Geno Smith leads the sad Seahawks quarterback contest

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While the Seattle Seahawks seek to replace Russell Wilson after selling the Super Bowl quarterback to the Denver Broncos, backup and former Jets QB Geno Smith is the leader in the clubhouse to take over as a starter, offensive coordinator Shane Waldron said at 93 .3 KJR Radio Thursday.

The other option would be Drew Lock, who came from Denver in the Wilson trade.

“Right now Geno has done such a good job on the broadcast [from 2021]. He had a head start on Drew by then,” Waldron said.

“We still have a long time. We’re just in t-shirts and shorts at the moment and going against the air. We still have a long way to go to see where this competition goes.”

This, of course, is the same Geno Smith who was drafted by the Jets as a starter but lost his starting job after teammate IK Enemkpali punched him in the face and broke his jaw over a dispute over $600 plane tickets. He’s been the backup at Seattle since 2019 and signed a new contract this offseason.

Geno Smith with the Seahawks in 2021
Geno Smith with the Seahawks in 2021
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Smith started in three games for the Seahawks in 2021, with Russell Wilson out through injury, and appeared in four games overall. In those starts, where he went 1-2, he averaged just 26 pass attempts and 190 passing yards per game. He finished the season with five touchdowns and one interception with a solid 103.0 passer rating, but the team was extremely run-heavy (26.33 rush attempts per game) during that span.

It seems Seattle is poised to embrace even more of that old-school philosophy under head coach Pete Carroll. They spent a second-round pick for Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III to add to an already full RB room with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Star wide receiver DK Metcalf has also been the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, although he remains with the team.

Drew Lock warms up before a Denver Broncos game
Drew Lock warms up before a Denver Broncos game
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Last week, Carroll conceded that Smith’s starting experience in quarterback competition “automatically puts him ahead.” Lock, the other option, has blazed out of Denver the past two seasons, amassing 25 touchdown passes to 20 interceptions and a 79.3 passer rating in 21 career starts.

Everyone’s been expecting Seattle to add another quarterback (maybe Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo), but the longer we go into the offseason and the more the coaching staff talks about Smith and Lock as the two players in contention, it seems like they will actually go through with it. In a division with Matthew Stafford, Kyler Murray and Kyle Shanahan, good luck with that. Geno Smith leads the sad Seahawks quarterback contest


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