Seahawks Football 101: How Geno has shined by not throwing the ball

Nov 2, 2022, 1:41 PM

It’s impossible to talk about the surprising success of the 2022 Seahawks without talking about quarterback Geno Smith, who went from a backup for nearly a decade to one of the best passers in football this season.

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Smith leads all quarterbacks in completion percentage and is in the top 10 in the league in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

It’s easy to see that Smith is making as many plays as any quarterback in the NFL when he’s throwing the football. And his top-end completion percentage coupled with the fact that he’s thrown just three interceptions this season shows that he’s making very good decisions with the football, too.

But that elite decision-making isn’t just when he’s throwing the ball. Former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman took a closer look at two plays from the Seahawks’ 27-13 win over the New York Giants in Week 8 where Smith made great decisions to run the football rather than attempt a pass during his latest Football 101 video breakdown for Seattle Sports 710 AM’s YouTube page.

The first play Wyman dove into was in the red zone when Smith ran for 6 yards on third down, setting up a fourth-and-short that the Seahawks converted before scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

And the second play came in Seattle’s final offensive drive of the game when Smith was able to pick up 14 yards and another first down on third-and-8. That was also the play where Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was flagged for making contact with an official, and the lead referee said the penalty was on the Seattle Mariners.

Check out Wyman’s full video breakdown at this link or in the player at the top of this story, and listen to Wyman every weekday from 2 to 7 p.m. on Seattle Sports 710 AM’s Wyman and Bob, as well as every Seahawks game when he’s on the call with Steve Raible on the Seahawks Radio Network.

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