Geno Smith is not surprised by his hot start to the 2022 season. The Seattle Seahawks starter notes that sometimes it takes time for quarterbacks to develop.
Smith has helped his team to a 4-3 record and they sit atop the NFC West standings. They are ahead of the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Seahawks had a bad record last season, but this year they are doing better and may even go to the playoffs. This is partly because of Smith, who was drafted in 2013.
The 32-year-old quarterback has thrown for 1,712 yards with 11 TDs and just 3 interceptions so far, good for a 107.7 QB rating. This is by far the best of his nine-year career. In fact, Smith’s second-best QB rating came last year when filling in for an injured Wilson, who has struggled since leaving Seattle.
Even the greats struggle in the beginning of their careers.
When asked about his season so far, the quarterback who was last a starter in 2013-2014 for the Jets, said that nothing has surprised him and that he knows he can play better.
I know I can play this game.”)
He said that he knows he might have struggled at the beginning of his career playing professional football, but that is just the reality of the National Football League. He said that sometimes they give up on players fast, and that the numbers at the beginning of his career are skewed in his opinion. He believes that he can play the game well.
You can’t just judge a quarterback by their rookie season. You have to have patience with young quarterbacks and find the right ones with the right mentality.
of terrible quarterbacking, and yet still not enough to get them into the playoffs.
In his first season in the league, Smith had 12 touchdowns, 21 interceptions, a rating of 66.5, a 55.8 completion percentage and ended the season 8-8, missing the playoffs with the New York Jets. Although this was an improvement over the previous decade of terrible quarterbacking, it was not enough to get them into the playoffs.
Pete Carroll contacted me and said he wanted me to have a chance to compete for the job. I appreciated that he showed faith in me. Not many coaches would feel comfortable starting a quarterback who hasn’t played in many years, but Pete knows what he’s doing.
“I’m disappointed that I was on the sidelines for so long, but now that I have a chance to start, I’m going to make the most of it,” said Smith.
These years without playing were tough for me. It’s really hard for me to not be playing every game because I love it and I’m very competitive. But the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So, I know that all of these years have made me a better person.
The Seahawks recently won against the Los Angeles Chargers and next week hope to win again against the New York Giants.
Lauren Flores is a reporter for ABC News. She has covered major news stories for the network, including the 2016 presidential election, the 2017 Women’s March, and the 2018 midterm elections.