Pete Carroll Jan 1, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, talks with quarterback Geno Smith (7) during a fourth quarter timeout against the New York Jets at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It took 10 years, but Geno Smith finally had what was, without doubt, the best season of his NFL career this year, earning a Pro Bowl honor. And the Seattle Seahawks rewarded him for his performance, signing him to a new contract to keep him as the team’s starting quarterback. And head coach Pete Carroll wants to make it very clear what he means to the team.

During a press conference this week, Pete Carroll sent quite a heartwarming message to Geno Smith, praising the quarterback for how much of an inspiration he’s been to the team.

“There were a lot of years when Geno had to sit there waiting,” Carroll said according to Pro Football Talk. “The story that has been unveiled about believing in yourself and confidence and trust and never giving up, it’s a vivid illustration to see this happen. He always knew, we just had to let it out. That’s what you did, Geno.

You always knew that you could do this, and when it happened and the opportunity was there for you to take over the reins, you handled it so flawlessly. We were grateful to watch it happen. It was a blast. We need to win a couple more games, we know that, we need to do a little bit better, but we still did a lot and you accomplished a tremendous amount.”

Smith and the Seahawks will undoubtedly hope he’s able to build on his success next season.

[Pro Football Talk]