Smith completed his best 81% of assists in the NFL with just one turn, and a thrilling win against Denver doesn’t happen without early touchdown passes.
But it remains to be seen if it is the answer. This season to many looks like the one the Seahawks are preparing to find their long-term quarterback next year – assuming Drew Lock isn’t the future if he can’t beat Smith.
But even if neither Smith, who turns 32 in October, nor Locke prove he has any staying power, the hope for this year is to show improvement with the rest of the roster, then add the off-season QB, and voila, let the good times begin again. .
In the next three weeks, the Seahawks will go head-to-head with three quarterbacks that demonstrate well how dangerous it is to think about finding the missing piece of QB so easily.
In each of the next three weeks, the Seahawks face QB who were previously a first or second general selection, two of whom were also Heisman Cup winners, all seen on draft day as franchise saviors and all now trying to revive/preserve their careers With new teams – Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota on Sunday at Lumen Field, Detroit’s Jared Gough the following Sunday and New Orleans’ James Winston on October 9.
In fact, facing the quarterback who was the first or second overall pick extends to Seattle’s game four in the next four weeks, and Arizona’s Kyler Murray on October 16. conclusions.
But the other three are now in a position to look like a full-fledged player, in their seventh or eighth seasons and in their second or third teams.
Winston and Mariota—both Heisman winners who took first and second place finishes in 2015—were there to take anyone this season as free agents, including Seattle, who apparently didn’t want to either. Goff, the first overall pick in 2016, will likely be available this season depending on what Detroit wants to do with his contract.
The three combined for just three playoff wins and a 3–4 post-season record — two of Gauff’s for the Rams in 2018 when they advanced to the Super Bowl. Mariota 1-1 in the postseason and Winston did not start a playoff.
Of the three, only Gauff has a normal season winning record at 46-38. Winston is 34-45 and Mariota is 29-34.
“You would think that with the first pick in the draft, you would get someone who was really at the top of their game for 10 years,” said Randy Muller, who was the Seahawks general manager from 1995 to 1998 and then the Saints general manager. in 2000-01 and Dolphins from 2005-07. “It didn’t happen (with these three).”
Muller is quick to say that the finger can only be pointed at the midfielders themselves, saying “These decisions are such organizational success or organizational failure that it is hard to blame the player. … There is a lot of stuff involved from top to bottom when it comes to the success of these men.”
One of those factors, injuries, hampered Mariota, who won the Heisman Award in 2014 when he converted a 42-4 touchdown-to-intercept ratio and ran for another 15 TDs in leading Oregon State to the college football championship.
After a promising first three years that included an unforgettable playoff comeback in Kansas City after the 2017 season, a string of ailments that included a fibula fracture, a neurological problem in his arm and a sprained knee took their toll. He lost his job in 2019 to Ryan Tanehill.
Winston and Gauff simply ran out of luck with the Bucs and Rams, respectively, after they both showed promise early on. Winston made the Pro Bowl a rookie, and Goff had an unforgettable Super Bowl run in 2018.
But Winston’s Tampa Bay career fell apart after he led the NFL in interceptions in 2019 with 30, and the Rams decided they’d prefer choosing another former No. 1 – Matthew Stafford – as QB instead.
“I think the midfielder is the hardest thing to evaluate,” Muller said. “It certainly isn’t that easy (just finding a QB franchise) and the notion that just assuming this means you’re an idiot sometimes. There’s nothing scientifically accurate about it.”
Indeed, in some ways, the jury is still out on each of the three with Stafford as proof that the new ocean could alter the concept of the previous year’s first-choice, winning the Super Bowl at age 33.
Mariota, who has spent the past two years as a backup with the Raiders before signing a two-year, up to $19 million contract with the Falcons in March, is just 28 years old.
He showed flashes of why he was picked No. 2 overall in his first two games for Atlanta, throwing 411 yards and two TDs and rushing to an 88 and TD.
“I’ve always loved him,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said this week. “I’ve always loved his sport and his ability to run. He’s always been able to do a little bit of everything well. He can even throw the ball too. He’s kind of sunk into a backup role.
But the belated fumble that helped New Orleans return in the first week and the interception that ended last week’s comeback attempt against the Rams had some fans in Atlanta already calling out who they hope would be the future QB for the Falcons — rookie Desmond Ryder Cincinnati, a third-round pick last April.
But just as most people assume the Seahawks will be on their way to looking for a QB this season—with Ohio’s CJ Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young at the top of the list—many think Atlanta will be too,
This week’s CBSSports.com dummy had the Seahawks take Young for second – right after predicting Atlanta Stroud would take over.