“He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of SEC quarterbacks.”

This Chip Towers piece could be entitled “In Search of Jacob Eason’s Button”.  Will it be the threat of Jake Fromm starting that unlocks Eason’s inner competitor?  How about the easy dismissals coming from pundits everywhere?  What is the key that will unlock Eason’s heart?

I’m gonna go with a better offensive line myself.

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UPDATE:  This, too, strikes me as more relevant than some of the quasi-juice being served up.

Because if Hurts, Eason and Co. don’t live up to expectations, it won’t just be on them. It will reflect poorly on the league and its coaches for not developing them as well.

If we’re going to put Hurts under the microscope, we should go ahead and throw Nick Saban under it, too. The same goes for Eason and Kirby Smart, Stidham and Gus Malzahn and the rest of the QB/coach tandems in the league.

Amen to that.

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20 responses to ““He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of SEC quarterbacks.”

  1. Navin Johnson

    If I were Kirby, that Towers article would put a smile on my face. Come to think of it, after what we learned recently regarding Kirby and his “boys” on the local Bulldog beat, maybe this article was his idea!

    Not really, but Kirby has to like this piece. It is not quite Pat-Dye-man-enough, but it’s great.

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  2. JCDAWG83

    I didn’t realize the head coach was the qb coach at every school. Kirby not having a qb coach may be a reason for concern but I don’t think you can place blame for bad qb play on the head coach’s shoulders alone.

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    • The article mentions Chaney.

      If the buck doesn’t stop with the head coach, though, where does it stop?

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      • PTC DAWG

        IF we have 2-3 QB’s in a row that don’t pan out, I somewhat get the point. Same with any Coach..when that happens, Coaches get fired.

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        • If you’ve got a heralded recruit like Eason who, despite an inconsistent freshman year, displays impressive physical attributes, and you can’t develop him into a competent starting quarterback, I don’t know if that gets you fired, but it should sure open you up to fair criticism.

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          • Otto

            The entire team was inconsistent which as I have posted in the past is to be expected. Year 2 should show good progress. Year 3 will have a 3rd year QB and another heralded recruit that was hopefully brought along at a more normal development rate. 1 QB can bust, 2 is a trend. Ramsey was expected to be the starter if the coaching staff did not change and we will never know what the he could have done with the staff that recruited him.

            I am not entirely happy with the team’s development last year but I am far from shocked or calling for firings. I expect a 3 loss year which would still be progress over last year.

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          • JN

            So…are you saying we should have gotten more out of Geno Atkins while he was in Athens…

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      • MGW

        I’d say Saban’s earned himself a couple of mulligans, though.

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      • JCDAWG83

        It’s all on the head coach ultimately but qb development is not always the head coach’s job. Rumor is; we’ve missed on a number of top qbs because they didn’t like the fact there was no qb coach and they weren’t overly impressed with Chaney.

        If the offense doesn’t look much better this season it will be interesting to see if Kirby has the same stubborn loyalty Richt had to his assistants.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    I have a hard time blaming the coach for every QB that didn’t pan out. Seems like a reach to me.

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  4. Skeptic Dawg

    I have said this recently, but I am still not sold on Eason. Before you go nuts, no, I am not saying that Fromm will/should be the starting QB by any stretch of the imagination. What I am saying is that Eason showed massive holes in his game early in the season and did not greatly improve upon those holes as the season when along. There are two aspects of his game that need to be shored up prior to game one of his sophomore season…field vision and accuracy. You could easily argue that one or both were a result of an awful OL in 2016 and I would be hard pressed to argue otherwise. Either way, if Georgia truly is bound for the SEC East title in 2017 the kid has a long way to go and a short time to get there.

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  5. Is Eason sort of getting a bad deal? I feel like there a lot of criticism for a guy who started as a true frosh with the OL. I mean, he didn’t appear to improve as much as Stafford did from first start to bowl game, but he’s more of a Stafford-Lite anyway, right?

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    • Otto

      He didn’t start out as bad as Stafford did as well. Chaney also seemed to migrate more towards a higher percentage of the game from under center which is not where Eason played in High School. Eason looked solid against Mizzou out of the shotgun early in the season. GT he struggled but that was after Sony and Chubb talked to Chaney.

      As I’ve posted in the past I want to see a break down of the offense’s production under center and out of the shotgun/pistol over the entire season.

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    • MGW

      First of all he’s bigger than Stafford but they were ranked about the same and similarly hyped. But yes he’s getting a very bad deal. People put way too much stock in freshmen now. Back then it was “Stafford’s a freshman, but he’s really showing flashes; can’t wait to see what the future holds”. Now its “well he shows flashes, and he’s a freshman, but I’m disappointed and worried about the future.”

      His freshman stats are better than Stafford’s were. People say “well the comparison is uncanny.” Yeah about half the numbers are close, but where they’re not close, Eason blows Stafford’s freshman season out of the water. Just look at the TD/INT ratio. Plus Stafford had a good offense around him; Eason had a “last year’s coach got fired for poor talent evaluation, especially at O-line” kind of team around him.

      We all know Stafford went on to greatness and I think that hindsight kind of clouds the comparison for most people, especially these national pundit types who don’t want their “predictions” to be wrong.

      If the receivers will actually catch some balls and the line can be even mediocre, the kid’s going to go off this year.

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      • JCDAWG83

        I guess Stafford has gone on to financial greatness but I haven’t seen any real greatness in his on field results as they pertain to winning big. He’s got a big arm and a lot of talent but he’s pretty much done the same in Detroit as he did in Athens with a much bigger payday.

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        • 69Dawg

          You know it is a business and he is going to be one of the highest paid QB’s in the business so you can be disappointed and I’m sure Matt really won’t lose sleep over it.

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        • MGW

          No I agree: pro bowler, fastest player to reach 30k yards in NFL history, one of four players to throw over 5k yards in a season. Did all that with Detroit, though. No telling how bad it would have been if he had been drafted to some dump.

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  6. Rebar

    Seems like an unfair comparison to Stafford; Eason’s receivers haven’t really knocked it out of the park.

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  7. Confucius

    Fromm. Eason transfers back to washington. I’m driving the uhaul

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    • 69Dawg

      Yea I know I want another Freshman QB for another throw away year because he’s a Georgia kid. Get over it.

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