Kirby talks Jake.

Pretty strong defense here:

“Experience. When you play in our league, there is nowhere to hide. You cannot hide in our league. You cannot hide behind a running game, you cannot hide behind a short passing game. You have to be able to play the game, get your protections right. I mean he goes into the toughest environments for two years now and has played really well.

The games that he has not won, we have not supported him defensively all the time.

Man, when Kirbs is willing to throw his defense under the bus a little, you know he likes his starting quarterback.

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  1. Legatedawg

    One can make a chicken-or-the-egg argument here. I think that our Dawgs’ D was undercut by losing D’Andre Walker (if only he AND Tua had not been knocked out of the game by injuries) and also but lame-ass calls by Chaney in the 4th quarter that kept returning our defense to the field, one 3&out after another. About Fromm’s effort, however, there is no dispute. Hopefully this next December, the third time will be the charm.

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  2. W Cobb Dawg

    Fromm hasn’t lost a game for us. He executes as well as anyone. If the plays weren’t working its been due to the playcalling. I wouldn’t blame the D though. They’ve kept us in winning position in all but a couple games.

    I wonder how things would’ve turned out if not for Fromm. Would Chaney’s offense under 5-stars Eason or Fields been successful? I think the box would’ve been even more loaded to stop the run, and blitzes would have come ad nauseum. Fromm doesn’t have the arm of Eason or Fields. His mobility isn’t anything to write home about. But he has every other characteristic and intangible you’d want in a QB – in spades.

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    • Athens Townie

      At LSU 2018 is the only counterexample I can think of. Overall, I agree, Jake has been an excellent QB.

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      • SpellDawg

        Yeah, how many games did Aaron Murray flub away in his first two years? Seems more than a couple. Jake’s damn solid; he may not leave with a handful of SEC records, but he leaves little to be desired.

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        • Macallanlover

          Murray didn’t give away games either, but no question Fromm looks to be ahead of him at this point. Both are excellent QBs and leaders in a complex offense. I have to think Fromm would have been more effective under Bobo because Chaney/Smart have been more conservative throughout all the games. That really killed our chances in the January game against Bama at MB, wasn’t as bad in the SEC title game last year (I put that falloff on the OL not holding off Bama after their halftime adjustments (that and Walker going down.) I don’t think last year’s loss to Bama cost us a MNC, just the chance to make the Final 4, but I do think our 2nd half philosophy cost us the MNC game (that and 2-3 blown calls by the Big 10 refs.)

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          • SpellDawg

            I’m too lazy to go back and look, but I recall him making mistakes in big games. Pretty sure that was a knock on him for his first two years. He had some big gaffs against Florida & USCe, I’d bet what I have in my pockets now on it.

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            • Gaskilldawg

              Murray beat UF his sophomore year.

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            • Classic City Canine

              Murray didn’t shed the reputation of making mistakes in big games until he was an upperclassman. At that point, he could and did put the team on his back; something Jake can’t do right now.

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  3. TMCDAWG

    Fromm has the IT factor. Can’t coach that. Last year he was putting on a show in the championship game. Then came the shitty play calling. If nothin else ihope Kirby learned to keep his foot on the gas. Attack Attack for 4 quarters.

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    • This is the point i’m looooking at…can/does the staff learn from real life on the field experiences/film room studies, from the staff side…hey, i’m not CKS and do not know the weekly game plan for that opponent…just curious if we learn from past experiences…being stubborn/determined/impose your will is one thing…..

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  4. ASEF

    It’s odd to me that people keep calling out 4th quarter offensive play-calling without ever mentioning the defensive play calling.

    Alabama’s final 9 drives, late 3rd quarter to end of game, last 2 games: 61 plays, 472 yards, 5 TDs, 2 short FG attempts, 2 punts. 7.7 a play.

    Not good.

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  5. Gurkha Dawg

    That’s why I never understood all the hype about that guy who transferred to Ohio State. Fromm is a great QB who was never going to be beaten out.

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  6. 81Dog

    Am 8 wrong in thinking Fromm is essentially a more talented version of Buck Belue? He’s another kid from rural Georgia who was a multi-sport legend in his hometown before he hit HS, he’s a natural leader, and he always seems like no moment is too big for him.

    Buck’s junior year, we opened with a road game in the state of Tennessee, we clinched THE SEC away fro Athens, and we had to beat Notre Dame on the way to a national championship. Florida had a mouthy, self important coach, Tech had a train wreck of a program, and we put an L on Tennessee @ Rocky Top. Is the universe throwing out hints? If Zamir White tramples a UT linebacker on a sprint draw on the way to a TD, look out.

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    • Buck Belue isn’t in the same league as Fromm. Belue played one of his worst games in the national championship game vs. ND. Fromm was the best QB on the field in his first national championship game appearance.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Dude. U can’t say stuff like that. My inner Munson appears to be having some sort of spasm….

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  7. J-Dawg

    Fromm is the right man in the right job at the right place! He is UGA 110% and always will be. I will never worry when he is behind center.

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  8. Fromm has been (mostly) great for UGA and I’m thrilled he’s the QB, but I’d argue he often does hide behind a running game. Or put another way, when the running game isn’t big enough to hide behind, Fromm hasn’t fared very well.

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    • Classic City Canine

      Exactly. Fromm is a world class game manager. Nothing more. He gets exactly what the rest of the obscene amount of talent on this team gets him. Not once has he put this team on his back and won a game when things weren’t going well for us.

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  9. Classic City Canine

    Kirby is more in love with Jake than I think he has a right to be. Jake is a world class game manager and that’s it. He gets exactly what the talent around him gets for him. So far, he’s been unable to put the team on his back and makes plays when things were going poorly for us. That’s the thing I will look for this year. Eason is a play-maker and game-winner. Jake’s a manager. I’m not saying Kirby made the wrong choice, but Jake was his guy and Eason wasn’t, and I’ll always wonder if we should have picked Eason over Fromm in 2017.

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