Seahawks QB battle: Pete Carroll says Geno Smith ‘continues to be on top’ over Drew Lock

Seahawks QB battle: Pete Carroll says Geno Smith ‘continues to be on top’ over Drew Lock

The Pittsburgh Steelers listed Mitchell Trubisky as early leader in their quarterback battle in their first official depth chart. The Seattle Seahawks haven’t released a depth chart yet, but head coach Pete Carroll gave us some insight on who leads between Geno Smith and Drew Lock. Right now, Carroll says Smith is “on top.”

“They keep doing things every day and they make plays,” Carroll said of his quarterbacks, via Pro Football Talk. “They both play every day. I watch to see how it swings; if it’s going heavy one way, heavy the other way. The guys are doing a good job. We’re working hard to match reps with the guys playing up front and the receivers, we’re working on getting it done and it will happen and you’ll see how it goes again tomorrow, how the reps are distributed, just so we can make it a very even contest.

“Geno continues to be on top, he’s in front, he’s been in the lead for all the obvious reasons and he’s sticking with it and doing a really good job of fighting. Both guys communicate beautifully, they learn well, we do really good.’ have no problem with anything we’re trying to do. There’s no problem here where we have to, ‘Oh, we can’t quite do this or that with this guy or that guy,’ it’s not like that. They’re very talented arm-wise , and the ability to throw the ball down the field is there. So let the games begin. When we get out there, we’ll be in the thick of it and we’ll see what happens. It’s a very big day tomorrow. It’s going to be a very big day tomorrow.”

Smith being in the lead at this point shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he’s been with the franchise since 2019. He got some run as the starting quarterback last year when Russell Wilson was injured and went 1-2. In four total games played last season, Smith threw for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

“He just does things right,” Carroll said of Smith. “He handles the system, he makes the checks on the line, he’s able to control the protections and work with [center] Austin [Blythe], those guys hit it really well and he’s just really talented. He has made great throws every day. I’m still looking for them to really come in, and really own it, and put together days where they don’t have any negative plays, the plays they wish they had back. So in a way, it’s been openings for both guys by not having all day, getting everything done and ending the day almost perfectly.”

As Carroll said, this competition isn’t over yet. We still have three preseason games to play, and the quarterback who finds the most success in those exhibition games can lead the starting offense onto the field on September 12th. Then again, it’s also possible the Seahawks add another quarterback to the competition in Jimmy Garoppolo. It’s a front office thing have reportedly discussed.

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