Pete Carroll finally named it Seattle Seahawks‘ The starting quarterback, that’s Geno Smith.
“Geno’s about to start,” Carroll said Friday night After Seattle’s 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Lock threw three interceptions. “He was going to start the opener, he earned it, he won the job. Because of the messed up time frames for Drew, he ran out of time.”
Carroll wanted to give Locke a shot at dethroning Smith after Locke missed the Seahawks’ second preseason game due to Covid-19.
But Locke threw a pair of interceptions against the Cowboys in the first half and was solid and unflappable as usual after taking over Smith in the second half. While the first interception wasn’t on lock, the second was much worse. Although it wasn’t a perfect throw at third, it wasn’t all his fault.
On Locke’s first interception, which came on his first series, he didn’t get much help from receiver De’Wayne Eskridge, who didn’t return the ball. However, it goes on Locke’s state line.
The second was locked. He never saw cornerback Nahshaun Wright drop back into a zone, and Locke’s pass was perfect for him.
He nearly threw another interception on third down in the final minute of the first half.
In the second half, Lock threw over the middle and it fell just short of receiver Aaron Fuller. Fuller stretched out, the pass went in the air with his pads and Cowboys defensive back Marquese Bell picked it off.
Although the lock was a bit unlucky, you didn’t make a great statement as a starter with three interceptions.
Locke had some highlights, most notably a deep 35-yard touchdown pass to Penny Hart. Lock probably shouldn’t have thrown it as the coverage was too tight, but he did and squeezed the ball to Hart for a good score.
Locke played deep in the fourth quarter. His final line was 13-of-24 for 171 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and a 51.2 passer rating.
Smith has held the No. 1 job all offseason, and he’ll hold it in Week 1. Perhaps the Seahawks will see Locke’s upside, overlook the mistakes, and hand him the job at some point. It seems unlikely. That has to be a bit of a letdown after being part of Locke’s return in the Russell Wilson trade with the Denver Broncos to face the Seahawks in Week 1.
Smith has done the job, and he has done nothing to lose it. The same cannot be said about the boot.