The Seahawks kept the quarterback competition open all summer. It’s time to end it now, and name Drew Lock as the starter for this season, and possibly far beyond.
As all good little 12s know, the Seahawks motto under coach Pete Carroll is “Always Compete”. I still think that’s a subliminal message that he’s the foundation of the organization – comPETE – but that’s just me. The Hawks have always fostered that concept, like any good organization. When it comes to the quarterback situation, I think that competition is over. Drew Lock has won the job.
Hear me out, 12s. I know that Geno Smith has gotten the majority of snaps with the first unit. Pete Carroll has said all along that Smith was ahead in the competition for the starting job, and rightly so. I mean, it would be pretty concerning – and damning – if the man who’s been on the team for two seasons, who started three games last year, wasn’t ahead in the competition over a new player, right?
But as I see it, not only has Drew Lock earned the starting gig, but the Hawks need him there.
Seahawks need Drew Lock for now and the future
We all know Pete Carroll planned to give Lock the start against the Bears. COVID-19 has other plans for Lock and the Seahawks. But as Greg Bell wrote for The News-Tribune, Drew Lock still drew even closer in the quarterback competition. Drew closer….get it? Yeah, dad jokes are my forte. Anyway, Geno Smith didn’t exactly nail down the job. Yes, he had some dropped passes, but so did Russell Wilson. The top players overcome those problems, and Smith didn’t.
Drew Lock played better than Smith in the Seahawks first preseason game – and remember, Lock was playing almost entirely with the second unit. As our own Karley Silbert wrote, Lock presents higher risks, but he also could bring the Hawks higher rewards than Smith. We know what Geno Smith can do in this system. We’re only beginning to learn how good Lock can be with Seattle. I mean, even Forbes says Lock should start.
As we’ve said many times, 2022 isn’t the last season for the Hawks. Yes, we all want a winning season now, but we have to look toward the future as well. Drew Lock could succeed as the Seahawks quarterback for the next several years. If he plays well this year, those two first-round picks next April have exponentially greater value. It’s time to find out if Lock is the man of the future for this team.