Who should be the new Seattle Seahawks quarterback in 2022?

For the first time in a decade, the Seahawks have a quarterback fight coming up.

SEATTLES — Editor’s Note: The above Video of an exclusive KING 5 interview featuring Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny aired on July 21, 2022. This story is part of KING 5’s Seahawks Season Preview Series.

For the first time in a decade, the Seattle Seahawks have a quarterback fight ahead of the 2022 National Football League (NFL) season.

Ever since a rookie Russell Wilson took over from Matt Flynn in 2012 (what a time to be alive), Seattle has had one of the most stable quarterback quarters in the entire league.

For years, it was all about which player would hold a clipboard behind Wilson, who didn’t miss a game for nine straight years.

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Matt Flynn threw a total of nine passes as Wilson’s backup. Tarvaris Jackson threw 20 passes. Trevone Boykin managed 18 passes. Geno Smith had thrown five passes to Seahawks receivers prior to the 2022 season. Wilson was the only player in 2018 and 2019 to throw a single pass for the entire campaign.

On the list of important Seahawks discussions: “Who will be the starting quarterback?” ranked just last.

With Wilson in Denver and a new young quarterback in the air, the Seahawks face a problem they luckily avoided.

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Smith, the acting backup, and Drew Lock, acquired in the landmark Wilson trade, are headlining what is one of the least desirable quarterback rooms in the NFL.

But of course someone has to win the job. Let’s take a look at the two options.

  • Background: 31-year-old, second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, played on four NFL teams
  • Career stats: 45 games, 34 starts, 13-21 win-loss record, 153.7 passing yards per game, 5.9 adjusted yards per attempt, 58.8 completion percentage, 34 touchdowns (TD), 37 interceptions (INT), 3.4 TD%, 3.7 INT%, 75.7 quarterback rating, 8.6 sack percent

In June, Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron said Smith continues to show a strong understanding of the 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.”

That gives Smith the early advantage over Lock, who is unfamiliar with the details of the Seahawks’ offense.

But here’s the thing: Smith never managed to gain a foothold as an NFL starter. It’s been almost a decade and he hasn’t even released a season that could be described as “good”.

Electronic Arts’ Madden 23 video game gave Smith a 60 overall rating, lower than Lock (66) and even third-place finisher Jacob Eason (62). The popular video game has linked him to low-level signal callers like Blaine Gabbert and Easton Stick. (Smith said in a tweeting that he’s not happy with the video game’s rating.)

The 31-year-old quarterback has essentially started two full NFL seasons on his fourth stop in the league. He has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his career and has averaged less than a touchdown per game over the course of his career.

Expecting Smith to be anything more than a backup quarterback would probably be foolish.

  • Background: 25 years old, 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, second NFL team
  • Career stats: 24 games, 21 starts, 8-13 win-loss record, 197.5 yards per game, 6.1 adjusted yards per attempt, 59.3 completion percentage, 25 TDs, 20 INTs, 3.5 TD%, 2nd place .8 INT %, 79.3 quarterback rating , 4.4 sack percent

The numbers for the two quarterbacks are strikingly similar, which doesn’t bode well for Lock. He beats Smith in passing yards per game and adjusted yards per attempt, and he’s taken far fewer sacks.

But the gap between the two players admittedly wasn’t that big at all given their career numbers.

In The Athletic’s annual quarterback rankings, Lock was ranked 34th and Smith 35th, reflecting the tiny gap in perceived ability.

Draft evaluators were enthralled with Lock’s physical tools before the 2019 draft, and it remains enticing three years later.

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That’s about all Lock has in mind for the 2022 season because he hasn’t been able to translate his physical talent into tangible performance on the field.

The judgment

In June, Waldron said all three Seattle quarterbacks have shown progress. The deciding factor, Waldron said, is which quarterback will prove they have “overall command” for the position.

“Your arm talent, you can do any throw in the book,” Waldron said. “They can throw the go balls across the field as needed, 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 of the stage 2 in this middle zone.

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If we’re being honest, Smith and Lock didn’t deserve to start a quarterback job in the NFL.

But someone has to start the first game of the season… and that someone should be Lock.

With just two NFL seasons under his belt, Lock at least offers the illusion of potential — fleeting as it may be.

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