I’m worried. You’re worried. ESPN is worried.
Something’s wrong with Georgia’s offense. The line isn’t playing up to par, the running game has been inconsistent and wide receivers haven’t been doing a great job getting open. Jake Fromm, who has been as steady as any quarterback in the country the past three seasons, isn’t himself. He threw three interceptions against South Carolina and then followed it up with 35 yards passing against Kentucky. Granted, it was raining and the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats, but it was a subpar performance. Down the stretch, and especially against Florida, the Bulldogs need to start scoring points in order to carry this team back to the SEC title game.
You know who’s not worried, of course.
Kirby Smart has explicitly stated that he’s confident in the Bulldogs’ offensive structure and that his team just has to continue to get better. His players seem to have the same opinion.
“I would say there’s no reason to worry because, if you look at the South Carolina game, we had almost 500 yards of offense,” Graduate tight end Eli Wolf said of the offense. “It was just one thing led to another, we turned the ball over and the turnover margins is one of the biggest stats for winning and losing games. Kentucky, it was a monsoon, it was raining, it’s hard to throw the ball in those conditions. We made the run game work and we came away with a win, so I don’t know what more you can ask for from an offense than winning SEC games. We hold our standards to a high standard and we’re never pleased, but I’m not concerned. I like where we’re at and I think we’re going to keep getting better.
Wolf makes some fair points, I suppose. But he doesn’t really have an answer for Jake Fromm’s season to date. Fromm’s passer rating in 2019 is now 152.18, the lowest of his career. It’s even more concerning when you break it down against P5 opponents:
- 2019: 128.88
- 2018: 162.73
- 2017: 162.24
Sure, the three picks in the South Carolina game don’t help, especially considering that they weren’t totally his fault, but the real problem appears to be yards per attempt, which have declined precipitously this season.
- 2019: 6.7
- 2018: 8.6
- 2017: 9.3
And that comes despite his completion percentage being at an all time high.
- 2019: 66.1
- 2018: 65.6
- 2017: 62.8
That is what being forced to play inside a box looks like. That’s on Coley. And that’s why Georgia’s offense has looked constipated of late.
Maybe we’re right to be worried.