One of the most interesting comeback stories last season in the NFL was quarterback Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks turning his career around and becoming a Pro Bowler in the post-Russell Wilson era of the franchise.
No one saw this coming as Smith seemed to have become a career backup in the league, with little hope of ever changing that distinction, but that’s precisely what happened in Seattle.
Smith’s season as the Seahawks starter was so impressive that the team gave him a $100 million contract, with half of that being paid out during the 2023 season.
During an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, star wide receiver D.K. Metcalf talked about Smith’s amazing transition and success.
"I saw the transition from 'I’m a backup’ to ‘this is my team.'"@dkm14 on Geno Smith claiming the QB position in Seattle: pic.twitter.com/y7HLhOC1KE
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 14, 2023
The Seahawks making the transition from a Super Bowl winner and nine-time Pro Bowler to a career backup is no easy task for any NFL team.
Not only is that a tough transition for the team, but Smith had some giant shoes to fill and was able to actually make the team better in 2022, with Metcalf being one of the beneficiaries.
Smith put up career-high numbers across the board last season, throwing for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The team finished the 2022 campaign with a record of 9-8 and clinched a spot in the NFL playoffs but ended up falling short to the division rival San Francisco 49ers in the postseason.
As for Metcalf, the former second-round draft pick caught a career-high 90 passes for 1,048 yards and six touchdowns as he built some much-needed chemistry with Smith, which bodes well for a bright future in Seattle.NEXT: D.K. Metcalf Makes A Bold Statement About His Speed