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Seahawks QB Geno Smith’s career resurgence reminds Giants DC Wink Martindale of Kurt Warner

When quarterback Geno Smith joined the Seahawks in 2020, his fourth team in four years, he had recorded two starts since 2015. Three seasons later, he’s starting to gain attention as one of the main reasons for Seattle’s surprising standing atop the NFC West.

Asked if there’s a Smith quarterback who reminds him of his late breakout year before New York’s Week 8 tilt against Seattle, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale identified a Hall of Famer of Fame

“I’ll give you the first name, Kurt Warner,” Martindale said Thursday, via the team’s official transcript. “I don’t know if they’re going to make a movie with Geno, but as a football fan and a respecter of the game, I really respect what he’s done with his game. Besides playing against him, it’s fun to see the success he has. it had”.

Warner, who spent time in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe before emerging as an MVP and Super Bowl champion with the Rams, saw his storybook career turn into the 2021 movie, American Underdog.

Tinseltown may not be clamoring for Smith just yet, but the No. 2 QB off the board in the 2013 draft has certainly rewarded the Seahawks for tabbing him as an Opening Day starter for the first time since 2014.

After beating out Drew Lock for the job in the wake of Seattle’s franchise trade, Russell Wilson, Smith has been a revelation.

He leads the league with a completion percentage of 73.5 — just 0.9 off Drew Brees’ 2018 NFL record — and ranks seventh in the league in passing yards with 1,712. His 11 touchdown passes through seven games are already just two shy of his career high.

The 32-year-old is playing the best ball of his career, continuing to match what he put on tape when he completed 65 of 95 passes for 702 yards, five TDs and an interception during a three-game breakout season for Wilson last season. .

Smith’s matchup with the Giants on Sunday will pit two of the most surprising teams in the NFL. While Seattle leads the NFC West at 4-3, New York has won four straight and has the second-best mark in the league with a 6-1 record.

The onus is on Martindale’s fifth scoring defense to ensure the continued resurgence narrative belongs to New York rather than Smith’s Seahawks on Monday morning.

“I think he’s a really good person and I love seeing the success he’s having,” Martindale said of Smith. “I don’t want him to have any on Sunday.”


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