Jim Chaney’s juggling act

Far be it from me to suggest that Georgia’s offensive coordinator is having a boffo year at the box office, but I will say that I think he’s doing a better job than many of you give him credit for doing.  Mainly that’s because he’s still working his way around a couple of serious personnel shortcomings.  The offensive line is the most obvious one, but the true freshman quarterback is right behind them.

Don’t get me wrong.  Fromm’s done a great job keeping things together after being thrust prematurely into the starter’s role.  But, in the immortal words of Dirty Harry, a man’s gotta know his limitations, and it appears Chaney does.

If you’re looking for some examples of that, take a look at this Ian Boyd post.  Boyd nicely summarizes what Chaney faces in structuring a game plan with his current personnel in this paragraph:

The Georgia staff has two key areas to resolve with Fromm at the helm against better opponents. The first is easing pressure off the run game so that opponents don’t load the box and take away the Nick Chubb/Sonny Michel tandem. The other is easing the pressure off a freshman QB who’s not yet ready to carry the weight of the team.

A lot of Chaney’s difficulties stem from that, while Fromm does an excellent job with his pre-snap reads, he’s not experienced enough to deal with defensive adjustments after he makes that initial determination.  Sometimes, as we saw against Notre Dame, that leads to trouble.

As you watch that, keep an eye on the running back.  A more experienced quarterback would have gladly settled for dumping off the ball for an easy completion there.

Speaking of pre-snap reads, those are even easier for Fromm to handle when he’s making them from the shotgun or pistol rather than under center.  Given his background and experience, that’s hardly surprising.  Unfortunately, that can make for predictable playcalling.

Looking at last week’s game against Samford, Georgia broke away from at least one tendency it had the game prior against Notre Dame. Georgia increased its plays from under center with its first-team offense. In total, the Bulldogs ran 21 plays under center compared to 30 plays in the shotgun against Samford.

While Smart said switching between shotgun and from under center is “overrated” when it comes to analysis, it does play a part in what the opposition is trying to find out.

“They can look at those things, see it, try to get tendencies off it,” Smart said. “I think every coach in America is trying to break his tendencies.”

But the reason for noting the number of plays under center and out of the shotgun in the Samford game is important for one particular reason. Of the 21 plays under center, quarterback Jake Fromm threw from this spot zero times.

Fromm received only one passing call from under center against Notre Dame and he was sacked on the play.

The tendency here is that Fromm isn’t going to throw the ball when Georgia is under center.

All you can do is all you can do, obviously, and, to be fair, Georgia was going to run the ball down Samford’s throat no matter what formation in which it lined up.  Still, with an opponent like Mississippi State, which showed last week it does an excellent job with its game prep, that’s got to be a major concern.  Maybe Chaney deserves to be cut a little more slack than he gets.

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112 responses to “Jim Chaney’s juggling act

  1. Scott

    While I agree with this in principle, in the clip provided the situation was 3rd and 10 with less than a minute to go in the half. Dumping the ball off to the running back wasn’t necessarily the right choice, either. Sure, a punt is probably better than the INT there, but only marginally.

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    • Look more closely. All the DBs were run off. The only player within ten yards of the running back is a linebacker who dropped from the line into coverage and was just stopping his backpedal. I like Georgia’s odds there of converting.

      Besides, even if Fromm had completed the throw to the TE, it would have been short of the first down.

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      • Scott

        Yeah, I replied before I had my morning coffee….you’re probably right.

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      • Uglydawg

        And if you’re going to force it..force it deep. We had a couple of guys deep that were more open.
        But still, much praise for the things Fromm has done well. He’s a gamer.

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        • Agree. The point being made here isn’t that Fromm sucks. He’s doing exceptionally well given his obvious limitations.

          If you’re a Georgia fan, you ought to be ecstatic about the future at the QB position, given that the present ain’t all that bad.

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          • Junkyardawg41

            Totally agree — In fact in Fromm’s defense, Nauta ran a poor route. The out cut has to be sharp — more along the line of an L. Nauta isn’t sharp in his cut which gives the defender time to undercut it. If Nauta runs a sharper route, the pass is on time and the defender might defense but not intercept. It might not have been a first down but it would not have been an int. Fromm throws the pass right after the cut anticipating a better route than what ended up being run.

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      • saxd

        I just glanced at the film once, but isn’t Swift the back? I like his chances of making that one tackler miss, the way they’re both positioned.

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      • DawgByte

        I agree with you. It appears from was committed to throwing the out route from the snap of the ball. I think this zeroing in on a single option is an issue for both our QB’s. When they both learn to read the field more quickly they will progress much more quickly as QB’s.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      A punt is so much better there I can’t believe I even have to point it out. The difference between a team having the ball on their own 47 with 27 seconds left and inside their own 20 with about 15 is immense. I’m also not sure what Notre Dame’s timeout situation was. I think they had at least one, but if not, a completion short of the first down ends the half.

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    • What? The wide open man who almost certainly gets a first down wasn’t the right choice?

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree that passing to the RB is of little use in that situation. The RB was 10 yards from the marker, essentially stationary, he’d have to face the QB to make a reception, and an LB was in position to make the tackle immediately after a reception. Virtually no chance for a first down in that scenario.

      I’d argue Chaney actually put Fromm in position to fail IF Fromm executed the play as intended. For beginners it’s a difficult pass, along with being high risk. Expecting a true freshman to execute that play without a hitch is a reach. Chaney, who’s been around for decades, should know better.

      Fromm had good protection. I thought his better chances were to the WRs in the middle of the field. Or perhaps a fade.

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      • Agree that passing to the RB is of little use in that situation. The RB was 10 yards from the marker, essentially stationary, he’d have to face the QB to make a reception, and an LB was in position to make the tackle immediately after a reception. Virtually no chance for a first down in that scenario.

        What play are you looking at? The linebacker was at least five yards away when the ball was thrown and just coming out of a backpedal. The back catches the ball in space. No way that’s an immediate tackle.

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        • W Cobb Dawg

          The RB (Michel?) is at the line of scrimmage, 10 yards from the 1st down marker when the ball is thrown. The LB, seeing Michel and getting ready to close in, can cover those 5 yards easily by the time Michel catches a ball and turns to advance. Michel gets 3, maybe 6 yards. No first down in other words. There’s no argument about Michel being open to make a catch. But the chances of him getting 10 yards for a first down are remote.

          I’ll agree your preference is far less risky, Brother Bluto. The pass Fromm made was risky. A pass to Michel likely doesn’t get a 1st down. So I don’t like either option. Which is another reason why I don’t care for Chaney’s playcalling.

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        • It looks to me as though Fromm would have needed to slide to his left and reset his feet to hit the RB. It was bottling up in front of him on his right. Not to justify the pass be did make, but not sure if hitting the RB was an easy option either.

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    I’ve been critical of Chaney since the end of last season, but I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised with him so far this year. The next few weeks will especially be telling, but I think we are on the right path and I have far more confidence overall in his abilities.

    I could be dead wrong of course, but something tells me our O might have a bit of a breakout game vs. MSU where everything clicks or goes our way, in which we then all worry about some sort of regression against UT next week.

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    • dawgtired

      I’m interested to see how Chaney will develop, or I should say materialize, as an OC as the OL improves and the QB gains experience. We so often hear about how coordinators have to ‘scale down’ their schemes to ‘fit’ the personal. It’s hard for the average fan (like myself) to know the ‘whys’ when things go wrong and sometimes blame the wrong person. I can’t imagine it being the OC’s fault when the OL can’t get a push on 4th and 1 though.

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  3. Mayor

    Damn it Senator! You’re about to convince me that Chaney is doing about as well as he, or anybody else, can in this situation.

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    • Well, like I said, let’s not go too far here. But I do think we under-appreciate Chaney’s situation.

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      • Otto

        Agreed Chaney has done a decent job. I want to see him with a healthy 2nd year starter at QB. He has done a decent job of getting production out of true Freshman QBs while also keeping their interception totals low.

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        • Chaney wasn’t great last year, but he wasn’t as awful as we think either. Eason missed a ton of check downs and overthrew a lot of guys too.

          Chaney isn’t Bobo circa 2014, but he’s not Schotty either.

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  4. 92 grad

    I agree. My thoughts have been that Chaney finds himself in a bit of an unfair situation. The talk all off season had been “the O needs to step it up” so one would think that the team, and Eason, had been working hard to elevate their game. Then right out of knowhere it’s all been taken away. The cool part is that Fromm came in from the word go to do a great job, which means the whole offensive unit has adjusted as well. Really underrated how good a job the whole team has done being so flexible.

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  5. pantslesspatdye

    Nope. No slack. Although, I don’t hate him.

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  6. DK

    Something I want to comment on here is that this year’s team is consistent in what they do on both sides of the ball through 3 games. The 1st Team D is lights out, and the offense (albeit with aforementioned shortcomings) is consistent. The maddening thing about teams from years past is how they seemingly show up one game (i.e. UNC) then sh*t a brick the next week (i.e. Nicholls). Season is still young but it’s been nice so far having an expectation of how the team will perform and having that met.

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    • Russ

      Excellent point. I think consistency has been missing for a while. Main thing is we want to cut out the face plants. If we get beat, then lose giving our best shot.

      As for Chaney, he’s gone from bad to mediocre in my book. Good coaches develop plans the let players use their talents. They don’t force players to do what they aren’t suitable for. Last year, we tried smash mouth football with a line ill-suited for it. At least this year, he’s mixing it up some.

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  7. SemperFiDawg

    Agreed. I think Chaney has done a great job given what he has to work with. Armchair coaches may disagree, but we are 3-0. Fact. Also regarding tendencies, I watched the replay of the MSU LSU GAME last night. Two things stood out. 1). Fitzgerald is great at looking off defenders. 2) He has a tell. When under center it seemed to me one can tell which direction the play will go based on his stance of which foot was forward and which was back.

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    • Got Cowdog

      2) Good catch. 1) Roquan is pretty quick. If he is the spy Fitzgerald may not have time to look off.
      I saw that play where he went down the LOS almost to the sideline, the look-off keeping the D at bay. I don’t think he will be able to get away with that against this defense.

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      • Got Cowdog

        In fact, MSU may be the Boogeyman, but he ain’t that damn big of a Boogeyman. Puckermeter down to 70%, in the “Wary” range.

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  8. With all due respect guys, I’m not ready to drink all this Kool-Aid with ya’ll just yet. But feel free to pour yourselves another glass. Maybe I can indulge myself a little further down the schedule.

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  9. We also don’t know what restrictions, if any Smart is placing on Chaney. Defensive minded head coaches attitude towards offense is usually like a physicians approach to a patient: “First do no harm.”

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  10. Derek

    The defense and the special teams are making the offenses job easy and they’re still making it look hard. As much as the line is shaky and our inexperienced qb makes rookie mistakes, I think if we cleaned up the drops things would start to click just enough to keep advancing.

    We really don’t have any offensive “juggernauts” on the schedule. We don’t need great offense. We just need a competent offense that takes care of the ball.

    When are we going to see 4 and 16 get some “easy” touches? Shovel passes, reverses, screens, tunnel screens, etc…

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  11. ChiliDawg

    Another reason why it’d be nice to have Eason back for this Saturday.

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  12. Fromm’s INT against ND was incredibly frustrating. Sony is so wide open and all he has to do is make one man miss (with 5 yards between them) and it’s a first down on third and 10 and a huge gain.

    This is the same stuff we saw Eason struggle with a year ago. The easy dump offs are often there yet it’s just something young QBs struggle with I suppose.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      The weirdest flaw I’ve seen from Fromm is that he doesn’t keep his eyes down the field when the pocket breaks down, immediately looking to run. Maybe he was playing against people he could run on in high school, but it’s a strange flaw for a pocket QB to have.

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      • Fromm is a talented freshman who makes rookie mistakes. Just like Eason. It’s why I so badly wanted to see Eason play this year to see if he cleaned those mistakes up.

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        • D.N. Nation

          On UGA’s first series this season, one of the three Eason played in, he missed Chubb wide open on a check down. Urnnnnnghhhhh….

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          • Greg

            Correct….he certainly did it a lot last year also, every game. Think we see less of it with Fromm in there. No QB is perfect….thinks there is a reason why his teammates talk so positively about him (Fromm).

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      • Yep, watching someone like Brady slide up in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield the whole time, is a thing of beauty. But Brady has a little more experience than Fromm.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Eason did it just last year as a freshman. He wasn’t without his own flaws, but this wasn’t among them. I just find it to be a weird one. Locking in on receivers, not going through the progressions, misreading coverages, messing up handoffs, and being out of sync with receivers are all things I expect from true freshmen.

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  13. John Denver is full of shit...

    Maybe. I will believe it after this game if he doesnt get cute on a 3rd down.

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  14. doofusdawg

    Unfortunately Fromm appears to be doing the same thing that Eason was doing… zeroing in on his first target… not looking anybody off… and throwing into coverage requiring our guy to beat their guy for the ball.

    Go back and look at the first play against Samford. We had a back in the left flat that might have scored but Fromm went for his first read. That happens so often that I would think that Chaney could tell Fromm to key off the linebacker as the first read on that play…at least occasionally. If the backer doesn’t follow Chubb to the flat then get him the damn ball. But this would require an adjustment by Chaney and I still don’t think he has it in him.

    Still waiting for the bootleg. I think we are the only team in all of football that hasn’t run it. Guess we are saving it for the game where we absolutely need a first down to stay in the game because our running game is getting stuffed. Then again it could be our ticket for getting Fields… telling him we would like to run it but we just don’t have the quarterback to do it. Memories of a throwaway season.

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  15. Macallanlover

    Some one is going to throw a pass from the WildDawg formation this week. No one is stupid enough to have run that so many times without attempting to set something up, this is the game we bust a pass off of it, if needed. If we are doing well and don’t need it, we will see it in Knox. If I don’t see it, it will be proof that Chaney should be let go in mid-season, just let the two QBs make the decisions.

    I am more worried about their nose guard disrupting our fun game. We have to double team him every play, and run wider. This is definitely a game where our improvement on STs may be the difference maker.

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    • merk

      Well mecole was a QB in highschool, so he can actually throw. If you put Michel, Chubb, and him in the backfield with Mecole as QB, you have 3 backs who can run an option play, you can have one drop into the flats for a quick run/pass option, or you have a quick play-action and a speedy WR on a fly route or deep post (assuming the safeties are baited in by the wild-dawg formation.

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      • For the wildcat to really work, it seems to me like you have to run it a lot. You have to accept that sometimes they stuff it, but that if you run it enough and make the right reads, it will work.

        Our problem is that we try to just get a little bit pregnant with it.

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      • Macallanlover

        But it is doomed if you never, never pass from it. and that is what we have done. I say can it, but we had better pass from it or be doomed. Even Herschel would have been kept under 200 if all 11 come into the box.

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  16. steve

    I have several thoughts:
    1. Fromm is not successful because of a suddenly changed Chaney, but the other way around.
    2. We’ve all known people who can calculate stress loads of walls but put a wheelbarrow and shovel in their hands and they become Daffy Duck. Chaney seems to have some of that in him during the game. Paralysis by analysis makes him appear incompetent when, in fact, he may have simply too much stored data. Doesn’t matter. Fromm’s downhill progression with the microsecond speed edge and obvious urgency forces a rhythm that cancels Chaney’s indecisive confusion.
    3. Why hasn’t Chaney been offered a HC job if he is so good? He is 55 yo, coached since 1985 at 9 different stops and was the interim HC for 1 game. He is the Willie Martinez of OCs. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a HC? But I think he would be a very good HC. Better HC than OC.
    Remember when Bobo started his on-the-job training under CMR? After a few years he became very good. Even with green QBs. How many times do you hear about the number of QBs Bobo coached? How many times do you hear about Drew Brees and Chaney? Constantly. Success by association? Hell, I saw Mike Tyson in a red sports car in Vegas at a stop light and said ‘Hey, champ’. That doesn’t mean I can put by fist through a barn stall a pull a Holstein through the hole. Chaney didn’t make Drew good.
    4. His problem, IMO, as an OC, is in the stressful elements during game time when he is required to call three plays in a row. Re-watch how completely uncoordinated they are and none appear to include the D alignment as an active variable.
    Eason has undeniable FB talent. Fromm has the urgency of a man running to release a colonic avalanche in a flower pot. Right now I think Chaney is intimidated by Kirby. GOOD.

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    • JPDawg

      “the urgency of a man running to release a colonic avalanche in a flower pot”

      I’ve never heard it put quite that way.

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    • Greg

      excellent post, especially the first statement. Have thought that for a while now…thinks Fromm is gonna make Chaney look like a hero (if he sticks with him). Thinks Brees did the same, Chaney needs a coach on the field at QB.

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    • Take out the FCS opponent when Fromm threw it 13 times and Fromm has looked rather average (in fact, he’s been worse than average from a QB rating perspective). Chaney isn’t an elite OC (by any stretch) but for the life of me I don’t get the rush to praise Fromm when loads of evidence prove the opposite.

      Chaney has done good work this season trying to mask the issues we face at QB and OL. But when you run the system Kirby wants run, it’s damn hard to succeed on offense while trying to hide the OL and QB.

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      • steve

        ‘I don’t get the rush to praise Fromm when loads of evidence prove the opposite.’
        You are entirely correct. This thread is about Chaney, but Chaney’s success appears to be measured largely by the QB success, who, at this moment is Fromm.
        Didn’t you feel the instant change when Fromm entered the game for his first series? It was like the garage door suddenly got lubricated and stopped squeaking. He looked like a QB pushing the team, not a tight end lumbering back to the huddle.

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        • I noticed Chaney immediately called safer plays, yes. And with the exception of the deep ball to Mecole against ND, Chaney has called a very conservative game for Fromm each week out. I don’t think we can do that this week (or really any week moving forward)

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  17. W Cobb Dawg

    Chaney is mediocre. And saying he doesn’t have sufficient talent is b.s. Most OC’s would salivate to have the players we have. He’s in the camp I call ‘OCs who don’t seem to comprehend an offense’s objective is to score points’. His inability to score points almost lost the ND game, and is more than likely going to cost us wins in 2017, just as it did last year.

    Coaching matters. As soon as Fountain hit town the STs improved dramatically. It’s only a matter of time before the incompetent Beamer is shelved. We’re going to see that same situation on offense as soon as Kirby finds a capable OC to replace Chaney.

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    • merk

      I know, he totally didn’t call 2 pass plays that were TDs (both of which hit a WR in their hands). Also didn’t call another TD play that was slightly overthrown/possibly interfered on.

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    • Chaney can’t hide GCG getting blown up. I don’t know who could. He’s not great, but he’s adequate.

      He’s not letting the offense lose games that defense and special teams can win. It’s not the most exciting brand of football, but it’s what we’re going to have to get used to until we stack a few years worth of OL recruits.

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    • dawgman3000

      So when the play calls work, its because of the players. If the play calls fail, its Chaney’s fault. Smh

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  18. Hogbody Spradlin

    Senator you’re cutting a fine line here. You’re about two red c**t hairs beyond damning him with faint praise.

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  19. Rocket Dawg

    I am no Chaney fan/apologist however I feel like he is doing a pretty good job this year. The play calling at times is still inconsistent and frustrating. That being said the offense is less of a liability this year than the last two and I feel like Chaney is being given more latitude to call plays to win the game as opposed to last year when it was “imposing our will” etc.

    Dropped passes continue to plague the WR’s. We would have blown ND out if Mecole hangs on to the bomb that Fromm put on the money. If I am not mistaken he dropped another sure TD against Samford as well.

    The Oline is getting better and I think they turn into an asset by the end of the season.

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  20. Willie

    Any OC that can’t put some combination of Chubb, Sony and Swift on the field at the same time on a consistent basis is hopeless.

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  21. Will Trane

    I do not see what you see in that clip re Fromm.
    Try to look at the play from his eyes. Notice how quick his o-line is being pushed back on him by four down-linemen. To his left is where his throwing lane is more open. Probably can not see over the line good enough to risk that throw.
    Plus his intended receiver did him no help on shielding the defender. And he could have. He knew the corner was coming to him. Plus if completed, it is a first down.
    Most of the high school QBs coming into D1 come from offenses where the QB does not go under center. Think about that for awhile, and where Dawgs are going with their playbook.
    My previous comment about shotgun and under center is not about Fromm, but about the center and guard. Those inside gaps or lanes are not there as much as they should be.
    MSU’s nose tackle is going to be an issue for the center and guard. They had better step up their play. Let’s see how the “pad” level from the O-line goes against Grantham and his D line.
    Go back and chart the pass plays over the middle [last and current season]. Mecole had one in ND game. Why? He has the speed to hit it and fly out on quick timing.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      A) He’s locked in on Nauta from go. B) The protection is about as good as protection can be. C) The linebacker dropped into the passing lane. The tight end couldn’t shield him.

      It’s pretty obvious that he made his read and decided where he was going before the snap. He was wrong, as freshmen often are.

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  22. DawgPhan

    The offense is improved this year. I feel like he probably has gotten a bad deal with 2 years of true freshman QBs. That’s tough.

    But there are coaches out there doing more with less.

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  23. Stoopnagle

    It’s likely just me, but it seems Fromm is getting more help than Eason did last year re: shotgun vs under-center.

    Also, I’d be keeping either guy as far away from that MSU nose tackle as I could, tendencies be damned.

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    • Russ

      I’ve thought the same. Last year Eason was under center defense be damned. Almost like Chaney/Kirby was trying to make a point.

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  24. cali_dawg

    The tight ends being a total nonstarter, Nauta in particular, is still frustrating as hell. Not sure how much of that is Cheney vs Fromm vs Smart punishing them for not “practicing like champions.”

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    • 92 grad

      I think this is the big disconnect that doesn’t get attention. If Kirby is working off the Saban way of doing things then the goal of the team is not to win games. There is no win or lose, or even a game, or hell, opponent.

      The mental approach is to do your job as well as expected. As a player the job is to do your task. If the focus is intense enough it never brings into question whether there is an opponent or whether the team wins or loses. You perform to a standard and whether or not it results in winning or losing is irrelevant. The result of your work is out of your control. Wins happen as a by product, not part of the individual focus. The means to an end are this, means is practice and the end is the expected standard.

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  25. DawgFlan

    I would echo much of what has been said: Chaney is indeed in a tough spot with another Freshman QB and work-in-progress OL, and adjusting admirably.

    The reason I think so many fans find the offensive play-calling frustrating, myself included, is that Chaney seems to have about 100 plays that operate independently of each other, instead of any type of recognizable offensive system where we see the base plays morph into counters, mis-directs, bootlegs, and RPOs as the defense attempts to adjust.

    It’s possible to be “multiple” and also have an identity, and I haven’t figured out who UGA is offensively. Has anyone?

    Maybe a freshman QB is holding Chaney back significantly, but I can’t shake the feeling that Chaney is still doesn’t have a coherent offensive scheme that drives the sequence of his calls, within a game or across them.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      “…Chaney seems to have about 100 plays that operate independently of each other, instead of any type of recognizable offensive system where we see the base plays morph into counters, mis-directs, bootlegs, and RPOs as the defense attempts to adjust.”

      Agree, and good summary of the situation.

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  26. Cojones

    I’ll continue to hold my opinion of the job Chaney is doing this year until after two SEC games are under our belt. By then we will know what is and what ain’t.

    Senator, with all this drubbing of Chaney going on, have I been in a ganja fog or did I see where UGA was pretty damned good in the red zone thus far this year? Wasn’t that a big goal this year?

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    • D.N. Nation

      Georgia has scored on 100% (12-12) of its red zone possessions. 9 TDs, 3 FGs.

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    • SemperFiDawg

      Brother your perception is inverted doncha kno? According to many above no person ( staff nor player) is responsible far any positive aspect of this season. The best one can say is that the Red Zone itself has been merciful to the team this year. Attribute actions to innate objects or chance. Got it?

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  27. Greg

    “Speaking of pre-snap reads, those are even easier for Fromm to handle when he’s making them from the shotgun or pistol rather than under center”

    How is that easier??

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  28. Eh, I guess. I have a hard time getting over starting a crucial fourth quarter drive on the road, down by a score (and answering ND’s FG drive to take the lead with ten minutes left in the game) with a wild-dawg trick play that fooled none of the players, coaches, fans or stadium vendors from the opposing team.

    In that situation, you go to the handful of plays you have the most faith in to move the ball and get a score, especially since your offense had largely been ineffective up to that point. If this were the 2016 defense, that drive probably ends the game in a loss, because ND would have ran out the clock and/or put up another score. Fortunately, the defense bailed him out this year.

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  29. Jared S.

    So I’m one of many who enjoys – even looooves – football but just doesn’t know a lot about the Xs and Os of it all.

    Which is yet another reason why I read this blog pretty much every day – especially during the season – because it helps me to understand the game better. Specifically what I’m seeing on the field for Georgia.

    Countless times over the last three seasons I’ve noticed something different in a Georgia offense or defense but not known exactly why, only to find the answer here. Either because of an observation of the senator’s, one of the commenters here, or a link to a breakdown from some other source.

    Thanks.

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  30. Cojones

    Also, the wild dog O: with Mecole handling the ball and not knowing whether the Dawg QB is going to run or pass, the other RB (Chubb/Swift) can be used to take a D in the opposite direction in a fake handoff and now you have a QB that can pass OR RUN and that makes it dangerous. Thus far, we aren’t running it that way, instead, we seem to let Mecole run straight ahead as if it is a normal handoff to a RB.

    I think they should stay with the wild dog and fake some D guys out of their jocks by using it like the surprise package it’s supposed to be. Haven’t seen a good variation of that play this year and think they may be holding back for Mecole to throw a pass to himself ( 🙂 ) before they get to the nitty-gritty.

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  31. In the gif example provided here, the dump off to a running back would have achieved little. It was 3rd and 10 with 32 seconds left in the half. Ostensibly UGA was throwing on that drive to move the ball and get points, not play field position. There’s never a good time for a pick but I’d rather see a bad throw to the sticks than a white flag throw to a TB with no hope of moving the chains.

    The key is Chaney has to structure his gameplans on keeping Fromm out of third and long. He has done an average job of this, but Georgia hasn’t played an SEC defense yet. The Dawgs have to find a way to pick up positive yardage on first down consistently. Fromm’ success, at least this year, depends on putting him into manageable mid-yardage situations, where the defense will be a lot less sure of what the Dawgs will do.

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  32. Athens Dog

    I never knew we had so many OC candidates…………

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  33. 69Dawg

    If you think the TE’s have been invisible so far this season, Saturday night they start being the 6th and 7th offense lineman. If that tackle for MSU is half as good as advertised we have to double him to have any hope. In doing that you have to use the TE’s as blockers. That being said if they can sneak one of them off the line and if Fromm can actually see them it may help. After Saturday we will know if we have a good team or just another throw away season.

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