Geno Smith was ready for his chance

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Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith has survived in the NFL since entering via round two of the 2013 draft. On Thursday night, he got a chance to do something he rarely has done in recent years — take snaps of significance in a regular-season game.

“I played behind three of the most durable quarterbacks in NFL history with Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson,” Smith told reporters after replacing Wilson, who injured the middle finger on his throwing hand and couldn’t continue. “So it’s been a long time coming, but no way am I satisfied with just going out there and playing. It’s about getting wins and it’s about leading the team to victories. I like to think that I’ll be able to do that.”

He almost did it against the Rams. He came off the bench to lead Seattle on a 98-yard touchdown drive, and he had a chance to engineer an 84-yard game-winning drive with 2:09 to play. Unfortunately, receiver Tyler Lockett fell (possibly pushed, possibly not), and a throw meant for Lockett was intercepted.

Smith did enough on the night to get the home crowd to chant his name, repeatedly. What did he think about that?

“It would have been a lot better if we got a win, but it meant a lot, the city has embraced me,” Smith said. “This team has embraced me, and I’m really grateful for that. I appreciate all the fans. The atmosphere was just electric tonight. I mean, you could see it out there. Everyone was fired up. I really thought we had a chance. Thought we were going to come back and get it done; unfortunately we didn’t. But we’ll bounce back and get better.”

Smith’s last start came in 2017, during the ill-fated temporary benching of Eli Manning. Smith could get his next start in nine days, if Wilson’s injured finger prevents him from playing in Pittsburgh, just about 80 miles from where Smith became a star at West Virginia University.

6 responses to “Geno Smith was ready for his chance

  1. Really felt for Geno at the end of the game after a terrible no-call that destroyed the game winning drive. Was really impressed with his poise, and play making. I think from that game alone, and obviously next game if he plays well and Russ is out, teams will come calling; could be ready to compete again for a starting role.

    As for the questionable PI, I believe he definitely was pushed enough to alter his route, and it’s a shame they can’t review PI anymore; they should at least be able to do so within say the last five minutes of the game at least or 4th quarter possibly. Rooting for Geno.

  2. Lockett was interfered with on that play. At the very least contact down field.
    Thank you refs again.

  3. He’s got the offense figured out;

    Throw it to DK. He can’t be stopped.

  4. I dont know whats more amazing, the fact that Geno Smith has spent 9 years in the NFL, or the fact that the officials yet again blow another PI call at a crucial point in the game to possibly effect the outcome of the game. It makes you really question the idea that with the expanded gambling on NFL games that there isn’t something going on with officiating and the outcome of the game being predetermined.

  5. You can’t complain about PI on that play without bringing up the blown call when the punter was clearly a full yard past the line of scrimmage on his double punt…. Should have played better earlier. Honestly, neither of those teams seem too impressive…

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