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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) prepares to throw a pass under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (54) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Geno Smith Admits He Needs To Play Smarter

When Geno Smith turned the ball over on his first play on Sunday, it was a portent for the game to follow.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has lead his team towards an unlikely shot at the playoffs this season. However, the 30-24 defeat to the Carolina Panthers was their third defeat in four games.

Geno Smith had his first two interception game of the year against Carolina, as well as a season-low 58.3 completion percentage.

He still threw for three touchdowns, his seventh consecutive game with two or more. However he admits to wanting it too much in recent games.


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“We’ve been out there going after it, really being aggressive, and to me, I think I have been too aggressive as of late,” said Geno Smith. 

“So I have to get back to what I was doing early on, which was taking what they give me and allowing us to have a complementary football team where we all play together and not feel like we are just trying to push the envelope or trying to push our limits to see what we can do. We know what we can do, but we have to stay on schedule.”

There are mitigating factors, like Seattle’s absence of a rushing offense and inability to stop the run. Smith, though, knows how to lead his teammates, and pledged to be calmer on the field.


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“No specific reason, I’ve just been playing to win,” he said. “Obviously, we were down early in that game, so part of that was my mistake early on. When you are trying to get back into a game, you don’t want to throw a check down and feel like you are giving up, so you are trying to make a big play or get things going, get some momentum. For me, again, I have to get back to what I was doing, which I haven’t really changed much, but I have been a little more aggressive than usual, so I have to be smarter.”

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