Geno Smith has emerged as the top quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks in both his personal life and the history of the franchise. In a recent interview, head coach Pete Carroll praised Smith for his leadership abilities and the lessons he has taught the team. However, despite all the positive qualities Smith possesses, the most important question remains: can he perform on the field?
In the Seahawks’ latest victory against the Detroit Lions, Smith started his 20th game for Seattle, taking over for Russell Wilson. It was also Wilson’s final game with the team. It is truly remarkable that Smith has been able to garner this much playing time. Comparing Smith’s first 20 games to Wilson’s last 20 games reveals some interesting statistics. Smith has achieved a 10-10 record, a 101.1 passer rating, a 70% completion rate, 4,722 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. On the other hand, Wilson finished with an 11-9 record, a 99.8 passer rating, a 64.9% completion rate, 4,339 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
After the Seahawks’ loss to the Rams at the start of the season, Smith and Bobby Wagner addressed the team. Wagner emphasized the importance of having fun and maintaining confidence, while Smith stressed the need for unity and playing for each other. Smith recognized that the team is still in the process of getting to know one another, and he aims to create a calm and focused atmosphere during games. In crucial moments, such as when approaching the end zone, Smith reminds his teammates to relax and execute their plays effectively. He serves as a calming influence for the group and instills the confidence needed to succeed.
Smith’s presence was especially evident in the most recent game against the Lions. As the team entered overtime, Smith could sense the collective belief that they would come out victorious. He recognizes that the opportunity to make game-winning plays is what every football player dreams of and cherishes. Smith’s ability to steer the team towards success in pivotal moments makes him a valuable asset for the Seahawks.