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Pete Carroll believes it's time to let Geno Smith cook: 'We don't need to hold him back'

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9/21/2022 12:58:01 PM
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Might it be time to let Geno Smith cook?

A week after Smith's inspired play helped the Seattle Seahawks upset former franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, head coach Pete Carroll's club came crashing down in the form of 27-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Over those two games, Smith has emerged with a league-high 81 completion percentage but has thrown for just 196 yards per game. Might it be time to let Smith air it out a bit more? Carroll believes it is, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

"We don't need to hold him back at all," Carroll said on Seattle Sports 710 AM's Pete Carroll Show. "I think Geno's got his game ready to go."

One glaring issue for the Seahawks has simply been they haven't been on offense enough. Seattle is dead last in the league with 48 plays per game (49 in Week 1; 47 in Week 2). Thusly, it's all the more imperative for Geno and Co. to do the most with their opportunities. So far, they haven't. The Seahawks offense hasn't scored since the second quarter of its win over the Broncos.

Nonetheless, Carroll is fully supportive of Smith and believes it's time to let the QB take the lead and make some plays.

"We need to trust him and we need to maybe give him a few more opportunities and stuff," Carroll said. "We've been pretty solidly conservative, counting on running the football, and when we didn't run the football then OK, we didn't have much of a mix that we needed. We can do better with that. And whether that's right or wrong, that's not the point. The point is that we need to keep expanding. We have too many explosive avenues to go to and we've got to make sure that these guys show up."

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