Nothing feels better than not only proving your doubters wrong, but also proving yourself right. That’s exactly what Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith has done this year. Smith was the winner of the 2022 AP Comeback Player of the Year award, and I doubt anyone can convince me that someone else deserves it more.
Smith ran away with the votes for CPOY. His 28 votes doubled the next highest, which would 12 for San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey put together an impressive season in his own right, especially after being traded to the 49ers and being a big part of why they were able to make such a deep playoff run this year. McCaffrey had questions surrounding his ability to stay healthy years prior. But he was always in the discussion as being one of the best running backs in the league today.
Nobody outside that Seahawks locker room believed in Geno Smith going into this season after trading away Russell Wilson in the offseason. Nobody believed they would be competitive, much less make the playoffs. Smith led the entire NFL in completion percentage with 69.8. Oh yeah, let’s not forget he did that while also throwing for 4,282 yards and 30 TDs. Smith also ended his 2022 campaign with a 100.9 passer rating, which is above league average, and only throwing 11 interceptions.
How did Russell Wilson do this year? 3,524 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions. He posted a passer rating of 84.4. Here’s a kicker you probably didn’t know. Geno Smith’s 4,282 passing yards eclipses Russell Wilson’s career high of 4,219.
Here’s another fun fact for you. Smith only has two games this year that he’s thrown two or more interceptions. Those two games are week 13 vs Carolina Panthers, and Week 17 vs Los Angeles Rams. Smith is scheduled to become a free agent this coming offseason, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he lands a 3-year deal with the Seahawks. Maybe even a 4-year deal.
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