Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Gives Fans A Huge Update On The Team’s QB Battle

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It sounds like Geno Smith will almost certainly be QB1 for the Seattle Seahawks when week one rolls around.

Smith and Drew Lock are battling it out for the QB1 role, and it’s been reported for awhile that it’s the veteran’s job to lose.

Now, head coach Pete Carroll has confirmed that’s the case.

Will Geno Smith start at quarterback for the Seahawks? (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

“Geno continues to be on top, he’s ahead, he’s been in the lead for all the obvious reasons, and he’s holding onto it and doing a really good job of battling. Both guys are communicating beautifully, they’re learning well, we don’t have any issues with anything we’re trying to do,” head coach Pete Carroll explained to the media.

Will Geno Smith or Drew Lock start at quarterback for the Seahawks? (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

When talking about why Smith is leading the race, Carroll further added, “He’s just doing things right. He handles the system, he’s making the checks at the line of scrimmage, he’s able to control the protections and working with [center] Austin [Blythe], those guys are hitting it really well, and he’s just really talented. He’s made great throws every day.”

Will Geno Smith or Drew Lock start at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks? (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that while Lock appears relegated to the backup role, he did perform very well in the team’s Saturday scrimmage.

The former Missouri star went 19-26 passing and finished with a pair of touchdowns. Geno Smith went 11-20 with only one touchdown.

While there’s still time before the season starts, it appears all signs point to Smith getting the first crack at the starting QB role.

Drew Lock and Geno Smith are battling it out for the starting quarterback job in Seattle. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

From there, anything can happen. It’ll be his job to lose. If the Seahawks meet expectations, Lock will probably remain glued to the bench. If the team struggles, which could be very likely, Carroll could pull the trigger on making a switch.

Geno Smith leads the QB battle in Seattle. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It should be a ton of fun to see who runs out of the huddle to start the season against Denver!

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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