The days of Russell Wilson leading the Seattle Seahawks are over. That being said, Pete Carroll has already revealed that one quarterback on his roster is in command.
Speaking to reporters on Friday night, Smith said Geno Smith is ahead of Drew Lock and Jacob Eason in the Seahawks' quarterback competition.
“The competition is underway,” Carroll told reporters, via ProFootballTalk. “Geno has come in and is obviously ahead going in because he’s had all the background with us. He’s been with us for a number of years. He leads the charge right now. He’s in command of our system as much as a guy could be."
Even though Smith is in the lead for the Seahawks, the coaching staff has done a lot of preparation this offseason to see what Lock is all about.
"We’ve been able to see Drew in great depth. We’ve seen everything," Carroll added. "We went all the way back to all his college days and everything else. Every throw he’s ever thrown to show us what he’s capable of doing. We’re fitting it together. It’s going to be a really strong, competitive group and we’re going to be smart."
The fact that Seattle passed up on Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett and other prospects in this year's draft is a telling sign that Carroll is comfortable with his quarterback room.
Last season, Smith completed 65 of 95 passes for 702 passing yards, five touchdowns, and one interception while filling in for Wilson.
Lock, meanwhile, spent the majority of the 2021 season sitting behind Teddy Bridgewater. In his only year as a full-time starter for the Denver Broncos, Lock completed 57.3 of his passes with 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
It'll be interesting to see how this quarterback competition shakes out.