3 takeaways from Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith's Week 1

Geno Smith and Seattle lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 of the 2023 season.
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Should the Seahawks already think of replacing Geno Smith?

So, I ask this question and mean it to be somewhat loaded. Was Geno Smith the problem for Seattle in Week 1? No. Was he part of the problem? Maybe. But the who team was an issues, except for maybe Kenneth Walker III. If I had to guess, I would assume that the Seahawks choose to use Walker a lot more in Week 2 and beyond. I am still fairly unclear why they chose not to keep handing the ball to Walker.

But would replacing Geno Smith have made Week 1 better? Say Seattle had chosen a top-three quarterback in the 2023 NFL draft, would they be better now? Would the team be better in 2024? That's debatable and if there is any chance that the team isn't better next year with a younger quarterback then Smith still needs to be QB1.

And please, don't bring up any arguments for Drew Lock to overtake Smith as the starting quarterback. What proof does anyone have that Lock would have been better than Smith in Week 1? We have never seen Lock play a regular season game for the Seahawks. Meanwhile, in 2022, we saw Smith be pretty good for Seattle.

The bottom line is that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are definitely not thinking of replacing Geno Smith at this point. Fans tend to overreact to what happens in the first week of a season but coaches and front office personnel cannot afford to do so. Let's see how Geno Smith plays throughout the season and then Seattle can make the decision on whether to replace him or not.

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