Seahawks QB1 Geno Smith
All that hogwash about there being a true quarterback competition for the 2022 Seahawks became moot after the Cowboys game when coach Pete Carroll said Geno Smith would start Week 1. We pretty much assumed this was going to happen and there were no shockwaves when Carroll announced his decision.
Smith is not an exciting quarterback and he isn’t capable of elevating a mediocre team into a championship contender. Russell Wilson was at times able to do this in the late 2010s as the Seahawks quarterback but Geno Smith is no Russell Wilson.
That said, Geno Smith didn’t lose the job of starting at quarterback for Seattle this year and Drew Lock wasn’t capable of taking the role from him. (Of course, all bets are off if the San Francisco 49ers release Jimmy Garoppolo this week as expected and Jimmy G ends up in Seattle. Still, Geno Smith is going to start Week 1 either way.) Smith appears calm on the field and does turn the ball over a ton. Just what Carroll wants.
How good will Seattle be with Smith at quarterback? Who knows? But if the team struggles this year it likely won’t be due only to Smith. The team has enough talent around him to be dangerous. Carroll wants a point guard-type quarterback and Geno Smith, much more than Drew Lock, gives Seattle that. That is why he is QB1.