Glass half full: Credit to Pete Carroll for crediting Gino Smith as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback. Worked as a playmaker on offense. With Smith throwing the ball efficiently across the yards, the Seahawks were able, according to Next Generation Stats, to play Wright on one try when he ran the ball against the box (where defenders were six or fewer of him). I averaged 7.2 yards. Lions only. The Seahawks have their playmakers (DK Metcalf and Tyler Rocket) built into their perimeter by utilizing a play action path that mirrors their top runs, so their “run, run, throw” offense can be challenging. It’s working well for a team that wasn’t expected. Department title.
Glass half empty: The Seahawks’ roster is full of holes that could prevent them from competing with the NFC heavyweights. The team lacked an elite pass rusher in him, and a season-ending injury to safety Jamal Adams robbed him of top playmaker secondary. Defense is a huge burden as the Hawks are also struggling in runs, ranking 31st in yards allowed and gaining defense. Carroll can sometimes hide flaws with a smoke-and-mirror approach, but it’s hard to fool an elite coach week after week.
Final Verdict: The Seahawks have a comforting story early in the 2022 season with Pete and Gino defying the odds to sit tied for first. This odd couple in the NFL clicked as a head coach and quarterback combo, but the league will eventually figure out a way to make the game more challenging for the journeyman signal-caller. Without good defense, When the division race heats up all at once, Smith’s final struggle will be difficult to overcome.