I have a love-hate relationship with Gary Danielson. He’s as good as it gets as an in-game analyst, but, damn, he can drive me crazy when he goes off on a non-game tangent.
Yesterday, he was harping on the perception of Jake Fromm as a game manager instead of an elite quarterback. While on its face, that’s a strange dichotomy — why can’t a quarterback be good at managing the game while being an elite talent? — I do think there’s an underlying truth to the point he was clumsily making.
In a year of brilliance from Kyler Murray (205.72 passer rating) and Tua Tagovailoa (202.30 passer rating), it is easy to overlook Jake Fromm, who, by the way, is third-ranked nationally in passer rating behind those two. That is for a couple of reasons. One, Fromm isn’t the runner those two are. Two, he’s generally not called on to carry the team with his arm. (He’s 84th nationally in pass attempts.)
But that doesn’t mean he’s not an elite talent. Consider this:
If that’s not elite, then I guess Watson was just a game manager, too.