Smith Proves The Doubters Wrong


The Seattle Seahawks have passed just about everyone’s pre-season projections. CBS Sports projected them at 6-11, worst in the NFC West. They have already hit their projected win total, however, starting 6-5 with a crushing defeat in overtime to the Raiders. Coach Pete Carroll has been a big part of the team’s success as one of the most experienced coaches in the NFL. Carroll has been to the Super Bowl twice in his career with the Seahawks, winning one at Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 . During the offseason, the Seahawks lost possibly their most valuable asset, nine- time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. Looking back, when the Seahawks dealt Wilson to the Broncos for quarterback Drew Lock, tight-end Noah Fant, and defensive-end Shelby Harris, it appeared to have worked out in the Seahawks’ favor. Instead, Geno Smith, a 32 year old from Georgia would be taking the starting spot over Drew Lock. For a rebuilding team, a 32-year-old quarterback is strangely old to  start. Drew Lock, only 26, would again seem like the best option. Smith attended West Virginia University starting at quarterback for three  years for the Mountaineers and playing 5 games his freshman year. Smith passed for over 4000 yards his junior and senior year with West Virginia. This exceptional college career made Smith a projected first or second round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He ended up being selected seventh in the second round to the New York Jets. Smith started all 16 games for the Jets but did not experience the same success he did in his college days. That year, the Jets finished 8-8. Smith did not have a great year, only throwing for 12 touchdown passes and having 21 interceptions. The Jets stuck with him the next season but only finished with a 4-12 record, worst in their division. Due to his poor performance Smith did not finish out the season. Michael Vick took over the rest of the season. Smith played two more seasons with the Jets, only entering into three games. The Jets did not re-sign Smith which would lead to him being signed by the Giants on a one-year deal. That season he only played two games passing for 212 yards and a touchdown. Again, he would not be re-signed, and he would be signed to a one-year deal to the Chargers in 2018. This whole season he would only have 24 yards, eight in the air and 16 on the ground Geno Smith once again would enter free agency. He was picked up by the Seahawks who already have the quarterback of the future Russell Wilson. Smith found himself on the sideline again for the 2020 and 2021 seasons starting in place of an injured Russell Wilson a few times. So when Smith was named the starter, there was a bit of a surprise to start a quarterback who hasn’t had a starting role since 2015. Week one proved to be an interesting one as the Seahawks were set to take on the Broncos at Lumen Field in Seattle, Wash. Tensions spiked as Wilson took the field and the Seattle crowd erupted into boos. Smith was a big part of the Broncos defeat 17-16, completing 82% of his passes and throwing for two touchdowns. Smith showed he still had some football left in him. The Seahawks have beaten teams in the playoff hunt such as the Giants and the Chargers while on their four-game winning streak from weeks six to nine. The past two weeks, however, the Seahawks have lost one score games despite good games from Smith. This team has the potential to be a playoff team behind Smith so it will be fun to see where he will lead them.