Pete Carroll says Seahawks could play both Geno Smith, Drew Lock: ‘We might have two 1s’

The Seahawks are fast approaching the start of the season, and coach Pete Carroll has yet to name a starter at quarterback.

It remains to be seen how Seattle’s quarterback situation will play out between Geno Smith and Drew Lock. But Carroll, who said he’s “wide open to anything that happens,” will appear to be taking as much time as needed to decide on his starter for the 2022 season.

Even if it involves letting both quarterbacks play during the season.

“That could happen,” Carroll told reporters Tuesday. “Yes, that could happen.”

Of course, Carroll didn’t specify how such a scenario would play out, whether it involves playing a quarterback one half at a time, game at a time, or in specific game situations.

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Carroll has said Smith, who was Russell Wilson’s backup at Seattle in 2020 and 2021, is the leader as the preseason nears its conclusion. But he also claimed that Lock, who was part of a trade that sent Wilson to the Broncos, is right behind him.

What Carroll said about his team’s quarterback situation:

“Geno was the guy in the lead all along. I protected this thought throughout and it did a really good job. He was very consistent. We’ll just see what happens.

“He was very consistent with his work and all of that, and Drew was really perceptive. I know it’s not supposed to be a good situation when you have two quarterbacks, and it means you don’t have one, is the old saying, but I don’t know, but maybe we have two (number) ones. Lets see what happens.”

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There’s also a possibility that neither Smith nor Lock will be in the starting XI at the end of the season.

The 49ers are still trying to fire Jimmy Garoppolo, though a deal with a division rival looks unlikely. That means if San Francisco can’t find a viable trading partner (the only other one seems to be the Browns), the team could just scrap it.

Seattle would then be free to negotiate terms and potentially bring in Garoppolo as the likely favorite to win the starting job. As Carroll says, we’ll see if that happens in time for the Seahawks’ season opener against Wilson and the Broncos.

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