Geno Smith Receives Comeback Player of the Year Award

Seahawks QB Geno Smith celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 4, 2022. (Harry How)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith has been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year honor by the Pro Football Writers of America. Smith was phenomenal for the Seahawks this year, with over 4,000 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in the first full year as their starter. He led a Seahawks team with little expectations to the playoffs and continued Seattle’s historic success with another winning season.

What’s impressive about Smith’s season was his relentless desire to be a leader of the team. With all the talk about trading Russell Wilson and releasing Bobby Wagner last offseason, no one expected Geno to win many football games, let alone lead them to the playoffs. He took a team with many rookie starters, including both tackle positions, to another level offensively where they had a solid rushing attack accompanied by a great passing game. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both had 1,000 receiving seasons, this is in part due to Geno’s excellent passing ability this year. Geno also had the whole team on his side for the entire season. Even during their struggling parts of the season, the team showed full support for their quarterback, and that Geno was their guy. 

Smith is now a free agent, but it’s expected that the Seahawks will do whatever they can to retain him. With a quarterback like Geno who is finally showing his true potential as a signal caller, the Seahawks will focus on ensuring he stays in the Pacific Northwest for quite some time. They have a lot of cap space, so finances shouldn’t be an issue in this case. With a team primed to have a significant offseason, retaining Geno will be the team’s top priority.