Will Seahawks’ Geno Smith be QB1 in 2024? Mike Macdonald sets record straight

New HC Mike Macdonald speaks up on whether or not Geno Smith will be QB1 in Seattle moving forward amid new changes

As the Seattle Seahawks sail into uncharted waters with a new head coach for the first time since 2010, questions and anticipation swirl around the team’s future direction. Amidst this sea of change, the focal point of discussion has become the quarterback position and whether Geno Smith will remain QB1 in 2024 despite the signings of other free-agent QBs. Mike Macdonald, stepping into his role as the Seahawks’ new head coach, has set the record straight with a firm endorsement of Smith, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, dispelling any notions of an impending quarterback competition.

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In an unequivocal statement to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero at the Annual League Meeting, Macdonald expressed his unwavering confidence in Smith as the leader of the Seahawks’ offense, per NFL’s Coral Smith. “I don’t [expect a QB competition]. I’ve talked to Geno about it. Very confident in Geno. Geno’s going to be our starter. Sam (Howell) knows he’s going to be our backup, but Sam is a great young player, and he’s got a really bright future that we believe in,” Macdonald stated, solidifying Smith’s position as the starter while also acknowledging the potential of Howell.

This clear stance on the quarterback situation is just one aspect of Macdonald’s broader vision for the team, a vision that emphasizes the creation of a unique identity under new leadership. Macdonald, aware of the monumental shoes he’s filling after Pete Carroll’s successful 14-year tenure, is not looking to mimic his predecessor but rather to forge his own path. “The only person that’s unique to me is me, so that’s the person I’m going to be. I have my way of seeing things and what I believe in,” Macdonald remarked, highlighting his commitment to personal authenticity and leadership philosophy.

The quest for a distinct team identity under Macdonald is grounded in the characteristics of hunger and determination, traits that he sees reflected in the current roster. “I think we’re hungry, I think we’re a determined group, I think we have a lot of people on our team, both players and coaches, that have a lot to prove,” he noted. This ethos is not just about individual achievement but about fostering a collective spirit and ambition that can propel the Seahawks to new heights.

Central to this narrative of resilience and perseverance is Geno Smith, whose journey from a battling backup to the Seahawks’ resurgent leader has been nothing short of inspirational. Macdonald’s acknowledgment of Smith’s trials and triumphs underscores the quarterback’s significance not only as a player but also as a symbol of the team’s fighting spirit. “That resonates with a lot of our stories, having gone through a lot of trials and tribulations and finding his stride here in the last few years,” Macdonald said, praising Smith’s leadership, poise, and on-field capabilities.

Looking ahead, the challenge for Macdonald and the Seahawks extends beyond the Xs and Os of football. As they prepare for offseason workouts and the forthcoming campaign, the emphasis is on building a “cohesive, together unit” that embodies confidence and unity. Macdonald believes that these intangible qualities will be the cornerstone of the Seahawks’ success, as much as any tactical or strategic advantage. “We’re building a cohesive, together unit…We’re going to be a united team, confident, and ready to roll,” he affirmed.

In conclusion, as the Seahawks embark on this new chapter with Mike Macdonald at the helm, the confirmation of Geno Smith as QB1 for the 2024 season sets a tone of stability and confidence. Macdonald’s vision for the team, characterized by authenticity, resilience, and a collective drive to succeed, lays the foundation for a promising future. Under his leadership, the Seahawks are not just aiming to replicate past successes but to carve out a new identity that reflects the unique strengths and aspirations of the current roster. As the team rallies around Smith and embraces Macdonald’s ethos, the Seahawks are poised to navigate the challenges of the NFL landscape with renewed vigor and purpose.


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