Seahawks’ Geno Smith: Years as a backup would be ‘somebody else’s dream’

Geno Smith took a long and winding road to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 7-5 record and a potential playoff spot in 2022.

After playing in West Virginia in college, Smith had a rocky first two seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before losing his starting job in 2015, in part due to a broken jaw. when his IK teammate Enemkpali hit him in a pre-season altercation in the locker room. Smith then spent the next seven seasons as a backup with the Jets, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Seahawks.

Entering the NFL as a starting quarterback and quickly becoming a backup could damage the confidence of many players, but Smith kept things in perspective when asked about this time in his career.

Smith beat out Drew Lock for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback role ahead of the 2022 season after Seattle’s blockbuster trade of former franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver for a set of players and picks. draft – including former Broncos starter Lock.

Since then, Smith has become a revelation for the Seahawks. The 32-year-old has a league-best 72.7% completion percentage, 3,169 passing years and 22 touchdowns — all already easily career highs.

He threw just six interceptions, nearly a decade after throwing 34 in his first two seasons in the league.

Smith has been on the opposite trajectory to his former teammate Wilson since Smith and the Seahawks beat Wilson and the Broncos in Week 1 Monday Night Football. The Broncos fell to 3-9 and last in the league. ‘AFC West, while Wilson has faced criticism for both his on-field play and his pre-match habits.

Smith, meanwhile, was named “Biggest Breakout” in a mid-season poll of FOX Sports NFL reporters and was named Mid-Season Returning Player of the Year by Colin Cowherd and the NFL on the vote. from FOX social media fans.

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