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Pete Carroll On Geno Smith and Drew Lock Quarterback Battle

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is eager to analyze his team’s 32-25 preseason defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite some teething problems, Pete Carroll thinks his quarterbacks are in good shape ahead of Week 1.

Both Geno Smith and Drew Lock got reps in the exhibition game. Lock had a late turnover during a crucial play but otherwise performed well.

Pete Carroll says the fact both quarterbacks came up against challenging situations is a positive thing.


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“As it turned out, for both guys that was a good outing because they had a lot of pressure on them to have to get things done,” Carroll said. “We’re coming from behind and drives to go ahead and all that kind of stuff. I’m anxious to see how it looks when we break it down. But those were the kind of options we were looking forward to see how the guys were doing.”

“I felt great out there,” said Smith, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 101 yards with nine rushing yards and the score. “I felt like my decision-making was on point with seeing things well. They had a few good blitzes and things of that nature but I was able to get the ball out of my hands when I needed to.”


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“I could have handled that better,” Lock said of the late turnover, “Could have flipped the pro (protection), could have played a hot (read receiver). As a quarterback, you’re always able to fix those things and I’ll always take it on the chest and I could have been better there.”

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