A quarterbacks coach’s work is never done.

Speaking of Fromm, there is something he needs to improve on this offseason.  Take a look at his final passing chart.

He’s definitely got some work to do on his throwing to the right side of the field.  I don’t know if it’s a physical or a mental issue (I would guess the former), but there’s little doubt he’s more comfortable throwing across his body, based on those stats.

The other informative stat from the linked piece is this:

The Georgia offensive line definitely played a role in Fromm’s success. He was pressured on just 27.4 percent of his total drop backs, and had a pressure rate under 20 percent in seven different games.

Can you imagine how Eason’s freshman season might have gone with that kind of protection?  Or Aaron Murray’s career?

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46 responses to “A quarterbacks coach’s work is never done.

  1. Barstool

    Me thinks a lot of this has to do with WR placement and his respective comfort/chemistry with them over the whole year. Wims was typically on the left, and that chemistry/trust was there literally from game 1. Others (on the right) grew over time. Not sole factor, but a big one.

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  2. artful codger

    Wims being the leftside WR was favorited moreso than the left side itself, or so goes my opinion.

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  3. gastr1

    The thing I think about with this, other than Wims obviously lining up left, is that fir a right-hander to throw to the right you often have to turn your body and head such that you don’t see the left side so easily. And although Wynn was over there, that’s typically also where the best pass rushers are. So I wonder if it’s a trust and/or vision issue too. Maybe even arm strength–if he has to turn farther around to truly whip the ball out on that side.

    Either way I expect it will be evened out next year…if not I’m sure we’ll all be wondering what the deal is.

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    • Cojones

      Fromme’s ability to evade the incoming rusher improved as the year went on and he seemed to sense the collapse on the right (whenever it occurred) by stepping up into the pocket more than if the rusher came from the left. More than once he evaded a tackler with great moves and he seemed to use his strength to shed a tackle (OU).

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    • J-DawG

      I think it’s more a developmental issue. I buy Chaney as a good OC, but Kirby needs to spend that 10th assistant money on a real QB coach. I just don’t think Chaney really “developed” Fromm as he should have. Hire Murray as a QB coach and watch Fromm and Fields go thru the roof. We have the talent. It’s a sin if it’s not properly coached up.

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      • It seems like such a cliche’ (every team wants to hire one of their old heros), but I really don’t think you could have a better match from a communication and game similarity standpoint. From the limited media time we have seen of Fromm he seems like a spitting image of Murray in attitude and mindset and their games are strikingly similar.

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        • DawgPhan

          It’s dumb football daydreaming, but I would love to see a dedicated QB coach with the 10th spot. and I think ideally he would be a young QB who just finished up his playing days. Murray would be great. DJ would be good. He has stayed around football, coaches son.

          But I think that QB, in general, needs so much more work than the other positions that I would stick the new resource there.

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      • TXBaller

        I think Jesse Stone is working exclusively with the QB’s. To his credit, he’s had back to back SEC Frosh of the Year award winners. And I think he’s a Chaney ‘guy” that implements the thoughts of CJC onto the QBs. I’m not an advocate of bringing on a “coach” that more times than not forced bad decisions & threw a ton of picks.

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  4. Jack Burton

    Eason couldn’t pull the trigger the rare moments he had time as a freshman. Having time to throw also would not have put touch on his passes.

    Holding the ball too long, late decisions and no touch, along with a lack of understanding of where his best options are pre-snap played as much of a role in Eason’s problems as lack of protection.

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  5. Hodgie

    Two observations
    1. Wims
    2. Jacob Eason’s Left side was his bugaboo. All qbs have physical limitations. However, Wims was the main reason Fromm’s stats were skewed.

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  6. JasonC

    Aside from the point about Wims, I think Wynn being on the left helped too. I thought I saw a stat at mid season that also showed UGA was more successful running to the left also. Remember, as good as Thomas was as a freshman, he was still learning early on. And Kindley was battling ankle problems that kept him from playing his best. Fromm might have had more hands in his face on the right side.

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  7. Macallanlover

    Definitely need to work on the left/right imbalance to determine is it is alignment, or a JF issue. I am sure someone could see if this was similar in his HS stats.

    As to the lack of pressure, certainly some was due to OL improvement, but never heard an analyst that didn’t mention Jake’s pre-snap reads allowing him to make quicker decisons, and get the ball out of his hands faster. He also seemed to sense pressure quicker and slide to buy an extra second to step into the throw. So, the line was better, as was the QB performance.

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  8. Granthams replacement

    The 2016 OL would affect Tom Brady’s passing stats. I’m still wondering why the TEs were not targeted more on play action,especially with only one go to WR.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I’m still wondering why people are obsessed with throwing to tight ends.

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      • I’m still wondering why we aren’t throwing to them more.

        I don’t know why Chaney thinks targeting the TE’s in the middle of the field is such a bad idea. Has something changed with the defenses?

        It always seemed to me that a TE was an automatic mismatch. Either they put a LB on him and he’s too slow or they put a DB on them and they’re too small.

        Maybe the spread has caused teams to put so many, smallish, fast LB’s out there that the advantage there once was is gone.

        Does Chris brown have an answer??

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Georgia threw the ball less than 20 times in eight games last year. They had two excellent wideouts from the jump, and Hardman developed into one as the season progressed. They were also trying to work the ball to Swift in space and throwing the ball to Michel on occasion. Georgia has nice tight ends – though Nauta obviously wasn’t making coaches and looked like he ran pretty lazy routes in several situations where they did try to target him – but none of them are as good as the receivers and running backs. Beyond all of that, Georgia threw the ball effectively most of the year with freshman QB, so, again, I don’t get why so many people are obsessed with throwing to tight ends.

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          • gastr1

            I don’t think Nauta blocked very well either. At the end of the season the best combination of hands, routes, and blocking appeared to be Woerner.

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        • I think part of it was kind of what the defense gave. They were huge chess match factors when we would put multiple on the field and give those imbalanced looks with H-back and slot tight ends. These looks I believe are designed to force opposing linebackers into situations of pick-your-poison between run support against a wall of excellent blockers or a flooded intermediate route tree with multiple large targets in Woerner and Nauta.

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      • Sanford222view

        Maybe because we have a lot of good ones?

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        • Macallanlover

          Excited about adding Ford to the mix. I feel we see more throws to the TE this year simply because the OL should be better and they won’t be as needed for protection on pass plays. Defense’s job just got harder when facing the Dawgs.

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      • Granthams replacement

        Like Tom Brady is obsessed with Gronk

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        I think Tom Brady would argue that throwing to TEs works pretty well.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          He also enjoys throwing to undersized white guys. Should Stetson Bennett be moved to the slot so they can target him 12 times a game?

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  9. TomReagan

    He damn sure threw a pretty one down the right side against Alabama.

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  10. I tend to think this is more a factor of who the receivers are not where they are.

    I think if Wims’ carbon copy had been on the right, those numbers would be pretty similar.

    Riley needs to step up like he did last Monday.

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  11. dawgfan

    Fromm just had by far the biggest impact of any freshman at UGA since 1980. He also had the best year of any freshman qb in UGA history no matter what side of the field he threw to.

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  12. Sanford222view

    Let’s all remember to track Fields’ QBR to the right side of the field at G-Day!

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  13. 69Dawg

    I think that one reason Eason was not as good as Fromm early, other than the obvious one with the offensive line, was that he had a lot of trouble getting used to the overall speed he had to face in the Southeast. Fromm had been up against speed in high school and while it was of course greater in college, it was not as great a difference as Eason had to get used to. I watched Eason’s games on ESPN and he was playing in not just a different league but a different world. It’s a shame that he didn’t have a redshirt year or at least get eased into it.

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  14. No Axe To Grind

    Price you pay for having a coach that does not know the value of a dominating offensive line. Wonder who that could be?

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  15. paint

    Hollywood Squares

    I’ll take a right corner fade, one handed, sticky glove, td snag by godwin for the win. thank you instant replay.

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  16. DawgPhan

    whats the old mike leach quip about balance?

    I know he was talking about run/pass balance but I wonder if attacking the field isnt the same thing.

    Seems like that might apply here.

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  17. AusDawg85

    From the school of duh….a right handed QB for UGA has a right handed power running game which means they are facing left on PA passes which is a big majority of our passing attack with Fromm.

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    • I’ve never heard the term “right handed power running game” before; does that imply that the majority of the called rushes headed right of the C?

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      • AusDawg85

        I was being a little facetious, but I’ve heard this phrase used in the old days on film study video looking at the QB taking the snap from under center and it means running to the Left…RH QB will turn left and tuck the ball into the RB using his dominant hand with RB headed over the left side or as UGA often does, or look for the counter cut to the right. Not always, but it’s a dominant thing. A RB going over the right side means the QB hands off using his left hand (or both). All QB’s hand off to both sides of course, but there can be a bias because of the QB’s dominant hand. With the LT (Isiah Wynn) usually being your best OL to protect a RH QB’s blind side it follows that he’s also the best blocker to run behind. Shotgun snaps change this a little since the QB will use both hands to tuck the ball into the RB…or pull it back. Among 1000 reasons to go to the shotgun, this is one that allows the QB to be less predictable with his handoff.

        I can’t find stats for UGA’s bias in rushing, and it may not be as helpful anyway as there are so many variables in the rushing game but I’d bet if you look at standard down, distance and middle of the hash marks placing of the ball, when under center we probably ran to the right more, especially to set up Jake’s PA passes.

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