to be “really sick” and that he is hopeful the QB will likely be cleared and wholesome sufficient to play in Seattle’s remaining preseason sport subsequent week in Dallas.

This week Smith bought his second preseason begin, and it wasn’t fairly, partially as a consequence of penalties and a few drops. Total, Seattle’s offense with the West Virginia product underneath middle was largely ineffective. The Bears staked a 17-0 lead at halftime and received handily.

Smith performed the whole first half, ending 10-of-18 for 112 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith didn’t play within the second half after bruising his proper knee, however Carroll stated he ought to be advantageous. Smith has but to throw a landing move by means of two preseason video games. 

“Obviously, there’s a ton of room for improvement, and a lot of things we have to improve on very fast,” Smith advised reporters after the sport.

Each quarterbacks had their moments in Seattle’s first preseason sport towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith completed 10-of-15 for 101 yards and led a pleasant scoring drive throughout a 2-minute drill on the finish of the primary half, operating in from two yards out for the rating.

Lock completed 11-of-15 for 102 yards and two landing passes within the second half. Nevertheless, he did not account for stress on the sting throughout the remaining drive, getting sacked and fumbling. The turnover led to the successful rating for the Steelers in a 32-25 Seahawks loss.

The sport highlighted the weaknesses of each gamers: Smith’s limitations in creating large performs, and Lock’s proclivity to show the ball over. Of these points, Carroll seems keen to commerce an absence of explosive performs for ball safety, which is among the causes Smith stays QB1.

“I don’t even have to say that,” Carroll advised reporters when requested which quarterback leads the competitors this week. “Geno is still our No. 1 guy. He’s holding onto his spot at this point.”

FOX Sports activities draft analyst Rob Rang, who follows the Seahawks intently, says that Smith has earned the chance to be the quarterback to start out the season. However issues may change all year long, relying on how the Hawks carry out within the win column. 

“I think that Geno Smith wins the job, but I still believe that Drew Lock is the more talented quarterback,” Rang stated. “The critical error that led to the sack [in Pittburgh] — losing the ball and losing the game — that’s the kind of stuff that we’ve seen with Drew Lock in Denver. 

“However on the similar time, the accuracy is only a night time and day distinction. Drew Lock is the extra gifted passer. However No. 1 for Pete Carroll is defending the staff. Turnovers harm the staff.”

The Seahawks are three weeks away from the season opener, when they host Wilson’s Broncos in his return to Lumen Field. While it would be nice to get some extra juice from Lock starting against his former team, right now the Seahawks do not even know if he’ll be healthy enough to practice next week.

The beginning of training camp is all about building toward the start of the regular season and getting your frontline players ready to play. So, it’s instructive to consider that according to reports, Smith has taken nearly all the reps during practice with the starters. 

After moving on from Wilson, this year has always been about 2023 for the Seahawks, when they have two first-round picks and an opportunity to select the next franchise quarterback from a group that includes Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. 

For Carroll, Smith has been in this system for three years and understands Seattle’s blueprint for success: Run the football, don’t turn the ball over, play good defense and make the crucial plays at the end of the game.

“With Geno, what you are going to get, so it is simpler to sport plan,” Rang said. “It is simpler to anticipate what the rating goes to be, so you possibly can higher put together your self for what your opponent may do. 

“Geno Smith and his experience can be a little bit of a security blanket for Pete Carroll.” 

Even when it did not seem like it on Thursday.

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, protecting the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Observe him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.


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