Pete Carroll, Seahawks make right choice in Geno Smith as starting quarterback

Pete Carroll named Geno Smith the starting quarterback over Drew Lock. Locked On Seahawks podcast host Corbin Smith explains why it was the right choice.

SEATTLE — In the end, it was one of the few true quarterback competitions in the league to go into the regular season in Seattle. But in the end it will be Geno Smith starting Week 1 for the Seahawks, beating Drew Lock, who was acquired in the Russell Wilson trade earlier this year.

All summer and into spring, Locked On Seahawks podcast host Corbin Smith insisted it would be Geno Smith who would become QB1 for the Seahawks heading into the season.

Corbin Smith joined Peter Bukowski on the Locked On Sports Today podcast to discuss the Seahawks’ decision to work with Geno Smith.

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“Pete Carroll wants a quarterback point guard who doesn’t flip the football,” Corbin Smith told Locked On Sports Today. “Drew Lock did the opposite on Friday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Carroll will not play a quarterback who plays this type of football. He likes downfield shots, but you still need to be smart and disciplined. Geno Smith will play quarterback this way. He may not be the most exciting quarterback in the NFL, but he’s consistent, he’s dependable, he’s loved by his teammates, and he knows the offense inside out.”

While Lock had a shot, Corbin Smith said it never really felt like a real competition for him.

“Geno Smith has had a foot below center since signing in May,” Corbin Smith said. “Drew Lock had his chance, but it never really felt like a real competition. Friday was the only time it was left open as to where these two guys could be the starters, and yet it really felt like Geno Smith was in charge of losing more than anything.”

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have some playmakers up front in DK Metcalf and a strong backfield in Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III. Can Geno Smith help the Seahawks win more games than people are expecting?

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“I’ve been saying that all along, I think this is a 6-7-8 win team. I’d be surprised if they got over .500 just because of the QB situation, but Geno Smith might give them the best chance to surprise and be a playoff team. It’s not like Smith has any more advantages, anyone who’s seen Drew Lock knows he could put it all together. But potential is a dangerous word and he didn’t live up to that potential. Too many errors. You won’t have that problem with Geno, especially with his knowledge of this offense and the relationship he has developed with DK Metcalf.

“I’m not saying he’s going to be a 30-touchdown QB, but maybe he can get 20-25 touchdowns without having a ton of interceptions,” Corbin Smith continued. “If he can do that with the running game he’s expected and an offensive line that’s going to frankly exceed expectations, I think they could surprise people.”

What about long term? Is Geno Smith the right option or will Seattle have someone else entirely in the middle next season?

“The Seahawks can say they’re not rebuilding or whatever term you want to use, but they’ll draft a quarterback early next year,” Corbin Smith said. “They’re going to have two first-round picks, they’re going to have two second-round picks. Even if they somehow win 10 games this year, they still have two first-rounders and two second-rounders, they can grab two of those to step up and get their man. Geno Smith isn’t their longtime quarterback, Drew Lock certainly isn’t their longtime quarterback. This guy isn’t on the list yet and there’s a pretty good QB class coming in in 2023.” Pete Carroll, Seahawks make right choice in Geno Smith as starting quarterback

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