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Geno Smith was the hero Seattle Seahawks needed in Week 1, But after a brutal loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, coach Pete Carroll says the team needs to “trust” its quarterback and give him “more opportunities” to succeed.
Smith led the Seahawks to victory over former quarterback Russell Wilson in a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos, but Seattle’s offensive woes were on full display in his 27-7 loss to the Niners.
“Look what we’re up against here. We’ve got that game last week, so we’ve got to deal with the game as we go into the San Francisco game, coming off a big win. Okay, now we go in there and play like crap. in San Francisco and now we have to do it from the other end of the spectrum and come back to the other end,” Carroll said Monday in Seattle Sports 710 AM.
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“I took that game, it was a great win, and we had a lot of fun in that game. [game]. I need to do better too. You know, if I could feel it, then certainly they felt it too and we needed to get through it with a good game, and we didn’t.”
Smith played well in both games, completing 80% or more of his passes and throwing for more than 195 yards, but Seattle’s offense he couldn’t make anything spectacular happen on the field.
Carroll apparently suggested that the offense has been playing conservatively in its first season without Wilson, and that needs to change.
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“After two weeks of watching Geno play, we don’t need to retain it at all. I think Geno has his game ready to go. We need to trust him, and maybe we need to give him a few more chances and stuff,” he said.
“We’ve been solidly conservative, counting on running the ball, and when we didn’t run the ball, then that’s fine, we didn’t have a lot of the combination that we needed. We can do better with that. And whether that’s right or wrong, that’s not the point. The point is we need to keep expanding. We’ve got too many explosive avenues to go down, and we’ve got to make sure these guys show up.”
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When pressed further, Carroll explained that they need to make better use of wide-open star DK Metcalf further down the field and get their tight ends more involved.
“We know they can play, and we love them so much. We just have to make sure it’s more of the attack – we got it, it just hasn’t shown up.”
Seattle returns home on Sunday where they will face off against atlanta falcons They are looking for their first win of the season after tough losses to the New Orleans Saints and the defending Super Bowl champions.