Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll following a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

After trading Russell Wilson over the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback situation doesn’t look good on the surface, with Geno Smith and Drew Lock (acquired in the Wilson trade) in a training camp battle for the starting job.

While most of the football world sees it as the Seahawks having two backup quarterbacks, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll paints a rosy picture on the situation.

Carroll told the Seattle media on Tuesday that the Seahawks “may have two number ones” at quarterback in Smith and Lock.

Via Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune:

Carroll added that the Seahawks initially hoped to have the starting quarterback decided after Friday’s preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys, but Lock recently got COVID and that has delayed Seattle’s decision. Now, it appears the competition could go into September.

As the old football saying suggests, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.”

Now, sometimes there’s a highly-regarded young quarterback in a battle with a veteran quarterback.

But in Seattle’s case, it’s a 31-year-old (Smith) who has a 77.5 career passer rating and last started more than three games in 2014, vs. a quarterback (Lock) who’s disappointed in his first three NFL seasons (79.3 passer rating).

We have a lot of information that suggests Smith and Lock are quarterbacks much better off as No. 2s than No. 1s- and especially for any team that has hopes of competing. The Seahawks currently have the third-worst Super Bowl odds at 150-1, according to FanDuel.

So, we still don’t know who will be the starting quarterback for Seattle come Week 1, but we do know that it’s not somebody that should enter an NFL season as a starting quarterback.

Oh- and the Seahawks will be facing Wilson and the Denver Broncos in Week 1.

Here’s a look at how NFL fans have reacted to Carroll saying that the Seahawks “may have two No. 1s” at quarterback:

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