Pete Carroll is cautiously optimistic that Drew Lock and Geno Smith will take the reins from Russell Wilson »FirstSportz

Drew Lock, Pete Carroll and Geno Smith
Drew Lock, Pete Carroll and Geno Smith

Nobody in the NFL faces a challenge quite like Pete Carroll. The coach will be long without star quarterback Russell Wilson to salt his wounds, and he will also be without Bobby Wagner, a squad leader in the Seahawks locker room and a star on the field. He practically rebuilds the team with no stars and just your average second and third round picks. His biggest challenge is at the most important position, the quarterback.

The Seahawks have long had Geno Smith as a backup quarterback, but no other team wanted Geno and he was only scheduled to play in the event Russell Wilson got injured. He was pushed into the starting role last season after Wilson got injured and was average in the games he played. He started 4 games, threw for 702 total yards and recorded 5 TDs.

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“They seem to be in control”: Pete Carroll likes what he sees from his quarterbacks

Drew Lock and Geno Smith
Drew Lock and Geno Smith both play equally well at minicamp, only their preseason performance will determine which of them starts

The post-Russell-Wilson has begun. The team’s head coach, Pete Carroll, spoke to reporters at the press conference after the team’s mini-camp concluded earlier this month. The only question on our minds was who will be the starter for the team. Carroll explained that it’s still undecided, but both Geno Smith and Drew Lock “shared a ton of reps” during the three-day mandatory camp.

The team got Drew Lock from Russell Wilson’s trade with the Denver Broncos. Carroll praised his two QBs and claimed so “They seem to be in control, they’ve done a great job so far.” He seems optimistic about his QB situation despite being rated as probably one of the worst in the league.

Lock, who was in Denver last year, has been fickle throughout. His record over the past two seasons is 4-12. Geno Smith, Wilson’s backup for the last three years, has struggled with injuries for a significant part of his career.

He was drafted by the Jets and then played for the Giants before ending up with the LA Chargers. A year later he was in Seattle and he’s been there ever since. Pete Carroll, who propelled the Seattle Seahawks into one of the NFL’s top teams in the 2010s, claimed he had faith in both of his quarterbacks.

We will find out who gets the starter job after the preseason. The preseason will be the final test for both quarterbacks. “The games will matter and everything will matter, it will be a real fight. It’s going to be a really exciting time for our team, especially these guys, and for our people-watching people. I love it. I’m really,” Pete Carroll closed.

Will Seattle be able to stay afloat this season without their star quarterback on board, or will they be forced to rebuild the roster? Only time can tell.

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