Seahawks fans hopeful that Drew Lock will beat out Geno Smith, split on Baker Mayfield
Seaside Joe 1187: Seaside Sunday Survey Results
In Friday’s post about the Seahawks quarterback competition and Top Gun: Maverick’s early success at the box office, Seaside Joe comments were on either side of the fence for both issues.
(For the record, some people were upset that I “criticized” Top Gun, but you may actually notice that I barely even commented on the quality of the first one and flat out said I was unqualified to comment on the sequel, for which I’ve not even seen the trailer. I only suggested that a sequel to Top Gun might not be as good of a film as Goodfellas and The Godfather, focusing almost all of my criticism on the studio system and Rotten Tomatoes’ fakeness.)
As far as the Seahawks ongoing quarterback competition, I don’t have to explain my stance on that at all as instead I went back to the well for my favorite secondary tool as a writer: The survey system.
I posted a survey on Google Forms asking YOU what YOU think about the Seahawks quarterback competition: Who do you think will win it, who do you want to win it, and where do you want Baker Mayfield to stand in all of this? The results were as clear as a jet windshield:
Most of you see Drew Lock as the lesser of two… I don’t want to call anyone “evil” for being a below average NFL starting quarterback. How about instead I’ll say that most of you see Lock as the GREATER of two quarterbacks who might not be all that great.
Through 169 responses, 54% of Seasiders voted Lock as the expectant winner of Pete Carroll’s 2022 quarterback competition for Seattle:
39% voted for Geno Smith, while 5% (nine people) think that eventually the Seahawks will find their way to Baker Mayfield. Jacob Eason received just a single vote.
Was that you??? Let me know in the comments!
But who do you WANT to win the job?
That number was even better for Lock, as 67.5% of Seasiders voted for Lock as the person who they want to win the job, while only 6.5% are pulling for Geno Smith. That’s barely more than half as many as those who want to see Mayfield (11%) come out of left Cleveland to win the starting gig in Seattle.
But I was curious, how many people are even curious to see Mayfield in a Seahawks uniform this year since we know it is improbable that he spends the entire season with the Browns?
There were actually two more votes for this question than the other two—perhaps two people who simply can’t stomach the idea of a Lock/Geno competition—and even though 35% of voters said that they “Absolutely Do Not Want” Baker Mayfield under any circumstances, slightly more than 50% of Seahawks fans would be open to that acquisition under the right circumstances.
Nearly every Seahawks fan though thought those circumstances should be an extremely low cost. Only three people voted that the Seahawks should acquire Mayfield regardless of what it takes to make it happen.
Pounding the table for Mayfield? Let me know in the comments!
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To the extent there's a consensus, my sense of it from the comments that get posted from week to week is that a lot of us would be fine with a down season where we tank so badly we wind up with one of the top QBs in the draft. That's how I feel, so perhaps I'm projecting. It's hard to be objective -- perhaps impossible. But it's been my sense that a lot of fans share my sense that this would be the best realistic outcome for this year given that there's not a one in a million shot of making a deep playoff run.
I sense that there is a sizeable contingent that prioritizes wins and would prefer an 8-9 season to 2-15. My guess is that's anywhere from a quarter of fans to a third. Maybe more. It can be hard to be patient through a crappy season. But, again this is my sense, it seems to me a lot of us could find other things to get excited about (e.g. the development of Charles Cross) while maintaining focus on the importance and potential value of a high draft pick.
Of course only time will tell if Stroud or Young will be worth the draft capital it will likely take to land one of them. It's such a guessing game with QBs. Kerry Collins, Richard Todd, Jeff George, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Kelly Stouffer, Tim Couch, Dan McGwire, Todd Blackledge (taken before Kelly and Marino), Rick Mirer, Heath Shuler, Art Schlichter, JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf are just a few who come to mind. Sure things whose careers never came to fruition. The Seahawks bear the scars (Mirer, McGwire, Stouffer after he really disappointed the Cards). I remember how some of these guys (Jeff George in particular) were really thought a sure thing.
I watched Geno play the 3 games when Russell was hurt. Geno shook the rust off in the first 2 games and looked really good the third game. Geno has been the backup QB to one of the greatest QBs. So he really hasn't had a fair chance to show what he has to offer. In my mind, this should be a competition between Geno and Drew to see who will be the QB for this season. After the season is over, then decide if they need to go draft a QB next Spring for the long haul.