A week after making their mark in the NFL, Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks offense were left horribly unchallenged by the team’s epic loss to NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll admitted Smith “couldn’t get rolling,” but pointed out that the quarterback didn’t make many big mistakes either.
“He wasn’t gaining momentum,” Carroll said of Smith during his post-game press conference on Sept. 18, 2022. “He couldn’t start. He just couldn’t get going. Nothing worked, we didn’t do anything anywhere.
“I didn’t see him do anything that really took us out of the game. I thought he would go along but we just had to have a whole lot of ball on both sides of the football and it just wasn’t there.”
Statistically, Smith put on solid numbers, throwing for 197 yards while completing 80% of his passes against San Francisco. Smith had an interception and didn’t throw a touchdown. The veteran quarterback wasn’t able to make enough big plays to keep the Seahawks in the game, but Carroll emphasized that there was plenty of blame for running around outside the quarterback.
The game’s turning point came in the second quarter when Seattle missed a chance in the red zone. The Seahawks executed a trick play where running back DeeJay Dallas attempted to throw a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf only to be intercepted by the Niners in the end zone.
As for the points drought, Carroll Smith didn’t single out but sent a clear message to the entire offense. The Seahawks coach kept it simple, admitting, “We’ve got to get some points.”
“We have to do it right,” Carroll said. “We have to score, we have to get a few points.”
Seattle has been scoreless in three of the four quarters against the 49ers and has had a touchdown in just two of eight quarters so far this season.
Smith has been efficient in his two starts this season, but we haven’t seen his playmaking ability since the first half of the season opener against Denver. Heading into the season, Carroll left the door open for Drew Lock to potentially pass Smith, but all indications are that the veteran will have a long runway before the Seahawks would consider a move.
“According to Elias via @ESPNStatsInfo, Geno Smith’s 80% completion rate today is the highest (at least 30 passing attempts) in a game in which a QB team failed to score an offensive point since individual player stats were first tracked in 1932.” ESPN’s Brady Henderson tweeted.
Carroll again presented a well-known plan for how the Seahawks can fix their offensive problems. The longtime Seattle coach wants to establish the run and enable the passing offense to play off the team’s ground attack. Carroll praised the offensive line and hinted that Smith and the offense need to “make more things happen.”
“We have to do everything better,” Carroll remarked on the offensive struggles. “We have to let the ball run with a certain consistency. We actually protected pretty well early in the game, in the first three quarters I think.
“We just have to move more things. But I think it’s most connected to [having] to adapt it to what we are doing with the running game and to bring the passing game to life [play-action passes] and things that really weren’t even seen today.”