Last season, Geno Smith started three games for the Seahawks after Russell Wilson suffered a finger injury. That was his first real opportunity as a team’s starting quarterback since the 2014 season with the Jets. That’s not a lot of playing time for a player who came into the league with a lot of hype as a second-round draft pick.
Smith claimed on Twitter this morning that “we all know” why he hasn’t gotten more playing time as a starter in this league.
We’ll assume it has something to do with his skin color, especially given that he’s spent more time on the depth chart than Bryce Petty and the ghost of Eli Manning.
Whether you like it or not, the fact is that black quarterbacks have historically been denied the same opportunities as white quarterbacks, even when they are physically superior. The fact that Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are currently unsigned free agents while duds like Mason Rudolph and Sam Darnold are still employed in the NFL speaks volumes.
Fortunately for Smith, Pete Carroll is on his side in this situation.
This summer, Smith will compete with Drew Lock for the right to replace Wilson as Seattle’s starting quarterback. We expect Smith to win that battle and start Week 1 against the Broncos unless the team brings in a better option like Baker Mayfield.