‘Who gives us the best chance to win games’: Seahawks OC Shane Waldron breaks down quarterback competition

Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron sang a positive but ambiguous tune about the quarterback fight.

SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron has one of the tightest seats in the building when it comes to watching quarterback competition.

But if you were expecting big revelations about the quarterback fight during Waldron’s first meeting with reporters Thursday, think again.

Waldron struck a positive tone with all of his three quarterbacks, but also stuck to the vest.

“I really just think the overall lead of the position that gives us the best chance of winning games when it comes to the fall,” Waldron said Thursday. “Right now it’s just a good learning opportunity where we’re in t-shirts and shorts so they can really build that foundation where they can go to training camp and put themselves in the best position to compete.”

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Waldron is entering his second year as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. He said all three Seattle quarterbacks — Geno Smith, Drew Lock and Jacob Eason — have shown progress.

“Your arm talent, you can do any throw in the book,” Waldron said. “They can throw the go balls across the field if they have to, they can throw game action routes as far as you need to throw them, and then they can also do some of the throws from below or the throws perform level 2 in this middle zone.

Smith continues to show a strong understanding of offense as he enters his fourth season in Seattle.

“[Smith has a] full control of the offense, knows everything that’s going on, understands all the concepts, including all the run-game concepts,” Waldron said. “He did a great job. He did a great job when he was number two in that role, not just being in the role, but preparing every day like he was going to be the starter that week.”

Waldron doubled down to what was a staple of most offenses under head coach Pete Carroll: balance. He said he plans to rely on his running backs and tight ends to take some of the pressure off his eventual quarterback.

Tight end Noah Fant called the concepts a mix of some of the league’s best.

“I see references to 49ers, references to Rams, references to different teams in there that Coach Waldron has made his own and made it something really cool to be a part of,” Fant said.

Fant and Lock were drafted in the same class by the Denver Broncos in 2019. They arrived in Seattle in the industry that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver and are now learning under their third offensive coordinator in their four years in the league.

“I think some stability could be really good for him,” Fant said of Lock. “He went through a few different coordinators. He had some turbulence along the way. When you have to learn multiple attacks, it can get tricky. Stability and a fresh start could definitely do him good and I think he’s taken advantage of that since we’ve been here.”

Smith continues to take a lion’s share of first-team representatives during the portion of training open to the media.

Waldron left the door open for Lock to get some replays with the starters as mandatory minicamp approaches next week.

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Emma Bowman

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