A tale of focus

Check out this rather startling stat comparison of Jacob Eason’s passing game:

Jacob Eason – Stat Comparison
When leading Tied or Trailing
Attempts 22 65
Completions 10 38
Comp Pct 45.5% 58.5%
Yards Passing 109 534
TD Passes 0 5
Interceptions 2 0

That translates into a passer rating of 68.89 when Georgia is leading and a passer rating of 152.86 when tied or behind.  Talk about your glass half full/half empty situation — it’s great that Eason shows out when his team needs him, but maybe that’s also a sign of him coasting a little when the game seems comfortable.

In the end, I’d chalk the disparity up to immaturity more than anything.  He’s a true freshman; he’ll grow.  But, man, that upside!  When he gets it all together, it’s really gonna be something.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

33 responses to “A tale of focus

  1. Will (The Other One)

    How much of that is an uneven sample size though too? He missed out on some “playing with a lead time” in both the UNC and Nicholls games.

  2. Jeff Sanchez

    Uh, has it ever been “comfortable” in these first three games? My bourbon intake says otherwise

  3. Irwin R. Fletcher

    He’s 4 of 6 when ahead by 8 or more…if it was a sign of coasting, wouldn’t he get worse the larger the lead?

    I find it interesting that the play calling with a lead is 54 runs to 27 passes.

    BTW…Yards Per Rush with a lead? 3.59. Yards per Rush tied or trailing? 4.84.

    Maybe it isn’t the QB that is letting off the gas?

    • doofusdawg

      Yep. And I would imagine when we lead and when we run we have a bunch formation with at most two wide receivers. Would like to see the same stats with formations included. Imagine it would show we pass and run better when we spread em out a little.

  4. He ain’t perfect, but he’s capable. Its been a while since we can say that about our QB.

    Its been a long time since I watched either Stafford or Zeier play as true freshman. However, based on my memory, Eason looks more comfortable and confident than Stafford did early on and has had fewer costly mistakes than Zeier had.

    I hope that GW drive gives him some extra confidence come Saturday. He going to need to make some plays. Hopefully by the second half we can run it a lot.

    • Ginny

      Definitely agree with you that he looks more comfortable than Stafford did. I held my breath every time Stafford touch the ball.

    • Will (The Other One)

      Made far, far fewer mistakes than Stafford did (let’s not forget Stafford got benched for Cox when things took a turn for the terrible vs a bad Colorado team. And let’s forget the Vandy game entirely from 2006.)

  5. Godawg

    You also have to keep in mind the Dawgs have been tied or trailed a lot of time. At least it doesn’t seem we’ve led much…sigh

  6. Biggus Rickus

    Up 14-13 against Missouri, they called 3 passes out of 5 plays on a drive that resulted in a punt. They then called passes on 2 out of 3 plays on the next possession, with two sacks (though one came about on the worst intentional grounding call I’ve ever seen). Up 21-20, they took a knee to end the half, then threw three straight passes to open up the second half, the last of which was intercepted. They didn’t lead again until the end of the game.

    • Biggus Rickus

      This was meant to be a reply to Fletch above. Internetting is hard.

      • Irwin R. Fletcher

        Fair point…most of the time spent playing with a lead was against Nicholls. The playcalling against UNC and Mizzou with a lead was much more balanced.

        How about we add some more to the sample size this weekend?🙂

        • Biggus Rickus

          I’m for it.

          • down island way

            Still believe down, distance, time on score board dictates play calling with a 3 point lead or 21 point advantage……and vice versa……as a game based on %, the above mentioned numbers will still be trueish in November’s play calling. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! GO DAWGS!

            • Biggus Rickus

              Those things matter, but your ability to convert first downs on those plays also matters. Running the ball three times and punting doesn’t do much good even with a 21 point lead unless you’re getting pretty late in the game.

  7. 69Dawg

    I would really like to know if Chaney is giving Eason any alternative calls to make when it is obvious that the defense is loading the box. If he is then, Eason’s not making the right call. If he is not then we are playing with one hand tied behind our backs. When the D puts 9 in the box there needs to be something run to punish them for it.

    • Biggus Rickus

      They just threw the ball 55 times with 4 other passes resulting in sacks.

    • Sh3rl0ck

      I highly doubt he is getting the opportunity to make checks at the line. He was having a hard time just getting everyone lined up and getting the defensive alignment called. To trust him with making offensive adjustments right now is a bit of a reach. It will come with time though. The first check he will get will be to abandon a pass play for a run play when they have a mathematical advantage in the box.

  8. The Dawgs will live or die with Eason this season.

  9. dawgman3000

    Sky’s the limit when he gets some stud WRs to throw to.

  10. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    As long as we’re looking at what little data we have, here’s and interesting but of fun with computers:

  11. Are you counting G-Day stats in these figures? If not, you should, they are the most important of them all.

  12. sUGArdaddy

    “The Kid” is going to be something special.

  13. I would chalk this up mostly to way too small of a sample size.

    Only 22 attempts for the “while leading” section?

    Just 3 of those passes get caught and the completion % is the same.

    Another 60 yards and the yards per attempt is the same.

    Sample size too small.

  14. ugafidelis

    Mark Richt has lost control of Jacob Eason when he has the lead.

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