He knows how to coach ball

The Seahawks will take on the Giants next week in what will be a duel between the two most surprisingly good teams in the NFL this year.

How Seattle started the season 4-3 and currently leads the NFC West is a complicated story with many moving parts. Topping the list, though, is her quarterback play — responsible for the most shocking development by a pro since Josh Allen went from a bottom end starter to a top-two superstar overnight.

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At this point, Geno Smith shouldn’t have to convince anyone that he’s arrived. His numbers speak for themselves – he leads the league in graduation rate, ranks fourth in QBR and second in PFF grades. If you needed another sign of his rise, Smith is the cover story in today’s Football Morning in America column by Peter King.

Smith spoke at length about his time in the desert between his 2013-2014 start with the Jets and his promotion this year in Seattle. He credited coach Pete Carroll for the team’s success that season.

“Our success to date starts with the trust and belief of our head coach. Not many coaches would start two rookies on the offensive line, one rookie running back, two rookie cornerbacks. Not many coaches would feel comfortable starting a quarterback who hasn’t played in many years. But Pete does it because he knows what he’s seeing. He has often played against young people. He risked a lot of time with players. He knows how to train ball. You can see that this year.”

Carroll was roundly vilified for selling Russell Wilson (we’re no exception) to the Broncos, but after nearly half a season, it’s starting to look like the sharpest move this offseason in the NFL. Not only did Wilson’s game crash and burn somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, but Smith far outstrips the guy he’s been supporting for the past three years.

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Smith’s rise coincided with an incredible performance from a rookie class that could prove even better than the 2017 Saints’ class and the 2012 Seahawks’ class, which are considered the gold standard in that era.

Perhaps the most surprising twist of all is that Carroll has forsaken his greatest weakness: a conservative, run-first philosophy on offense that kept his teams low throughout the Wilson era. The Seahawks have one of the most pass-first offenses in the league this year, and that’s a big factor in Geno’s success as well as quality returns in the run game.

Heading into Week 8, the big picture seems to be coming together. The Seattle defense had a brutal start to the season, but it’s taken a dramatic turn in the past three weeks. The sky is the limit for this team now.

A lot can still happen in the second half of the season, but right now it looks like Carroll will have this job for as long as he wants.

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