Monthly Archives: September 2019

Quarterback Controversy at Georgia?


Previously in this series:

 

For the second week in a row, Stetson Bennett raised some questions for Georgia fans. The one echoed most loudly: Why isn’t he the starter? Bennett connected on 90% of his passes and racked up 14 yards per carry on the ground while splitting reps with incumbent Jake Fromm.

It’s easy to see why Georgia coaches (and fans) are clamoring for more given the disappointing start to the year for Fromm – especially when compared to former Bulldog QBs Jacob Eason and Justin Fields who are doing big things elsewhere. Let’s catch up:

Jacob Eason, Washington

Week 3: Eason connected on 72% of his passes for 262 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs before heading to the bench during garbage time.

This Season: Eason ranks 31st nationally in passing yards and is one of just 10 players in the country with at least a 7:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

 

Justin Fields, Ohio State

Week 3: Fields had an “off” week accounting for just 210 yards and four touchdowns. Who am I kidding? That’s a pretty damn good week.

This Season: Fields’ 13 touchdowns in three games is still the headline.

 

Jake Fromm, Georgia

Week 3: Fromm had his best outing of the season – throwing for 279 yards and more than one touchdown (for the first time all year).

This Season: Fromm moved into the Top 75 in both passing yards and touchdowns thanks to a stellar showing.

 

 

Georgia Quarterback Watch Week 2 – Jake Fromm Slides in the Current/Former Georgia QB Power Rankings


Previously in this series:

 

Let’s check in on some current/former Georgia quarterbacks.

Jacob Eason, Washington

Week 2: Eason came back to earth a bit on Saturday (actually, early Sunday morning). After a long weather delay, the Huskies finally got onto the field but Washington lost a heart-breaker to Cal. Eason finished with 162 yards (more context on that later) 0 TDs and 1 INT but still completed 60% of his passes. Per most reports, he was plagued by dropped balls.

The Season: Eason remains in the Top 40 nationally in passing yards and TDs. He’s 13th nationally in completion percentage among passers with at least 65 attempts.

 

Justin Fields, Ohio State

Week 2: FIelds validated early-season Heisman hype with another masterful game against a halfway-decent Cincinnati team. He hit on 20 of 25 passes for 224 yards and two TDs while adding another 42 yards and two scores on the ground.

The Season: Not much to argue about, really. Nine total touchdowns in two games is pretty damn strong. If Ohio State made it to the National Championship Game and Fields kept this pace, he’d rack up 67 or 68 TDs.

 

Jake Fromm, Georgia

Week 2: From was perfectly fine against Murray State. He connected on 10 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a single TD. He made the most of the opportunity against an inferior opponent. Though it should be noted, Fromm was outplayed by Bowen Smith (the quarterback for the Pikeville Bears, Murray State’s only other opponent this year), who threw for 186 yards and 1 TD versus the Racers.

The Season: Fromm ranks 97th in passing yards and 81st in passing TDs for the season.

 

Season Summary

Here’s how these three QBs stack up for the season.

 

Current Power Ranking of Current/Former Georgia Quarterbacks

#1. Justin Fields: Fields leads all contenders in wins, passing yards, yards of offense, passer rating and TDs. Can’t top the top.

#2. Jacob Eason: Despite a bumpy second game, Eason still edges out Fromm thanks to overall productivity. Some were disappointed with a 162-yard performance but it’s worth noting that total is better than more than a third of Fromm’s career outings. Seriously, Fromm has posted worse passing yard totals in 11 of his 31 career games. 162 isn’t great, but it’s better than 84, 101, 102, 106, 113, 123, 128, 141, 143, 156 and 157 (actual Fromm totals in prior games).

#3. Steton Bennett: Georgia’s backup edged out Fromm thanks to a strong performance. I’ll write more about this later in the week, but there may be a quarterback controversy in Athens after all. Bennett accounts for three touchdowns (two through the air, one on the ground) on Saturday and in doing so surpassed Fromm’s point production for the ENTIRE SEASON!

#4. Jake Fromm: Got to have him somewhere, I guess. Kirby just has him starting at QB for some reason.

 

Thanks,

 

The Kirby Smart Hater

Georgia Quarterback Watch: Week 1 – Fromm The Worst Option?


In the interest of fairness to Coach Smart (a guy that some idiots like), I’ve decided to run a weekly column tracking the progress of three quarterbacks who saw the field at one point or another as Georgia Bulldogs. Ultimately, Coach “Smart” (and I use that term sarcastically) ran off Jacob Eason and Justin Fields in order to make sure Jake Fromm could be the starting quarterback in Athens. Was that a good decision? I guess we’ll see at season’s end. But for now, here’s where we stand after Week 1.

 

Jacob Eason, Washington

Week 1: Jacob Eason had the best game of his collegiate career this week. I guess that’s what happens when a real football coach gets his hands on you. Eason threw for a career high in yards (345) and touchdowns (four) while completing 75% of his passes and throwing no INTs. Decent game I guess.

This Season: Eason is 15th nationally in passing yards, fourth in passing TDs, 7th in completion percentage among QBs with at least 35 attempts and 11th in passer rating.

 

Justin Fields, Ohio State

Week 1: Speaking of career days, Justin Fields turned one in as well. Fields nearly doubled his previous career best for passing yards as he connected on 72% of his passes for 234 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs. He also ran for 61 yards and 1 TD.

This Season: Fields is one of four players with responsibility for at least 5 TDs this season. His athleticism has never been in question, but he currently holds the 8th-best passer rating in the country.

 

Jake Fromm, Georgia

Week 1: Jake Fromm also played on Saturday. He completed 65% of his passes for 156 yards and 1 TD. He had no INTs and no rushing yards.

This Season: Fromm is also ranked in the Top 100 nationally in passing yards (literally ranked 100th) and passer rating (ranked 94th).

 

Season Summary

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Jake Fromm was the worst available option for Kirby Smart. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong down the road, but it’s gonna be tough to get out of this hole.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Kirby Smart Hater

Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL: Complete List for 2019 Season Including Roster Status and Salary Info


Here’s a list as of end-of-day on September 2. This includes “final” cuts but cuts don’t stop in the NFL. Neither do signings.

A few things of note:

  • Davin Bellamy was cut by the Texans and NOT signed to the practice squad. Mr. Humble Yourself may lose this one to Baker Mayfield.
  • Rookie WR Terry Godwin is not on a roster. I’d expect that to change.
  • Rookie RB Elijah Holyfield made the initial 53-man roster at Carolina, was subsequently cut and then later added back to the practice squad. Welcome to the NFL.
  • Garrison Smith, one of my favorite former Dawgs, is not on a roster after 5 years in the league.
  • Marlon Brown and Taverres King remain MIA and Brown seems unlikely to resurface at this juncture.
  • Orson Charles is currently without a team after being cut by the Browns and later the Broncos.
  • A few other names not on rosters (after playing last year): Corey Moore, Ramik Wilson (shocking), Maurice Smith (somewhat surprising) and Tyler Catalina.

The data is below. Salaries are from Spotrac. Note that career earnings includes this year’s cash earnings (which assumes a full season at current status).

In total, former Bulldogs will earn more than $150 million this year. This crew has taken home career earnings of nearly $895 million.

Good on ya, boys.

 

 

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