Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he “hates the stuff” of quarterback comparisons, like the one he was asked to make on Saturday between Jake Fromm and Drew Bree’s…
Brees set two NCAA records and 13 Big Ten records during his time quarterbacking for Chaney at Purdue, so the Fromm comparisons might indeed be premature.
But Chaney acknowledged the quarterbacks do share key similarities.
“What are the commonalities, let’s just talk about that,” Chaney said. “They both have great, high, FBI — Football Intellect — they get it, they understand. They both affect other players in a very positive way, that’s two commonalities.”
Chaney pointed out “they both have proven they can win football games” as well.
“After that, the differences, I don’t want to touch on,” Chaney said.
After receiving multiple questions about Fields, Chaney was happy to answer a query about Fromm’s improvement from a year ago.
“He’s more confident with the X’s and O’s, and there is no question about that,” Chaney said. “He’s got that year under him, and he had a fantastic year. Jake’s personality has always been Jake. Even last year, when he was a freshman, he was still Jake. He’s an outgoing guy, and he likes to talk to his teammates.
“He played 900-something snaps of football last year. That’s hard to overlook. He’s a good football player.”
I sense a certain difference in tone between the way Chaney talks about this year’s quarterback competition and the way the coaches spoke about last year’s. Some of that’s probably due to an overall higher comfort level than existed in August of 2017. But some of that’s due to how much Fromm accomplished last season. And some of it’s due to Fields’ insanely high athletic talent.
Prediction: Jim Chaney’s got a lot more quarterback questions ahead of him.