Pete Carroll: We need to trust Geno Smith, give him more opportunities

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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stopped short of saying “let Geno cook” during a Monday radio appearance, but he did signal that the team is going to give quarterback Geno Smith more of a hand in the team’s offense.

Carroll said “we haven’t had many easy drives” over the first two weeks of the season during an appearance on KIRO. Carroll thinks the team can make drives easier by “converting some bigger plays” to the likes of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, which means putting more on Smith’s shoulders and Carroll said he believes the quarterback is up to the task.

“We don’t need to hold him back at all. I think Geno’s got his game ready to go,” Carroll said. “We need to trust him and we need to maybe give him a few more opportunities and stuff. We’ve been pretty solidly conservative, counting on running the football, and when we didn’t run the football then OK, we didn’t have much of a mix that we needed. We can do better with that. And whether that’s right or wrong, that’s not the point. The point is that we need to keep expanding. We have too many explosive avenues to go to and we’ve got to make sure that these guys show up.”

The Seahawks have run the fewest offensive plays and scored the third-fewest points in the league through the first two weeks. That’s not a winning combination and Smith will have to do more if Seattle’s going to start moving in the right direction against the Falcons in Week Three.

19 responses to “Pete Carroll: We need to trust Geno Smith, give him more opportunities

  1. Yes Pete please, that’s exactly what you need to do. Give a QB who’s done nothing but fail his entire career more downfield play calls, that’s what’s going to help your offense. Signed – The NFC West.

  2. You can trust Geno all you want. The problem is that he isn’t that good and time spent with him rather than someone with actual upside is a waste of time.

  3. This is pretty simple to decipher.

    Pete would *prefer* to run the ball most of the time and uncork the occasional pass for big yardage. Unfortunately, the running game is not working, and the offense hasn’t scored a single point in the last six quarters.

    So what’s left? Open up the playbook. And if that doesn’t work either, look for Pete to find a scapegoat.

  4. It is what we thought it was.

    Geno will be replaced by Lock in the near future. He’ll give more athleticism and as bad decision making.

    Hawks will pick a franchise QB in the draft along with a bunch of other good players.

    In 2024 they’ll be competing for it all.

  5. Easy to pile on Geno, but he’s 10th in the league in QBR through 2 weeks. The biggest problem the Seahawks have right now is their defense that can’t pressure the QB, tackle, cover, or get off the field. They’re 2nd to last in the league in time of possession. On the offensive side, they could do better, but it also needs to be called out that the playcalling vs SF was atrocious. Waldron needs to get it together and I’m sure that’s a lot of what Pete’s alluding to here.

  6. “Hawks will pick a franchise QB in the draft along with a bunch of other good players.
    In 2024 they’ll be competing for it all.”
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    This roster is as weak as any in the league. At most 2 of their 11 defensive starters would start on any other team in the league. The offense hasn’t scored a single point in their last six quarters of play. Not only are they a lot more than a draft or two from competing, but what makes anyone think that Schneider and Pete can choose the right guys. This team will be irrelevant for years.

  7. Seahawk fans are loyal & will continue to be so. Just like we said after week one, it’s time to put the results behind you, learn from the game & prepare for the next opponent, Atlanta.

    Reminder: after week two, who thought the Seahawks would be tied for first in the Divisional standings?

  8. Geno will be fine. He’s already 1-0 vs Russell Wilson. Regardless of how he plays they’re drafting his replacement next year so it doesn’t matter one way or another.

  9. kamthechancellor says:
    September 20, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    Geno will be fine. He’s already 1-0 vs Russell Wilson. Regardless of how he plays they’re drafting his replacement next year so it doesn’t matter one way or another.
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    1-0 against Russell Wilson soon to be 0-16 against the rest of the league. With the number one pick the Pete Carroll will draft a long snapper. Pete Carroll is Barry Switzer with a younger roster who did less cocaine.

  10. harrisbarton says:
    September 20, 2022 at 3:19 pm
    “Hawks will pick a franchise QB in the draft along with a bunch of other good players.
    In 2024 they’ll be competing for it all.”
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    This roster is as weak as any in the league. At most 2 of their 11 defensive starters would start on any other team in the league. The offense hasn’t scored a single point in their last six quarters of play. Not only are they a lot more than a draft or two from competing, but what makes anyone think that Schneider and Pete can choose the right guys. This team will be irrelevant for years.
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    Hawks are 13-4 vs Niners under Pete.

    I understand your frustration and hopium.

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