Bigger arm than Geno
No offense to Geno Smith as he is a serviceable backup but he shouldn’t be a starter. A quality starter needs to begin a game well and finish it better. When Smith filled in for an injured Russell Wilson last year, he wasn’t awful overall. But he did make blunders at the ends of games that stopped any chance of Seattle winning games – an interception versus the Rams in Week 5, and a fumble versus the Steelers in overtime.
But beyond being turnover-prone, Smith simply doesn’t throw the deep ball as consistently well and with velocity as Lock can. Seattle is going to run more than they have in recent seasons when they had Russell Wilson. The Seahawks offense worked much better at the end of 2021 because of Rashaad Penny even though Wilson was once again healthy.
But just because Seattle is running the ball more doesn’t mean they aren’t going to throw the ball long. This kind of pass has always been a staple of Pete Carroll’s teams and Seattle has the receiving talent with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to hurt opposing defenses.
The team just needs to make sure they have the correct quarterback to throw those passes. In 2021, Seattle didn’t trust Geno Smith to do much with deep throws. That will change in 2022 will Lock.