He's only been the starting quarterback for one season
After accomplishing so much success with Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom, embracing a new era of development and change is never easy. But that's where the Seahawks are right now, working through a slight rebuild to create a team that can sustain long-term success.
Although some may argue that Geno Smith is not necessarily included in those plans given his age, he's still the quarterback for now and has injected the much-needed boost to the team after dealing Wilson to the Broncos last year.
The excitement surrounding the idea of Smith taking over the starting role wasn't there early on, as most assumed Seattle would be waiting quite some time to see success again. And that's where people were wrong.
Far from perfect, Smith's dedication to improvement and the team was felt all season long throughout 2022 and is a primary reason they were able to make the playoffs for the first time in two years. Despite the loss, it was a move in the right direction for the franchise overall and certainly provided a substantial confidence boost to them, especially Smith.
Now coming into his second official season as the starting quarterback, it's easy to believe the best is yet to come.
With an entire season under his belt as a Seahawk, which happened to be the best of his career, and a taste for success, Smith has all the tools to improve upon his Comeback Player of the Year performance this upcoming season.
Experience is invaluable in the NFL. Now that Smith is far more familiarized with how Seattle does things, that comfort level will inevitably become a leading factor of more success.