NFC West QB rankings heading into Week 1

San Francisco 49ers, Brock Purdy
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1. Geno Smith, Seahawks

Finally, we come to a guy who not only downright earned himself the starting job last year in Seattle, but a new contract from the Seahawks this past offseason. It took him a while, but Geno Smith finally broke out and had himself a phenomenal 2022 campaign.

His Seahawks made it to the postseason when nobody gave them that chance to begin the year. He earned a Pro Bowl nod. He threw for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions all while leading the league in completion percentage at 69.8.

This is a combination of "what have you done for me lately" combined with team success. Again, Purdy could find himself up here by season's end, but Smith was great for an entire season while making a postseason.

Now, going into 2023, Smith has even more weapons at his disposal. Once first-round pick Jaxon Smith-Njigba comes back from injury, Smith will have him added to an arsenal featuring D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. He's going to have another monster year, so long as health is on he and his teammates' side.