Even with Lock sick, Geno can’t claim QB1

Drew Lock still has a shot at Seattle’s starting quarterback position. So perhaps does Jimmy Garoppolo.

With Lock unable to start Thursday because of Covid-19, Geno Smith had his chance to lock down the position – and he didn’t do it.

In a terribly messy 27-11 preseason home loss to Chicago, Smith failed to lead Seattle to any points in the first half. The Hawks punted five times and missed a field goal off Smith’s drives. He hit just 10 of 18 passes for 118 yards – with 41 coming on a pass to Penny Hart. It was just the latest struggle for Smith to get his offense into the end zone (he also didn’t have a lot of help from a line that committed too many penalties and lost Damien Lewis to an ankle injury).

The Hawks have one more preseason game, and Lock figures to get the start if he is healthy. It will be his chance to seize the job from Smith. If he cannot, the calls for Garoppolo will get louder than they already are – one fan held up a sign Thursday calling for the Hawks to bring in the dethroned 49ers starter.

With Deshaun Watson now suspended for 11 games, the Browns also may be in the market for Garoppolo. If the Browns don’t trade for him, the 49ers likely will wait until final cutdowns on Aug. 30 to let him go. The Hawks then would have to get in on the bidding for him, if they wanted to improve the position.

GOOD NEWS: Lewis’ injury reportedly is not as serious as feared. Pete Carroll called that “very, very fortunate” and said they all were a little surprised by the good news. It remains to be seen how long Lewis will be out, however. Phil Haynes likely would start in his spot if he missed any games. … Charles Cross followed up a great first game with a terrible second one; he committed five penalties. Expect him to clean that up by the opener. “It’s just experience,” Carroll said, “so this is not going to be something that bothers him forever.”

The special teams were TERRIBLE. Every return man they put back there had trouble, with Cade Johnson coughing up a ball for a Chicago touchdown. Justin Coleman is playing his way off the team. After a rough first game, he made a stupid error in trying to down a great punt from Michael Dickson at the Chicago 1; Coleman stood on the stripe. Then he smiled about it. Carroll expressed concern about that unit helping hand the Bears 17 points: It’s really hard to win when you play like that.”

The young receivers had trouble catching the ball. Freddie Swain reportedly is on the bubble, but you wouldn’t know that by what the others did in this game. Bo Melton caught just 4 of 11 passes, Aaron Fuller 3 of 10, Dareke Young 0 of 1 and newly acquired J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 0 of 2.

Travis Homer has really become a good player. He already had turned into a special-teams standout, and he has shown this preseason that he offers great depth as he fills in for injured Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker III. Homer had a nice 33-yard breakaway run vs. Chicago and finished with 44 yards on five runs. DeeJay Dallas also has been solid; he had 67 total yards, including a 29-yard gain on a pass.

The Seahawks again played without most of the starting secondary, plus Poona Ford and Jordyn Brooks, and most of their skill players (DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett lamented getting just three plays). The club has talent all around the QB; it still comes down to solving that position.


One thought on “Even with Lock sick, Geno can’t claim QB1”

  1. happy football is back. But apparently no one told the Seahawks….

    not expecting miracles from the QBs, I even DON’T want miracles from them. Neither one is a long term solution. Hoping for progress from young players, 2 high draft picks (hoping Denver tanks) next year and a good rookie QB next year.
    A good QB on rookie contract is biggest advantage a team can have if the other pieces are in place.

    let’s be prepared for a brutal season, but one that has hope for the future


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