3 reasons Geno Smith should be the Seahawks quarterback in 2022
So we’ve made our case for Geno Smith. With his experience, moderate success, and connection with the star wideouts, there’s reason to think he could be successful and take the reins into 2023. There’s also over half a decade of evidence of NFL teams showing they don’t trust him to lead their franchise. We saw him come up short in three huge prime-time games last season, failing to get the final score when they needed it most.
We also saw Smith be accused of some poor decision-making off the football field recently. Taking this all into consideration, here are the three most likely outcomes I see for Geno Smith becoming the franchise quarterback into the 2023 season.
Best Case Scenario- He’s Ryan Tannehill 2.0. Smith is a solid fit for Shane Waldron’s offense, using a strong running game and scheme to deliver the ball in space to Lockett, Metcalf, and Fant. The Seahawks shock the world in week 1, handily beating the Russell Wilson-led Denver Broncos.
With an improved defense and Geno being a mobile game manager, the Seahawks use their somewhat easy schedule and go 11-6, good enough for the top wildcard spot in the NFC. With a little luck, Seattle wins one, maybe two games in a significantly weakened NFC conference.
There’s hope and optimism that with the extra draft ammunition, Seattle can put the finishing touches on a Super Bowl contender, with Geno Smith guiding the ship.
Worst Case Scenario- Geno is given the job despite showing he is not good enough to take it, due to his experience. He continues to play like a backup, and Seattle falls to 1-6 before finally giving Drew Lock a chance, with the season already in the tank.
Verdict- Geno Smith is Tavaris Jackson 2.0, and Seattle is competitive in a seven-to-nine win season. He isn’t a realistic long-term answer, but he battles to be Seattle’s backup QB in 2023.