After dropping four-consecutive games between Weeks 11-14, the Seahawks are on a two-game win streak and currently back in the playoff picture as the seventh seed in the NFC. Season 2 of 'The Sound' has provided us a behind-the-scenes look at Seattle's trials and tribulations through the 2023 season, as they look to make another late run to a playoff berth. Episode 16, titled, 'Brothers,' begins by highlighting reserve quarterback Drew Lock and starter Geno Smith, following the pair leading Seattle to consecutive comeback wins.
With Smith dealing with a groin injury, Lock was named the Week 15 starter, as Seattle faced the Philadelphia Eagles at home. After falling behind 10-3 at the half, Lock helped Seattle score 17 second-half points to secure the comeback victory. The Sound gives a look at Lock's 208-yard performance, throwing his only touchdown of the contest to rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba late to seal the comeback. The Mizzou alum joins the episode to discuss his journey as Smith's backup and why he decided to re-sign with the organization in March.
"Part of the reason," said Lock. "I got asked questions last year of 'Why come back?' and whatnot. I said, 'This is a special place, full of special people. All they want you do to is be yourself.' To have that and Coach (Pete) Carroll telling me that multiple times; telling everybody on the team that multiple times, 'Don't do anything more than just be yourself.' And for how many times he said it to us, you truthfully believe him in it. I think that's the cool part. A lot of fluff can go on, but he has wholeheartedly since the day I got here said, 'Don't do anything extra. If you go out and just be you today - I believe in you, this team believes in you. And you're going to be able to get the job done.' Sure enough, every answer I gave about why I came back, it unfolded that night on that last drive. Gosh, it's just really cool, I hadn't really thought of it like that or spoken it like that. That's cool."
Episode 16 finds the balance in telling the story of two major wins for Seattle in their push for a playoff berth, while providing insight on the camaraderie between the Seahawks quarterback duo. Smith comments on the journey for the quarterback room throughout the season, while giving props to his teammates and staff.
"The QB room here is just a lot of ball," said Smith. "Obviously, that comes first, we're talking football. Trying to find ways to beat the defense, figuring out new ways to be better as quarterbacks. A lot of competition, a lot of us pushing ourselves, as well as the next guy. Just trying to be the best we can be. Amongst all that, is just great friendship, great relationships. A bunch of guys who really care about each other. Got to know these guys, got to know Drew. We've had Sean Mannion for two years now. I've been working with Shane (Waldron) now for about three years, it feels like. Kerry Joseph, getting Greg Olson into the room. A veteran coach, who brings so much excitement every single day to work. All the guys we've had in there, whether it was Brett Rypien, Holton Ahlers - all those guys have done such a tremendous job of fitting right in. It's a very welcoming place, welcoming room - we love to have fun, and we love to talk ball."
Before moving on to Week 16's 20-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Eve, the episode transitions to show the Seahawks' holiday efforts to bring joy to the Pacific Northwest. From Smith visiting Seattle's Children's Hospital to rookie Devon Witherspoon providing families with free groceries, fans are given a glimpse at the Seahawks making community efforts fun for all.
After taking the necessary time off to rehab his groin, Smith returned to the field last Sunday, nearly mirroring the game prior. Seattle fell behind 10-3 at halftime, before scoring 17 points in the second half to secure a comeback win. Smith completed 25-36 passes for 227 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. The latter came late in the contest, as Smith orchestrated a 75-yard drive for the go-ahead score, connecting with tight end Colby Parkinson in the endzone with less than a minute remaining. The episode takes us back through the rollercoaster contests with exclusive footage, allowing fans to re-live the anxiety of Seattle's late-game comeback. Smith discussed the friendly competition between him and Lock, referring to him as his "little brother."
"I think it's like, you grew up in a family full of brothers like I did, that's normal in the household," Smith said. "We all love one another, but we all compete to be the favorite son, the best son. That's kind of how it works in my family. As much as I love my brothers, we're still competing to this day. I tell them all the time, they've got to be better than me. I look at Drew the same way, I want Drew to be better than me. It's that big brother, little brother thing - but we're equals in this thing. We go about our business in that way, we work that way every single day."
Both Smith and Lock know what it's like to patiently wait for their turn in the spotlight - and to deliver. Episode 16 gives us a glimpse at how the pair is getting the best out of each other, instead of allowing their competitive natures to cause friction. The Sound has given us a raw look at Seattle's efforts to establish a connection amongst each other throughout the year. With the chemistry between the two quarterbacks at the top, the results continue to work in Seattle's favor at the most crucial time of the season.
Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seahawks' victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.