Is it here? Has the regression of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith really kicked in? The 33-year-old gunslinger hasn't been able to replicate the same level of success that Seattle witnessed in his first year as the full-time starter.
It hasn't always been his fault either. For instance, last week's Thanksgiving matchup against NFC West foe San Fransisco was a brutal one for Smith as he suffered 6 sacks in the contest. The pressure got to him quickly, the 49ers kept their foot on the gas, and Smith was forced into an uncomfortable situation.
His 'didn't write back,' season from a year ago sent shockwaves throughout the league. He broke the Seahawks' all-time record for passing yards in a season with 4,282. He was elected to his first Pro Bowl, won Comeback Player of the Year, and led the league in completion percentage (69.8 percent). With even more weapons around him and some improvement on the defensive side of the ball, the expectations for Geno in Year 2 were high.
Five QBs who could be starting for the Seattle Seahawks in 2024
There is still some time for him to finish the year strong. There are six games left to be played in the regular season and at this point last year, the Seahawks had the exact same record at 6-5. They went 3-3 to close things out, narrowly squeaked into the postseason, and ultimately were eliminated by a third straight loss to San Fransisco.
The direction of this season is looking likely like a similar finish. Geno's 15:9 TD:INT ratio may be worrisome and will surely be discussed during the offseason. If he can't end the year convincingly, there may be reason to look elsewhere for 2024. Here are five likely candidates who could take over as the starter next season.