Geno Smith Still Holds Key to Seattle Seahawks Fulfilling Potential in 2024

Over the past few months, the Seattle Seahawks have added reinforcements to their offensive line and defense. But to get to where they want to go, the onus still falls on Geno Smith to elevate his game to another level.
Nov 30, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass
Nov 30, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Following a busy offseason full of coaching and personnel changes, Geno Smith remains the Seahawks starting quarterback and regardless of the team's personnel and coaching changes in recent months, his performance still carries the most weight for the team's success in 2024.

Coming off a Comeback Player of the Year award in a breakout season in 2022, Smith's statistical production took a bit of a step back last year, including throwing 10 fewer touchdowns. However, few quarterbacks have been better over the last two years, as he ranks in the top eight in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion rate, and passer rating while tying Kirk Cousins by orchestrating a league-best eight game-winning drives.

Despite being selected to a second straight Pro Bowl squad, the arrival of Sam Howell via trade in March seemed to put Smith on notice. But since then, coach Mike Macdonald and general manager John Schneider have publicly declared him as the undisputed starter, and the decision to not draft a quarterback last month provided another vote of confidence in the veteran signal caller.

Instead, Seattle placed an emphasis on improving the supporting cast around Smith, including drafting three offensive linemen and a tight end with hopes of improving protection and helping develop a more consistent run game to complement the passing attack.

Heading towards the start of OTAs, Locked On Seahawks host Corbin Smith discusses Smith's outlook heading into his third season as starter and examines moves made by the team to improve the supporting cast around him, starting with the arrival of pro ready guard Christian Haynes.

Smith also ranks his five most anticipated games to be revealed in the NFL schedule release, including a pair of matchups with ascending NFC North squads, and investigates the chances of Quandre Diggs or Jamal Adams returning before training camp after being released in March.

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Corbin K. Smith

CORBIN K. SMITH

Graduating from Manchester College in 2012, Smith began his professional career as a high school Economics teacher in Indianapolis and launched his own NFL website covering the Seahawks as a hobby. After teaching and coaching high school football for five years, he transitioned to a full-time sports reporter in 2017, writing for USA Today's Seahawks Wire while continuing to produce the Legion of 12 podcast. He joined the Arena Group in August 2018 and also currently hosts the daily Locked On Seahawks podcast with Rob Rang and Nick Lee. Away from his coverage of the Seahawks and the NFL, Smith dabbles in standup comedy, is a heavy metal enthusiast and previously performed as lead vocalist for a metal band, and enjoys distance running and weight lifting. A habitual commuter, he resides with his wife Natalia in Colorado and spends extensive time reporting from his second residence in the Pacific Northwest.