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Pete Carroll: Geno Smith is still leading the quarterback competition

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When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll temporarily stopped training due to a COVID diagnosis, Geno Smith led the quarterback competition. Now that Carroll is back, Smith continues to hold the top spot on the depth chart.

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Carroll addressed reporters on the quarterback competition on his first day on the team. He confirmed that Smith remains the leader for now.

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“They keep doing things every day and they’re putting on plays,” Carroll said of Smith and Drew Lock. “They both play every day. I watch it swing; if it goes hard one way, hard the other way. The guys are doing a good job. We are working hard to match the reps of the guys playing up front and the recipients, we are working to get it done and it will happen and you will see it happen again tomorrow as reps are handed out just for us to could make the competition really even.

“Jeno continues to be on top, he is ahead, he has been in the lead for all the obvious reasons and he is holding on to that and fighting really well. Both guys communicate very well, they study well, we have no problems with anything we are trying to do. There’s no problem here when we have to say, “Oh, we can’t do this or that with this or that guy”, it’s not. They are very talented with their hands and they have the ability to throw the ball across the field. So let the games begin. We get out of there, we’re in the middle of it now, and we’ll see what happens. Tomorrow is a very important day. Tomorrow will be a very important day.”

So why is Jeno still the #1 guy?

“He just does everything right,” Carroll said. “He runs the system, he checks the line of scrimmage, he can control the defense and work with [center] Austin [Blythe]these guys are doing a great job and he’s just really talented. Every day he made great throws. I’m still looking for them to really come in and really admit it and have days where they didn’t have any negative games, games they would like to bring back. So, in a way, both guys had opportunities where they weren’t out all day, doing everything and finishing the day almost perfectly.”

This means that Drew Lock still has an opportunity to win this job. What does he need to do to make this happen?

“Just stay there,” Carroll said. “He just needs to stay and show us how he will make decisions when big opportunities come up. He’s already done a ton of plays. He made a lot of good shots, he runs really well, he is elusive, he has a very fast trigger, his ability to release football is showing, he has many talents now. So we just need repetition. We need twists, we just need to see more situations to really find any reason to see the difference between the guys. There just aren’t enough things.”

Apparently, many of these things will appear in the preseason. The Seahawks continue to stick to their first-week comeback decision schedule. Russell Wilson next to the vest. It will be interesting to see who starts each of the first two preseason games and whether the Seahawks will continue to compete throughout the third exhibition.

Dimly looming over the competition is the possibility that the ultimate answer will be “none of the above,” with an attempt to go after someone like a 49ers quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo unless he was traded to another team. Eventually, he will be cut. By then, however, Garoppolo won’t have much time to get through the door and prove he’s the better option – even if on paper he might be a better choice than Smith or Locke.



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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