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Renton, Washington– Geno Smith says his arm is fine and his confidence in the Seattle Seahawks offense is intact after another ineffective performance in their 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.
In their fourth straight loss to their NFC West rival, the Seahawks managed just 220 yards, went 3 of 11 on third down and failed to score an offensive touchdown. They have gone seven straight quarters without a game and have only taken three over their past four games.
“I still believe in our coaches,” Smith said. “I still believe in our players. I think it’s been a difficult period for us, but I believe things will change. I think what we have to do is continue to work hard, if not work harder. There’s no excuse for ‘There are no words I can say.’ That would make it better, but what we need to do is we need to work harder. We need to find a way. We have a lot of talent. “We have a lot of good players in this attack and we have the right coaches. So we have to believe.”
Asked if he would change anything in the game plan later on, Smith backed offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who was heavily criticized during Seattle’s recent scoring lull.
“I feel like Shane always does a great job and I support him 110 percent,” Smith said. “He knows that. I feel it’s about getting better as players. No matter what the name of the game is, it’s about the players that make it come alive. So Shane has called some great plays for us and he’s going to do that. Keep doing that. I think overall we’ve got to “We’ve got to continue to believe in ourselves, we’ve got to continue to believe in what we’re doing, continue to believe and trust in our process and Shane is going to continue to call great plays and we’ve done that. You just have to execute for him.”
Smith was playing four days after suffering a triceps contusion on his arm during Seattle’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams, leaving him with a large knot in his elbow. The Seahawks held him out of practice on Monday and limited him on Tuesday before practicing fully on Wednesday, though they appeared to cut back on his throwing routine before the game Thursday night.
Smith said his arm was not affected by the bruise Thursday night.
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised Smith for playing on quick transitions and also said his arm was not an issue.
“That has nothing to do with it,” Carroll said.
Smith completed 18 of 27 passes for 180 yards and an interception. He was nearly picked off for an errant throw on Seattle’s opening possession. Two incompletions were dropped by DK Metcalf. The last throw came into the end zone to Jackson Smith-Njigba, who appeared to be caught by cornerback Ambry Thomas. Smith ran to the official after the play to plead his case.
Smith has also been sacked six times.
“I haven’t seen the film yet, but it wasn’t good enough to get the win,” he said of his performance. “It wasn’t good enough to score any points, so it was definitely not up to my level.”
The Seahawks trailed 24-10 late in the third quarter on a Smith incompletion to Smith-Njigba in the end zone. They had to settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown that would have made it a one-score game.
Smith explained after the game that he thought it was a missed call.
He said: “I’m not the person who interferes with the referees, I know they have a difficult job.” “I don’t know if they saw it or not, but from my point of view I could clearly see him holding it, and it affected his ability to catch the landing there and it affected our ability to get points. “So that’s a four-point swing, and in Matches like this, every point matters. “Tough decision but hey, that’s what happens sometimes.”
The Seahawks have outscored the 49ers 120-56 in a four-game losing streak.
“We have another opportunity to play these guys in a few weeks, and I think everyone has to take that personally,” Smith said. “I know I am. We all have to take it personally. We can’t keep coming here and letting them beat us up like this.”
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