” … he’s got more of an opinion now.”

I’m not sure how significant a development we’re supposed to take this as, but it does sound like Kirby grows ever more confident in his third-year starter at quarterback.

Smart believes Fromm can handle whatever Coley can dish out, and will also have a say-so on what the Bulldogs do as well.

“Any time you’ve got a three-year starter,he can give you input on things he likes about the offense, things he dislikes and things he thinks he can be successful,” Smart said. “That input is helpful, it’s always helpful.”

I’m still not buying the “Bulldogs will throw the ball more under Coley” narrative — the depth picture at both receiver and running back suggest something different, at least early on — but Jake’s certainly earned more trust based on his on-field decision making.

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24 responses to “” … he’s got more of an opinion now.”

  1. W Cobb Dawg

    Anything Chaney was able to accomplish as OC was due almost entirely to Fromm’s ability to execute. We all know the kid has a special kind of talent. What we need from Coley isn’t flash, it’s the ability to direct that talent to get us to the championship game.

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    • The other Doug

      “Anything Chaney was able to accomplish as OC was due almost entirely to Fromm’s ability to execute.”

      Really? The success had nothing to do with the RBs or the OL?

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    • Greg

      agree for the most part, much like Brees at Purdue. Chaney’s track record ain’t too good outside of those 2 QB. It will be interesting at UT, thinks he struggles, unless he gets a Brees or a Fromm behind center.

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  2. Russ

    Fromm can tell Kirby which receivers block the best.

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  3. Skeptic Dawg

    This is Kirby Smart’s team top to bottom. The offense will only do what Kirby allows it to do, no matter who the OC is. Jake Fromm is a fantastic leader and a headsy QB, no questions asked. If you take a look at Fromm’s passing attempts per game vs team outcome year over year, it is pretty obvious that Kirby will keep the kid’s pitch count around 20. Bad things happen when Fromm is asked to throw the ball 30 plus times a game.

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Hmmm. I think it’s more along the lines of “Bad things [have already] happen[ed] when Fromm is asked to throw the ball 30 plus times a game.”

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      • GruvenDawg

        Limited play calling in that 30 plus times a game could also factor in. It will be interesting to see how Coley/Fromm attack defenses this year passing. I expect it to be a little more open and creative than we saw under Chaney. I guess it depends on what Fromm is comfortable with and Kirby/Coley allowing that to be part of the game plan.

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        • Skeptic Dawg

          Gruven, I am certainly not placing all of the blame on Fromm, just pointing out what has happened in the past. As you pointed out, it all depends on what Kirby will allow. I do not believe Kirby will allow Fromm to chunk the ball all over the yard.

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          • GruvenDawg

            I agree I don’t see us going pass heavy under Kirby but a 55/45 run/pass split could help prepare for teams that are going to sell out to stop the run and have the hog mollies to do it.. I would like to see calling some play action on first down, middle of the field on 2nd downs, and screens on third down (not necessarily all in row, but over a couple of series would be nice). I know we are run heavy but I hate the run, run, pass series we saw against the elite defenses the last couple of seasons when we struggled. Chaney’s first half’s balance against Bama are more of what I would like to see throughout the year from the team. Prepare for the team’s you have to beat all year, get your execution down during the games so when it’s time to produce or throw 30 times a game your ready.

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  4. Macallanlover

    We certainly should not expect an Air Raid offense, but throwing more situationally may be what we see. With someone of Fromm’s abilities he should be given a longer leash and trusted more in short down and distance plays, deep in our own side of the field places, and even in the 4th quarter to run out the clock. Would make our run game more effective if we mixed more passes in at these times.

    After watching the way he operates the one and two minute drills, utilizing a hurry up more often to wear a defense down at strategic times also seems a no-brainer to me. We have the depth edge over almost everyone we face these days, let’s use that advantage. Our tendencies under Chaney seemed very predictable to me, and could explain the success teams with better personnel have enjoyed, particularly in the 2nd half.

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  5. GruvenDawg

    Who is this years Jay Johnson that will sit in the booth with Coley? I think it was a guy from Pitt. I like the idea of giving Fromm more freedom at the line and in the game plan meetings.

    More importantly though I want to see adjustments from the coaches box when the other team changes what they are doing defensively during the game or the second half. LSU, Auburn 1st game 2017, and Bama come to mind. Auburn, A&M, UT, UF, and ND should all have good plans. Talent wise not sure if they have the players to pull it off.

    Mullen and Pruitt would both sell their soul to beat UGA this year. I can imagine there will be a lot of cycles at both those schools this offseason on giving UGA their “best shot”.

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  6. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    …Jake’s certainly earned more trust based on his on-field decision making.

    Outsourcing to Mr College Football now? 😉

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  7. Soooo, UGA actually does have a Quarterback…this is a very interesting turn of events, considering CKS is on the mutha’…

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  8. Ugly

    One obscure difference in this year’s offense may be that when Fromm has to come out, SB will be more trusted than last year’s backup.
    Gone will be the situation where the defense knows every play is a run.
    Bennett, like Fields, is a dual threat.
    I hope Coley uses him like a dual threat.
    And the same goes with the WildDawg formation. I hope there is someone that can actually throw out of it on occasion.
    At least I hope so. Wasted a lot of downs in important games last year.

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    • Greg

      “Bennett, like Fields, is a dual threat.”

      Until he gets hit, I hope the boy has put on some weight.

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      • Russ

        Nothing against “The Beast” but I hope he hands off a lot this season to our 3rd and 4th string running backs.

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  9. bcdawg97

    What I’m seeing from the comments here and given the other post about how much talent is on the roster, I think the entire season comes down to coaching. Seems to me that the only thing that can hold back the talent will be situational play calling from the OC and HC over the course of a game/the season. #sweetbabyjesuspleasejustonenattybeforeidie

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  10. FlyingPeakDawg

    In the huddle with Jake

    “Alright…coach says I’m calling the plays now.”

    D’Andre Swift: “Great…give me the damn ball.”

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  11. Mayor

    Throw more to backs out of the backfield maybe?

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