Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that the Seahawks will take “all the time we need” to settle on a game start, pointing to the two-and-a-half weeks between Friday’s pre-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys and the opening game on September 12 against the Dallas Cowboys. Russell Wilson and Denver Broncos.
Carroll said Smith is still ahead but is “wide open” to the possibility that Locke will overtake him.
Carroll didn’t specify when he initially planned to make a decision, but said it changed when Luke was sidelined with COVID-19 last Tuesday, two days before his first start of the summer in Seattle’s second preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Luke is back on Sunday and has been in all three practice sessions this week, and the first-team reps teamed up with Smith on Tuesday.
Carroll did not reveal who will start on Friday but said again that Luke will play “a lot”.
“I’m wide open for anything that’s going on,” Carroll said. “Gino was the guy in the lead the whole time, and I’ve been protective of that idea the whole time. He’s done a really great job. He’s been very consistent. So we’ll see what happens. Another two weeks of training, too, after that. I had a concrete idea.” About what we’re going to do with the schedule but that has been disrupted, so we’re going to take all the time we need.”
Smith took over most of the first team representatives. He started the Seahawks’ mock game and then their pre-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers a week later. The plan was for Locke to start against Chicago and then go from there. Luke greeted all first-team representatives last Tuesday, but struggled while feeling ill, and tested positive later that day.
“Today is a really great day for me to find out what they look like today,” Carroll said before training. “A guy who came back from COVID. He made it back a couple of days ago, got a hit, got past yesterday on all the things reviewed, and he made it through. Let’s see how he goes today and see where he fits in. But I wouldn’t close the book on anyone vying for We have two massive weeks ahead: finish this, [then] Next week is a huge week for us and then we come back with another full week and an extra day. So we have a lot of time here to solve this problem.”
Locke, acquired from Denver in the Wilson trade, beat Smith in the August 6 mock game at Lumen Field and was spending a strong night against Pittsburgh with a pair of touchdown passes until he committed a late slip. He lost a bump when he failed a hasty unblocked account off the edge.
“He played really well,” Carroll said. “His rhythm was good. I go back to Lumen as well, because it was the other game we were using for evaluation. He was really fast with football. I like to keep seeing that happen. When that happens. Comes right after that, we lost something in the end. And we gave the ball. I just like to see him finish the game and finish the plays he can do. He showed a lot of really good things. I think he had two out of three drives where he scored in goal. [Pittsburgh]. But we are in a different situation now because of last week’s match.”
The Seahawks went goalless in seven first-half rounds behind Smith last week against Chicago. He finished 10 of 18 for 112 yards, but at least three of his flaws were drops.
Asked if the Seahawks could play two quarterbacks in the regular season, Carroll said that was a possibility but not the plan.
“I can go ahead and just name it,” he said, “but I want to let the players fight and let them show where they are and let’s get as much information as possible.” “Geno has done a really good job in this position. His voice is strong. He’s on point the whole time. He’s been so consistent with his work all that, and Drew has been really sharp. I know it’s not supposed to be a good case when you have two quarterbacks.” It means you don’t have one, that’s the old saying. I don’t know. We might have two. We’ll see what happens.”
Carroll initially said he expects the rookie to come back Kenneth Walker III To go back through an editorial the hernia procedure, but has since retracted that thought. Choosing Seattle in the second round was in line with an important role besides that Rashad Bini.
“I don’t know how to relate to what’s going to happen because it’s an unusual circumstance for him,” Carroll said. “He’s really tough, he’s making a lot of progress every day. He feels more comfortable. I think he sneezed the other day and it’s over. So he’s fine. But how many weeks is it going to take? I know. The docs don’t tell us that either, so I think a lot will relate to it.
“If you’re going to deal with him, he’ll get him back quickly. He’s really hard. He’s too demanding of himself. So we’ll see how it goes, but we’ll be hopeful that it happens.”
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