Pete Carroll Aug 26, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has officially named veteran quarterback Geno Smith the team’s starter ahead of the 2022-23 season opener, it doesn’t sound like he’s willing to commit to Smith throughout the entire season.

Just days after naming Smith the starter over Drew Lock, Carroll made it clear that the competition could extend into the rest of the season, saying that the competition is “always on.”

“Yeah, I think that they understand that, that it’s always on,” Carroll said, according to The News Tribune.

While this is certainly an unconventional approach, it will be good news for Lock who Carroll said was “disappointed” after losing the job to Smith.

“He’s disappointed. He’s disappointed, you know,” Carroll said. “But I know he knows how we think of him, and how we trust he’s got a big future and all that. He knows by the way we’ve dealt with him from the start and coached him throughout, and really taken him all the way through to this point.

“He’s got a big-time future. He sees that, and he’s optimistic about it — as we are.”

The Seahawks will begin their NFL season on Sept. 12 against the Denver Broncos.

[The News Tribune]