More than average

Never thought I’d type something like this, but Jake Fromm needs to up his game down the stretch.  Check out his seasonal breakdown:

Screenshot_2019-11-15 cfbstats com - Jake Fromm 2019 Player Statistics - Georgia Bulldogs

Like it or not, his performance has been in steady decline over the course of this year.  His completion percentage has dropped each month.  His yards per attempt are down significantly.  All of that is reflected in his passer rating, which was subpar in October and is just slightly above water this month.  Interestingly enough, the one thing that’s up are his passing attempts.

I don’t know what’s fair to chalk that up to — playcalling and inexperience in the receiving corps come to mind, but Fromm’s also been a little inconsistent with his throws at times, too.

I also don’t want to make overly much of this.  Yes, he played a significant role in the South Carolina loss, but he’s made his share of big time throws in October and November, too.

It just feels like his team’s gonna need more from him, especially in the next two games.

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29 responses to “More than average

  1. Reverend Whitewall

    Fromm has been off, there’s no doubt. Even many of his completions, he’s not hitting guys in stride – especially on deep throws. Other than the one to Pickens that was called back last week, I honestly can’t remember the last time he hit someone in stride on a deep throw – everything is slightly under or over thrown. I texted my group during the Mizzou game that I’ve gone from being certain Jake would be going pro after this year, to now I don’t see any way that he can. His stock has to have taken a major hit. Yes, playcalling has been a major issue, but there have also been a NUMBER of plays that he has just flat out missed the guy – either not seeing the guy who was running wide open, or missing the open guy with the throw. Even the UF game, where most people felt he played well, he missed on 3 potential TD’s (one was Landers not laying out for it, yes, but the throw could have also been better), and if he had connected on even just 1 of any of those 3, the game is over much earlier.

    Mind you, I’d love to have him back next year as this funk can’t last forever, but his regression has been puzzling.

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    • barneydawg

      Agree with Rev. I re-watched the Mizzou game and Coley was not the culprit that I had thought he was. Fromm missed or didn’t see open receivers several times. I don’t know how one improves field vision at this stage, but here is hoping it happens.

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      • Will (the other one)

        Isn’t Colely also the QB coach though? Slips like Fromm not setting his feet properly go back to (possibly a lack of) QB coaching.

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    • dawgman3000

      Excellent analysis Rev.

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  2. TXBaller

    But he looks soooo cool when he spins back while dropping back……

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  3. mp

    Somebody hypothesized at some point that he has a hurt shoulder. That could certainly be part of an explanation.

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  4. Uglydawg

    Maybe it’s just a subconscious mindset that he needs to exorcise. Seems the longer the pocket holds, the less accurate he is. He’s waiting for someone to break wide open, watching for just the right moment on a particular receiver, instead of just instinctively letting it fly. I think he’s thinking too much in the pocket. Probably, this is temporary.
    Seems like he does MUCH better running HUNH.
    This (may) support my theory. Jake needs up-tempo…things happening fast.
    I think he’s alluding to it in the QOTD.

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  5. practicaldawg

    So Fromm is back next year?

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  6. ApalachDawg

    in jake i trust.

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  7. Yep. Been saying it for weeks. Jake is off. His footwork is inconsistent, he can’t hit anyone in stride (probably related to footwork), and he’s missing reads. I think the only two passes he appears comfortable throwing are stick routes and deep outs. He may have a hurt shoulder, but driving through the ball on his passes would certainly help his accuracy instead of passing to the right with his feet facing left. That’s Stafford-level gunslinger stuff for a guy who has never and will never have that arm strength. I know Kirby is going to protect his guy, and it was great that he mouthed off about the critics doubting Jake, and that’s all well and good as long as they keep winning, but the stats don’t lie. There is something wrong there. We’ve either seen Jake’s ceiling and it isn’t as high as we originally thought, or there is something broken in his fundamentals that nobody can identify and/or fix.

    Tim Tebow was not a good passer, but he won a Heisman just throwing it as far as he could and letting fast receivers like Percy Harvin go get it. Same with Tua. He is a much better passer than Tebow, but how many of his big plays are just throwing it a mile down the field and one of those speedsters going to get it? With DRob and Pickens and Blaylock, I don’t know why we can’t throw a few of those per game (completion or not) just to loosen things up in the box to help the run game. Outside of the one to Pickens that was called back, can anyone name the last time they hit on a deep ball? Call some play-action go routes, please. If Jake hits on one or two of those, I think all of this changes. It’s really hard to be accurate on 7-yard throws all the way down the field.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Honestly, I think prior to the bomb that wasn’t vs Mizzou, it had been since Arkansas State back in September.

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    • D as in Dawg

      Arm strength? Fromm doesn’t have the same range. Just throwing it out there. Maybe he does. He’s certainly thrown short a few times and missed some great opportunities. My biggest concern with Fromm is not seeing the open receiver. He gets tunnel vision when facing any pressure. Replay will often show Swift or a WR wide open after trying to force the ball to someone else in tight coverage. He’s a good QB and has made some great plays, but I’ve never seen him as a NFL QB. Just my take. As always, he can shut me up when ready.

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  8. Todd

    Watch his throws. He is late with them and behind. Rarely every throws a guy open. When he makes a great throw, he has stared him down all the way.

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  9. 86BONE

    Some very good and accurate opinions here this AM. Personally I have never seen a seasoned QB so disoriented in the pocket. Foot work aside, Jake’s comfort level has decreased this year and it is very hard to pin down why. That leads to the big question mark that I have had all season….something just isn’t right this year and it is tough to identify exactly what it is.
    Anyway, we will all find out tomorrow just what our football team is made of…that’s why they play the game, right!
    Go you Damn Silver Britches🐶🐾

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  10. 86BONE

    I would also note that Jake has been pushed the last two seasons by great QB’s at practice, having to always look over his shoulder. Maybe, just maybe, there is something to that competition thing…..

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  11. dawgman3000

    A few of us been noticed that Fromm was off and when anyone mentioned anything about it, they were usually vilified. IMO, the biggest problem Fromm has had since he’s been in Athens, is not having a quality qb coach. For example, I don’t think we’re having this discussion if Bobo was coaching him.

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  12. Tronan

    I agree with other commenters that Jake ain’t been quite right lately. Pass protection has been outstanding on all but a very small percentage of plays the entire season. The run game – our frustrations with charging head on into a stacked box regardless – has been pretty productive. I don’t think playcalling has been a big issue since SC. While the receivers have been erratic as a group, I’m really surprised how Fromm’s mechanics and field awareness have declined. His footwork and timing are often flat-out bad, and he’s missed quite a few open guys, either because of poor throws or just not looking their way. It is possible he’s nursing some kind of nagging injury but it seems more likely it’s a coaching issue. I think Jake’s smart enough to be receptive to good coaching and physically able to correct mistakes, so I’m having a really hard time figuring out what else the problem could be.

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  13. Charlottedawg

    Fromm has missed multiple throws and reads since the south Carolina game. Didn’t see wolf against Florida, missed Swift coming out of the backfield multiple times, even in the TD that was called back because Pickens lined up incorrectly, Pickens had significant separation and made it into the end zone despite the ball being late and a little behind him. I don’t know what’s going on but the offense has been flat out bad to at best mediocre since the south Carolina game (including against Florida) and a big part of that is Fromm not making reads and throws. The more depressing part……. we’re going to be even worse next year given we have nobody behind Fromm.

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  14. Texas Dawg

    In either the FL or MO game, the commentator pointed out how often he was throwing off his back foot and not driving through the ball.

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  15. psyopdawg

    I’ve said it a few times after ole Cublic pointed it out after our first game. If you back and look at the offensive line splits this year vs. last year, there is a huge difference in the space between linemen. Jake has been better protected but the efffect has impacted our inside run game. So when teams load the box against us there’s no room for our OLine to do what they do best. I believe this the difference from last year to this one

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      • Macallanlover

        Interesting comment and observation, haven’t heard anyone mention that before. BTW, Jake’s stats have been down but he would be viewed differently had some passes that hit receivers’ hands been hauled in. You can say he missed being perfect by 4-5 inches many times, but sometimes the receivers have to bring those in or, God forbid, layout for them and risk hitting the ground. Now, there are some that will never do anything but blast any UGA QB that isn’t their preference, but many UGA fans still diss Aaron Murray and what he brought too the table. Fromm is not perfect bay any measurement, but he has been a blessing we should all appreciate, and in so many ways. I don’t know any candidate we have had that could have done any better, but I will hope that particular, future QB makes himself available next Spring to begin preparation to take the baton when Jake leaves.

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    • mp

      Holy moly. I had not seen anything on this but I was wondering all season if our lines splits were smallet than previous years. Totally helps explain the inability to find space in the middle

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  16. I’m kind of amused that so many people play the game “What’s The Matter With Jake Fromm???”

    Hes’ 21-years old.

    Maybe he had an argument with his parents. Maybe he’s made some bad choices in secret and now he’s wracked with guilt. Maybe a girl is messing with his mind. Maybe he’s just not working as hard as he has in the past. Maybe he’s got an ingrown toenail.

    I guarantee you he’d look a lot better with some called slant routes and better receivers.

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