The dilemma of making Fromm beat you

Will Muschamp, just on the receiving end of that approach, has nothing but good things to say about Georgia’s freshman quarterback.  Especially his smarts:

Yet in Georgia’s first two possessions last Saturday, which consisted of 21 plays for 136 yards, Fromm threw nine times and left Muschamp just as marveled by the quarterback’s intelligence as his talents.

“You’ve got to make extremely quick decisions with the ball in your hand as far as handing it off, pulling the ball or making an accurate throw in tight space while a receiver is running,” Muschamp said. “It’s extremely difficult, and I thought he really managed those first two drives, because he took their offense down the field primarily throwing RPOs. We were obviously committed to stopping the run, which left some one-on-ones, and he was very accurate with the football.

“You’ve got to tip your hat to him on that.”

You can pick your poison as a defensive coordinator, but Chaney’s done a good job as the season’s progressed of taking what defenses are offering his offense.  The RPOs have obviously been a significant component of that success.

As I’ve noted, one of Fromm’s strengths is his acuity making pre-snap reads.  Can Auburn pull off enough trickeration after his read to affect Fromm’s play?  Fromm has certainly had those occasional moments from week to week where he reminds us he’s still learning;  South Carolina had a couple of opportunities to pick off passes when the defensive backs shifted to press coverage at the snap.

Still, he’s been sharp enough all season long.

“I think playing in that Notre Dame environment was really good for him because that was one of the tougher environments,” Smart said. “Early in the Tennessee game was that way. He continues to improve each day, and this will be another tough environment. He has to make good decisions. He has to execute the plan. He has to be able to give the playmakers the ball.

“As long as he does those things and makes good decisions, we are a pretty good football team.”

Should make for an interesting chess match.

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20 responses to “The dilemma of making Fromm beat you

  1. 202dawg

    “Early in the Tennessee game was that way…” Suck it, Vols!

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  2. paul

    I’m old and my brain ain’t what it used to be. But it seems to me that Notre Dame has been the only game where we didn’t really develop a pretty significant momentum advantage early on. That one was close start to finish. And we haven’t had to mount a comeback win yet. I think Auburn has the capacity to test us. Thankfully, we’ve got a few games under our belt at this point. It will be interesting to see how we play. Will we simply keep chopping wood? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it philosophy? Or do we have some new wrinkles in store for the War Eagles? The downside being if we try new things that don’t end up working we keep their crowd in the game. I might have to chew some of my wife’s Tums.

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    • Jack Burton

      We trailed ND basically the whole game.

      The Fromm completion to Wims could turn out to be the play of the entire season. It certainly is up to this point.

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      • paul

        True, but we kept things very close. 3-3 end of first, 10-13 (ND) at half, 17-16 (GA) at the end of three and 20-19 to finish. I think both Georgia and Auburn score more than 20 but this game could be equally as tight at the end. However, Auburn’s propensity for explosive plays could put us down by more than one score at some point. I believe the possibility exists for momentum swings we have yet to see this season.

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      • That one could have easily been blown open if Mecole holds on to the dagger shot after the first sack fumble at midfield, too.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Woodford Reserve helped me with South Carolina. Try it.

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      • Macallanlover

        I have found it to be effective in a huge variety of other uses, and times. 🙂 There are other terrific options when the Woodford runs low (which is rare.)

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        • paul

          I do like Woodford. However, I also keep Knob Creek and Bulleit on hand. Actually I’ve really been liking the Bulleit lately. Knob Creek tends to be my go to, with Woodford being more of a special occasion pour. And you got to have a little Jack Daniels every now then for a change of pace.

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          • 92 grad

            Bulleit has been my daily pour for quite a while now. I like their rye too, especially in an old fashioned. It’s priced right and it’s good. I buy a bulleit and another random bottle every couple weeks, my real sipping favorite is Basil Hayden. Try it if you can, nice.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Yes sir! In fact, in helping me cope with South Carolina, Woodford Reserve probably got me out of ever having to attend another wedding involving Mrs. Cowdog’s siblings!

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    • Macallanlover

      The ND game was close because Fromm was still “under wraps” be design of the coaches…especially with running the ball. He had 20+ yards, minimum, on many running plays had he chosen/been allowed to run it. But Eason was not available that night. Not sure why they couldn’t have let him keep a couple at key times with strict instructions to slide if he got within 8 yards of a defender. Would have saved us all some concern in the 4th quarter.

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  3. Jack Klompus

    You pointed out my biggest fear playing against a well coached D-disguising the defense and causing Fromm to make the wrong pre-snap read. One would think that Boom would have the apptitude to do this, but maybe not the J&Js. Definitely a concern with Bama. But I guess we’re nit there yet.

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  4. dawg

    Auburn overrated as usual. Dawgs roll.

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  5. First someone must stop the run and get out to a double digit lead on us so we must go to a passing game ….till then the field general Fromm is fine

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  6. artful codger

    Obviously they have grown since the 3rd week of the season, but they were -5 turnovers when they entertained little Mercer @ J-H.

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  7. dawgfan

    Get after the QB. Win the TO battle. No special teams breakdowns. Run the damn ball. Fromm’s got his part covered.

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