The Seattle Seahawks made a major change to their roster when they traded the face of the franchise, quarterback Russell Wilson, to the Denver Broncos. It was a move that felt inevitable to some as the philosophies of Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll were not matching up and something had to eventually give.
With Wilson now in Denver, many thought that Seattle would look to bring in another quarterback this offseason. They received Drew Lock in the package from the Broncos and had Geno Smith on the roster, but neither would seem to instill much confidence as being the starter.
That does not seem to be the case. Despite Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns and Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers being available, the Seahawks look ready to go into the season with Lock or Smith as their starter. Seattle didn’t even select a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, further cementing their trust in the signal callers they have on the roster.
Right now, it is Smith that has a leg up in the competition. Being with the organization as long as he has, entering his third season in Seattle, is what has provided him the head start over Lock according to offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
“Right now, Geno has done such a good job of carrying over (the offensive principles from 2021). He already had a head start over Drew right there,” Waldron said on KJR, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. “We have a long time to go. We are just in T-shirts and shorts right now, going against air. We have a long way to go to see where this competition (goes).”
This is right in line with what Carroll had previously said as well when he mentioned that Smith was automatically ahead in the competition to replace Wilson as the starting quarterback. However, Lock will have a fair shot at claiming the starting job.
The Missouri product is seemingly who the Seahawks are banking on, with Smith as a fallback option should things not go according to plan. Based on what we have seen from Lock thus far in his career, there is a good chance we see some Smith this season as well.
Lock has a record of 8-13 in three seasons with the Broncos, completing only 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, throwing for 25 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions. He led the league in interceptions in 2020 with 15 despite playing in only 13 games.