Geno Smith Seahawks Nov 30, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

During Thursday’s game, the Seattle Seahawks failed to contain Micah Parsons, a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year, on the game’s final play.

Although you’d expect the Seahawks to focus on the one player who could beat them, they didn’t. Parsons blew up a fourth-and-2 play, coming in untouched on the right side, forcing Geno Smith to make an errant, desperation throw to DeeJay Dallas, who was already well short of the first down marker.

The Cowboys ultimately won the game with a 41-35 victory, but many people were left wondering why Parsons was able to wreak havoc so easily on such a crucial play. According to Geno Smith, it was by design.

The Seahawks’ last play was designed to have the right tackle, Abraham Lucas, pinch down against the zero blitz, which allowed Parsons to come unblocked off the edge. Smith just couldn’t get the pass over the All-Pro defender to Dallas in time.

“You know, it is the design,” Smith said of the final play to Greg Bell, who covers the team for The News Tribune. “The right tackle has to squeeze right there against zero (blitz), so he did the right thing. “Micah coming free, we knew that would possibly happen. Tried to get the ball around him. Just wasn’t able to.”

It’s true that offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s play call was intriguing and could have been praised if it had worked. Unfortunately, the Seahawks failed to convert on all three fourth-down attempts, which ultimately cost them the game on Thursday.

As for a potential rematch against the Cowboys, only time will tell as it depends on how the NFC Playoff picture unfolds. However, if the Seahawks do get another opportunity to face Dallas, they will likely make sure that Parsons doesn’t go unblocked again.

[Greg Bell]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.