Buckle up, Geno Smith.
It’s time to shine for the just about savior of October 7, 2021 – what is going to both turn into often known as the day Russell Wilson received harm that one time or the day the Seattle Seahawks ended.
Geno Smith got here out with a 98-frickin yard landing drive like a person who’s waited 5 years to get again at someone for punching him within the mouth.
After that, issues weren’t as straightforward. For all those that had been tempted to begin a direct quarterback controversy, each participant within the NFL from observe squad on up is able to making performs, that’s why they’re right here.
Sustaining it’s what makes the millionaires.
But Smith is a prime of the second spherical draft choose, and has truly accomplished a few
cool issues in his profession. Since the following 20-something days on this web site shall be stuffed with apocalyptic doom and gloom, I invite you to journey with me down a (temporary) highway of encouragement.
There is mild.
Because, mates, these are Geno Smith’s 4 greatest video games of his profession. By passer score.
By the way in which, he received all of them.
4. 2018, Week 6. Los Angeles Chargers vs Cleveland Browns.
Stats: 1 go, 1 completion, 8 yards. No sacks. An actual 100 passer score.
No, this isn’t a troll article. But once you pull up Smith’s stats and filter by passer score, that is certainly the fourth sport that comes up and I laughed my butt off.
We’ll drop down a spot on the checklist and seize Smith’s three greatest video games as a starter.
3. 2014, Week 1. New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders.
Stats: 23 of 28 for 221 yards. 1 TD, 1 INT. 2 sacks, and 38 yards speeding. He additionally fumbled the ball twice, and misplaced certainly one of them. Rating: 96.6.
The Raiders that 12 months had been very dangerous (3-13). But hey, so had been the Jets (4-12). I’m not placing as a lot analysis into this sport, as a result of the following two are extra attention-grabbing. But I’ll say that Smith’s lone interception this sport was a ridiculous play by Hall of Fame DB Charles Woodson. Sometimes the greats do nice issues.
Here, nevertheless, is the primary play of the sport. Play motion – probably not offered effectively – adopted by a slight shift left within the pocket, and a deep strike. Interestingly, I’m undecided he’s even received a re-examination, and sort of stares the primary goal all the way in which till the completion of the play. Won’t work towards Jalen Ramsey, who by the way in which just isn’t on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2. 2013, Week 5. New York Jets vs Atlanta Falcons.
Stats: 16/20 for 199 yards. 3 TDs, 0 INTs. 4 sacks. Three speeding makes an attempt for 21 yards. Rating: 147.7.
This Monday Night sport had some insane nonsense taking place in all places. An early drive had a blocked punt flip right into a left-handed accomplished go for almost a primary down, Jeff Cumberland caught a go twice on the identical play, and Julio Jones picked up someone else’s fumble for like a 40 yard acquire.
But oooooooh child is it an excessive amount of to ask for only one of those third and lengthy completions?
1. 2014, Week 17. New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins.
Stats: 20/25 for 358 yards. 3 TDs, 0 INTs. 1 sack for six yards. One fumble misplaced and, effectively, a receiving goal (incomplete). Rating? An ideal 158.3, and he didn’t even have Tyler Lockett.
This sport was the true deal. The full bundle. Our boy Smith was throwing, if not lasers, sharply-delivered and well-timed packages everywhere in the discipline. Especially take a look at the way in which that Smith makes high-value throws with a fast launch.
This one I notably like as a result of it is one thing Russ merely won’t do. third down, stress coming, quick on time throw to a good finish in the course of the sphere, enormous acquire pic.twitter.com/ILjwwQCVSx
— Tyler Alsin (@TylerjAlsin) October 9, 2021
Russell Wilson has 78 profession video games with a passer score over 100.0, Geno Smith has three.
However, three traits in his greatest video games that I believe each outline who he’s as a QB and present what the Seahawks would possibly get in Smith for a 3-4 sport span. I refuse to think about previous that.
First, he’s a fumbler, and that sucks. That’s completely not what this crew wants proper now for 11 causes, all of them on protection, and an offense with little or no margin for error. I don’t know for those who’d name him an interception machine, he averages just below one a sport, however in comparison with Wilson anybody goes to seem like a careless gunslinger in order that will likely be a fan notion kind of factor, I believe.
Second, completion share. This may be very thrilling. In the video games we checked out, he had 80, 80, and 82.14% completions. In Russell Wilson’s 10 greatest video games by passer score, he solely had over 80% completion in two of them. Geno’s had some fairly dangerous video games on a small pattern dimension that has introduced his profession numbers down, however I’m intrigued by this coupled with what we noticed on Thursday Night. One of the larger considerations this 12 months has been how little the offense has sustained drives, and truthfully if Smith takes some dunkers to DK Metcalf and Will Dissly, some attention-grabbing issues are going to occur finally.
Finally. Finally. Quick launch stuff. This is to not say Russell Wilson can’t do it. But in 2021 and a complete bunch of different occasions, Russell Wilson won’t do it. I don’t know why. You don’t know why. Maybe no one however Ciara is aware of why.
What I’ve seen in Smith at occasions is a capability, and maybe a necessity, to do away with the ball faster. Nobody else can do the 8.5-seconds-of-scramble-time-to-find-Lockett factor, so that they don’t attempt. This alone could set Smith other than Wilson initially in fan notion. If he fires off two, three, 4, high quality 7-yard completions with out getting sacked, someone’s gonna pop on-line with “oh THIS is the Waldron offense we expected.” And they’re not completely unsuitable, however they’re positively not proper. I believe Wilson refuses to do that a part of what the Shane Waldron offense intends, and Smith will most likely do it higher – completely particularly in the course of the sphere. But Smith can’t do the remainder of it.
Still, I ponder if that’s sufficient to beat a few cellar-dwellers and see the place this crew is in a month.
Man, what a 12 months.