At Friday night's post-game press conference, Pete Carroll confirmed 

that Geno Smith maintained his lead over Drew Locke and would be the starter

on September 12 at opening night against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos.

Carroll cited reasons for Smith's handling of the ball as well as Shane Waldron's offense

as he dominated Locke. In this season, Smith's drive only got 13 points while Locke's drive got 34.

In camp, Smith worked almost exclusively with the first team,

while Locke was working with the backup. One time he made the first-team rep

but couldn't start last Thursday against the Chicago Bears.

Seven years away from his last full-time job, Smith is now tasked

with being the immediate successor to Russell Wilson's Seahawks.