The Seattle Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West after a big win over the New York Giants, and literally, nobody could’ve predicted this after the team traded away Russell Wilson this past offseason.
Following a 7-10 season that culminated in a last-place finish in the NFC West, speculation began to run rampant about Pete Carroll’s future. That speculation only got louder after rumblings about Russell Wilson’s unhappiness.
Written off as a rebuilding team entering the 2022 season, the Seahawks have used a familiar formula to take an early lead in the NFC West.
After that formula led to a good win on Sunday, Carroll had something to say to his critics.
“You know, all the people that doubt, like you’re losing – we run the ball too much, you don’t understand football, and he can’t stay up with the new game and all that kind of stuff, that’s a bunch of crap, I’m telling you,” Carroll proclaimed. “Look, we’re doing fine. We’re all right. We’re improving day in and day out.”
In the meantime, Carroll has seemingly revived the career of Geno Smith.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback led the Seahawks with 212 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the victory over the New York Giants 27-13. He had no ill feelings about his beating his former team. Smith also rushed for 26 yards on five attempts.
“I’m happy to be here in Seattle,” Smith said. “I spent one year with the Giants. That year to me was like a blur and my life has moved on from them. I don’t have any remorse towards anyone there. In fact, to me, this game was for Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese. They believed in me. So as far as any other thing, I don’t really care for it. I’m happy to be here in Seattle. It’s like a family here. It feels like home. And so I’m just enjoying my time here and continuing to work hard with these guys and just trying to be the best we can be.”
He entered Sunday with the NFL’s fourth-best Total QBR and turned in another strong performance in the Seahawks’ third consecutive win, which keeps them atop the NFC West standings at 5-3.
Seattle is just the type of team that could shock somebody should they make it to the playoffs.