the Seattle Seahawks can have a brand new quarterback underneath middle when the season starts and that QB may be Geno Smith.

Following the Seahawks' 27-26 preseason loss to the Cowboys on Friday night, Pete Carroll opened up his postgame press conference

By using officially naming Smith the starter for Seattle's regular season opener towards the Denver Broncos.

"Geno's going to begin the opener," Carroll told the media. "He's earned it. He's gained the process."

In a twist, Smith's opening day begin will come against the quarterback he is replacing: Russell Wilson.

The former Seahawks quarterback, who spent 10 seasons in Seattle (2012-21) became traded to the Broncos returned in March.

Smith's opening day start will mark the primary time on account that 2011 that a quarterback no longer named

Russell Wilson changed into beneath middle for the Seahawks in Week 1. Eleven years in the past,

Tarvaris Jackson was the starting quarterback for a Seahawks team that would finally finish 7-nine.

The Seahawks held an open competition for the QB job this yr, however from the first day of education camp,

it felt adore it was Smith's job to lose. As currently as Wednesday, Carroll had made it clear that Smith changed into the

 the front-runner for the process going into the preseason finale in opposition to the Cowboys.