Shane Waldron: Geno Smith has head start on Drew Lock

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Drew Lock arrived in Seattle from Denver on March 16 in the Russell Wilson trade. The Seahawks re-signed Geno Smith on April 19.

Smith’s two previous seasons in Seattle, though, give him with an early edge on Lock a month later.

“Right now, Geno has done such a good job of carrying over (the offensive principles from 2021). He already had a head start over Drew right there,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron said on KJR, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. “We have a long time to go. We are just in T-shirts and shorts right now, going against air. We have a long way to go to see where this competition (goes).”

It reiterated what Pete Carroll said last week about Smith being “automatically” ahead in the competition to replace Wilson.

The Seahawks, though, are banking on Lock being their starter. They have not pursued a veteran quarterback with skins on the wall, like a Baker Mayfield, and they didn’t draft a quarterback.

Seattle appears all in on Lock, with Smith a fallback option.

Team officials repeatedly have praised Lock, and Waldron did again Thursday.

“Drew has a good, calm presence in the huddle out there, (things) we saw in the last three games of his rookie year,” Waldron said. “The thing I like about Drew is, really, his ability to make every throw on the field. The way he moves and he changes his arm angle and doesn’t have to be just a (static) pocket passer out there.”

Lock, 25, went 8-13 in his starts for the Broncos, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

11 responses to “Shane Waldron: Geno Smith has head start on Drew Lock

  1. Seems like the perfect spot for Baker to end up at. He can beat these two out. One of the few teams that are in dire need at qb.

  2. I, for one, would like to see Geno get more of a shot. He was on atrocious teams in New York and hasn’t had much opportunity since. I don’t expect him to be a Pro Bowler but he can run the offense the way it is designed, unlike Wilson. With Lockett, Metcalf, Eskridge, and Fant he should be able to just share the ball around and succeed.

  3. The Seahawks are obviously tanking. Pete Carroll is content getting one final big salary as a head coach in the process too. Nothing wrong with that.

    But it is clear this team is playing for CJ Stroud or Bryce Young next year.

  4. Not knocking Geno, but imo he couldn’t read a pass defense if they wore bright glow in the dark uniforms.

    He is Travaris Jackson 2.0. Way too many bad passes and interceptions.

  5. “All in” means at the longest, until next season. If Drew surprises the pundits & performs up to his potential, he will be the future franchise QB. If not, he will likely be the backup to Geno this season and someone else next season. This is the big tryout for him to perform at an elite level.

  6. Don’t sign Baker unless you can get him long term at team friendly terms. Otherwise play the hand you’ve been dealt and if necessary package those 2 first rounders next year to move into the spot to get the guy you want.

  7. Geno Smith was a starter on a terrible Jets team. Truly awful.
    But his play was equally bad. If he was any good he would have ended up as a starter somewhere. He had a chance to start for the Giants when Eli Manning was bad and played poorly.

    Starting him is likely to lead to a sad season.

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