Buckle up, Geno Smith.
It’s time to shine for the near-savior of October 7, 2021, which will become known as the day Russell Wilson got hurt that time or the day that Seattle Seahawks finished.
Geno Smith came out with a 98-yard touchdown as a man who has waited five years to get back at someone for hitting him in the mouth.
After that, things were not so easy. For all those who were tempted to start an immediate quarterback controversy, every player in the NFL from the practice squad onwards is capable of making plays, that’s why they’re here.
Sustaining it is what makes millionaires.
But Smith is one of the top picks in the second-round draft pick and, in fact, has made a couple of
cold things in your career. Since the next twenty-some days on this website will be filled with apocalyptic doom and gloom, I invite you to travel with me for a (short) journey of encouragement.
There is light.
Because, folks, these are the four best games of Geno Smith’s career. By passer rating.
By the way, he won them all.
Four. 2018, week 6. Los Angeles Chargers vs Cleveland browns.
Stats: 1 pass, 1 completion, 8 yards. Without bags. An exact pin rating of 100.
No, this is not a trolls article. But when he pulls up Smith’s stats and filters by passer rating, this is actually the fourth game to come up and I laughed out loud.
We’ll roll out a spot on the list and take Smith’s best three 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 rushing. He also fumbled twice and lost one of them. Score: 96.6.
The Raiders that year were very bad (3-13). But hey, so were the Jets (4-12). I’m not researching this game as much, because the next two are more interesting. But I will say that Smith’s only interception in this game was a ridiculous Hall of Fame artwork DB Charles Woodson. Sometimes greats do great things.
Here, however, is the first move of the game. Game action, which did not sell well, followed by a slight change in pocket and a deep punch. Interestingly, I’m not sure he even got a second look, and kind of looks at the first target the entire time until the play is complete. It won’t work against Jalen Ramsey, who by the way is not in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2. 2013, Week 5. New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons.
Stats: 16/20 for 199 yards. 3 TD, 0 INT. 4 bags. Three rushing attempts for 21 yards. Rating: 147.7.
This Monday Night game had some crazy nonsense all over the place. On a first try, a blocked punt turned into a left-handed full pass for almost a first down, Jeff Cumberland caught a pass twice on the same play and Julio Jones picked up someone else’s fumble for a gain of 40. yards.
But oooooooh baby, is it too much to ask for just one of these long third endings?
1. 2014, Week 17. New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins.
Statistics: 20/25 for 358 yards. 3 TD, 0 INT. 1 bag for 6 yards. A loose fumble and, well, a receiving goal (incomplete). Classification? A perfect 158.3, and he didn’t even have Tyler Lockett.
This game was the real deal. The whole package. Our boy Smith was throwing, if not lasers, pointed packages at the right time all over the field. In particular, watch the way Smith throws high-value pitches with a fast pitch.
I particularly like this one because it’s something Russ just won’t do. Third down, pressure coming, immediate pitch on time to a tight end in midfield, big win pic.twitter.com/ILjwwQCVSx
– Tyler Alsin (@TylerjAlsin) October 9, 2021
Russell Wilson has 78 career games with a passer rating over 100.0, Geno Smith has three.
However, there are three trends in his best games that I think define who he is as a quarterback and show what the Seahawks could get out of Smith over a 3-4 game span. I refuse to consider beyond that.
First, he’s a clumsy one, and that sucks. That’s absolutely not what this team needs right now for 11 reasons, all on defense and one offense with very little margin for error. I don’t know if you’d call it an interception machine, it averages a little less than one per game, but compared to Wilson, anyone will look like a sloppy gunman so I think that will be kind of a fan perception.
Second, percentage of completion. This is very exciting. In the games we analyzed, he had 80, 80 and 82.14% complete passes. In Russell Wilson’s top 10 games by passer rating, he only completed more than 80% in two of them. Geno has had some pretty bad games in a small sample size that has lowered his career numbers, but I’m intrigued by this along with what we saw Thursday night. One of the biggest concerns this year has been how little the offense has sustained, and honestly, if Smith takes some dunks to DK Metcalf and Will Dissly, some interesting things will eventually happen.
Finally. Finally. Quick release material. This is not to say that Russell Wilson can’t do it. But in 2021 and on many other occasions, Russell Wilson won’t. I do not know why. You don’t know why. Perhaps no one but Ciara knows why.
What I’ve seen in Smith at times is a skill, and perhaps a necessity, to get rid of the ball faster. No one else can do the 8.5-second time scramble thing to find Lockett, so they don’t try. This alone may set Smith apart from Wilson initially in fan perception. If he shoots two, three, four quality 7-yard completions without being caught, someone will come up in line with “Oh, THIS is the Waldron offense we were hoping for.” And they are not entirely wrong, but they are definitely not right. I think Wilson refuses to do this part of what Shane Waldron’s offense intends, and Smith will probably do better, absolutely especially in midfield. But Smith can’t do the rest.
Still, I wonder if that’s enough to beat a couple of basement dwellers and see where this team is in a month.
Man, what a year.