Seahawks quarterback “competition”
Let’s be real. Based on how we have seen Seattle give its training camp reps and preseason reps (game 1 versus the Steelers, that is), QB1 always seemed a lot skewed towards Geno Smith. Pete Carroll might go with Smith just because he knows what Smith can do and sees him as the safer bet compared to Drew Lock.
But if Carroll watches Smith in games and thinks, “This guy is definitely our answer as to who should start at quarterback!” then Carroll might need to not be the Seahawks coach sooner than later. Or heck, maybe the team is just waiting until the 49ers release Jimmy Garoppolo and know that he is actually the answer to QB1 for Seattle in 2022.
Carroll might also see Smith as having more resemblance to Tarvaris Jackson (the Seahawks starter in the season prior to Russell Wilson being drafted) and Carroll just knows that the 2023 NFL draft is where the real QB future in Seattle lies. But this team has more overall talent than the 2011 team did so wasting a season doesn’t seem right either.
If Drew Lock has any chance of beating out Smith for QB1 this year, then Lock must be amazing versus the Cowboys. And he could be. Yes, he’s a gunslinger who makes some odd throwing decisions and doesn’t see defensive alignments all that well sometimes, but he is still more physically gifted than Smith. Friday might not decide who QB1 is for Seattle in Week1 but it could go a long way towards saying who QB1 is in Week 2.