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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 On Macdonald: You Gotta Buy In

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith says new head coach Mike Macdonald has ‘buy in’ from the players so far.

Mike Macdonald was brought in this offseason to replace Pete Carroll, who filled the position for 13 years. Geno Smith will feel Carroll’s absence keenly, as he owes him his career.

Geno Smith was drafted in 2013, but seemed destined for obscurity until he wound up in Seattle. His 2020 career renaissance under Carroll is the reason he’s still the projected Seahawks QB1 today.


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“That day is a day I’ll probably remember forever, just because of how things happened for me here,” he said

“Obviously, coach Carroll is a big influence on my career, helped me out a bunch when I came to this organization. Really helped me, thrust me into the spotlight that I’m in now. For me, it was kind of a terrible moment to see someone that I love so much, having to part ways with him. That’s the way of the NFL. That’s the way things go. Very excited for what we have here now and just the direction we’re heading in.

“New coaching staff, old coaching staff, I got everything to prove,” Smith added. 

“That’s every day, that’s the way I wake up every day. I’m competing with Sam [Howell]. I know he’s competing with me. I’m going to compete my butt off; I’m competing with everybody in this building to be the best that I can be. I really don’t approach it any other way.”


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“The real thing is you gotta buy in,” he said. “No matter who the coach is, no matter who’s leading this thing, you gotta buy in. And all the guys have got to buy in and that’s the key message. Right now, I feel like that’s what’s happening.”

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