Drew Lock vs. Geno Smith: Seattle QB Contention Intensifies as Seahawks OC Favors One as Russell Wilson’s Replacement

Published 05/20/2022, 1:46 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with his quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Despite trading star quarterback Russell Wilson from the roster, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t go for a signal-caller in the 2022 NFL draft. The time has arrived when the Seahawks will have to make a choice and decide who they should select to execute their offensive plans in the upcoming season.

After leaving Wilson in a blockbuster trade, the Seahawks received a handful of draft picks and backup QB Drew Lock from the Denver Broncos this off-season.


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While experts speculated the team’s interest in Baker Mayfield and star QB Jimmy Garoppolo, the franchise seemingly failed to recruit them but rather distanced themselves from such attempts. Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll was indeed happy with their draft picks and not concerned about their slimmed quarterback room.

“We’re always competing. That’s all we know how to do around here. We’re always checking out everything that’s possible,” Carroll told NFL Network. “Right now, really excited about seeing these guys for the first time, and we’ll see what happens in the time to come. We’re always competing. We’re always looking.”

Now, the NFC West team is entering the 2022 season with three signal-callers Drew Lock, Geno Smith, and Jacob Eason. The 31-year-old Smith is leading the contention for the No. 1 position, considering his past experiences with several franchises and already starting games for the Seattle Seahawks in the past two seasons.


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The former second-round pick of the Broncos, Drew Lock, was playing the role of a backup option on the Broncos’ roster. So he will require some more experience and coaching to shoulder the abilities of Smith to contend for the spot.

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Seahawks’ head coach Pete Caroll affirmed the same when asked about his plans for the upcoming season. “Geno Smith is the guy that did the most playing for us and has the most background. So Drew is in catch-up mode right now. We’ll get on the field for the first time Monday and get a chance to see what he looks like.” he said, adding there will be a competition for the spot between Smith and Lock.

Moreover, Lock, during his tenure with the Broncos, struggled to cement his position as a starting quarterback in the first two years. As a result, he passed his chances to Teddy Bridgewater, who held him off the contention last year.


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Similarly, Smith is way ahead of Lock in terms of experience and records. He played with various franchises like New York Jets, Giants, and Los Angeles Chargers as a part of his previous stints, thus making him a suitable candidate to acquire the position.

Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles beyond the grasp of Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Mike Hoecht (96) during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports|Reuters

“Right now, Geno has done such a good job of carrying over. He already had a head start over Drew right there,” offensive coordinator Shame Waldron said to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.“We have a long time to go. We are just in T-shirts and shorts right now, going against the air, we have a long way to go to see where this competition goes,” he added.


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Well, the days are not far away, with the pre-season camp set to begin, fans will get more clarity on the matter.

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