Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has confirmed that Geno Smith will remain the team's starting quarterback going forward. After Russell Wilson went down with an injury against the Los Angeles Rams, Smith replaced him at the quarterback position.
Smith hasn't led the Seahawks to any wins so far as the Seahawks lost to the Rams 26-17, got beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 and also suffered a 13-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints this past Monday Night Football.
Smith failed to lead the Seahawks offense to points on Monday as he completed just 12-of-22 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. "Sure," Carroll said a day after the Seahawks fell to 2-5 with a 13-10 loss to the Saints.
"Yeah, he is. And we're counting on him to just keep getting better and us to play better around him."
Carroll confident in Smith
"He's managing the game well," Carroll said of Smith. "I would like him to get the football out, be more open to throw the ball away.
We talked about it in the locker room after the game. Sometimes those situations happen so fast, and to make that declaration to give up on the play is something that takes experience. That experience for Geno right now, it's not quite settled in the way he needs to be satisfied with, 'I've got to throw the ball away, we've got to punt the football.'
And there's nothing wrong with that. We took two or three sacks last night that we shouldn't have taken." The Seahawks are now five wins below the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West standings. . "We have to keep battling because it's so close," Carroll said.
"We have to just keep clawing and scratching and we've got to keep building the game around Geno and making sure that he can function at a high level." This week, Carroll said he probably wouldn't last this long in Seattle if it wasn't for Wilson.
“I’ve been here a long time. And if we didn’t have Russell, I probably wouldn’t have been here a long time. Think of all the magic he’s created through the years,” Carroll said. “One of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.
And it’ll be really fun when he comes back and plays football again for us this year. “We miss him, and in the mean time we’re going to keep fighting and clawing and doing what we can."