Jeno Smith generously rewards the Seattle Seahawks’ controversial decision to leave Russell Wilson. In four games, the Seahawks matched Wilson’s new team, the Denver Broncos, led by a superb play by quarterback Smith.
Smith leads the NFL with a 77.3% completion rate, the highest in league history for any quarterback after four games in a season in NFL history (minimum 125 attempts). Smith completed 77.3% of his passes for 1,037 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions for a 108.0 passer rating (ranking third in the NFL). Smith ranks 12th in touchdown percentage (4.5), seventh in interception percentage (1.5), fourth in yards per attempt (7.9), and tied for 10th in touchdown passes (six).
Smith joined Derek Carr (2020) and Tom Brady (2007) as the only quarterbacks to complete 70% of their passes in each of the team’s first four games of the season. In Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions, Smith went 23 of 30 for 320 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 132.6 passer rating. He also had seven carries for 49 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks scored 48 points.
“He played pretty good football, man,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “I’m just in awe of him and our guys that he’s got such early success to kick-start this season and show us that we can play really good football with him at the helm and he’s been so consistent throughout.” time. process, and then he plays and does it, taking it on the road.
“There is a moment in this game when the crowd was as loud as it could be on that day and he needed to do something on the line of scrimmage and he did it. great path.
“There were a few that day, but there was a moment where he was in complete control of it all and he needed to communicate with everyone and everyone played the game right and we really took advantage of this operation, so. We could talk about many things they did today. It was really, really good.”
While Smith has been preparing for a hot start in Seattle, how does he compare to Russell Wilson and his start with the Broncos? Smith beats his former teammate in almost every major category.
|Completion rate||77.3 (1st)||61.1 (23rd)|
|passage yards||1037 (10th)||980 (15th)|
|Pass TD||6 (t-10th)||4 (t-20th)|
|Pass INT||2 (t-21st)||1 (t-32nd)|
|ESPECIALLY||7.9 (4th)||7.5 (9th)|
|TD percentage||4.5 (12th)||3.1 (26th)|
|INT percent||1.5 (t-7th)||0.8 (3rd)|
|Passive Rating||108.0 (3rd)||91.1 (15th)|
Clearly, Smith has an advantage over Wilson and Seattle is making the most of their quarterback. There’s still no consensus on Wilson and Smith, but Seattle currently has the advantage with the 31-year-old signalman who hasn’t been in the starting lineup since 2014.
Smith’s work in Seattle is paying off early dividends.
“I’m grateful, but it’s only about work. It’s about work,” Smith said. “I’ve been working on myself like I always do and it’s just about keeping working and working on the day to day stuff and not focusing on anything else.
“I can play better. I didn’t exceed my expectations. I can play a lot better, just play better.”