Earlier this week Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll suggested he would open up the offense for Geno Smith. He indeed let Geno Smith cook this week against the Falcons. Geno had a lot of shaky moments, and the end result is disappointing but on the other hand, it wasn’t that bad.
First Half Of The Game For Geno Smith
It’s fair to say that Geno Smith was cooking in the first half. In just the first half, Geno Smith had 218 yards and two touchdowns passing on 18 completions of 25 attempts. Geno was on time getting the ball out. He was accurate and decisive. That served him well because the Atlanta pass rush was beating the Seattle offensive line consistently. However, even under pressure, Geno smith was still delivering the football where it needed to be when it needed to be there.
The offensive line made up for the bad pass protection by mauling the Atlanta front seven in the run game. Rashaad Penny rushed for nearly five yards per carry against Atlanta. The ability to lean on the run game was a huge luxury that helped Geno Smith settle in.
The end of the first half is where the cracks in Geno Smith’s game begin to appear. one moment Geno fits a very accurate ball into a tight window to DK Metcalf, the next time he targets DK he puts nothing on the ball and it’s nearly picked off. The inconsistency is the fatal flaw of Geno Smith’s game.
In spite of any struggles, Geno is never really shaken. He’s a veteran. After nearly throwing an interception he leads a touchdown drive. and then a field goal drive to end the half. Geno Smith did his job in the first half of the game.
Questionable Second Half Decisions By Geno Smith
The start of the second half wasn’t bad for Smith. He showed some great chemistry with the tight ends and with rookie running back Kenneth Walker III. Nonetheless, Geno Smith still proved to be very inconsistent in every aspect of his position.
The majority of Geno Smith’s inconsistencies were mental mistakes like throwing into coverage. However, he additionally made mechanical mistakes like inaccuracy or delivering a ball with improper velocity. There really isn’t much to say of the second half of this game because most of it looked the same. A couple of runs and then Geno airmails the ball over someone’s head.
I can say that Geno ended up with some numbers that aren’t hideous. Over 300 yards passing and over 70% completion percentage. Only one interception. That’s a miracle compared to how many he could have had. Geno Smith needs to lock in and focus for all four quarters. If he can do that consistently this team actually has a chance to win some games.
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