ATHENS — It’s a Jake Fromm Thing, so you wouldn’t understand it, Georgia coach Kirby Smart seemed to be implying at his Monday press conference.
“He makes a lot of decisions that people don’t understand,” Smart said. “I don’t think anyone in the room would understand what he’s doing when he’s doing some of the mechanics.
“Some of it is pass, some of it’s run, some of it’s nothing. Some of it is window-dressing.”
Fromm was 15-of-23 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown, avoiding sacks and turnovers despite four Vanderbilt QB pressures in the 30-6 victory Saturday night.
The Pro Football Focus College analytics group took note in its evaluations. Fromm had the highest passing grade among SEC quarterbacks.
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Many wondered just how the Georgia football offensive would look with new offensive coordinator James Coley calling the plays from the skybox, Jim Chaney having moved on to the same position at Tennessee.
Fromm indicated after the game he needed to go back and watch film to evaluate his season-opening performance.
“Didn’t want to force any throws,” Fromm said, “but if there’s throws I needed to make out there, I need to make them.”
Smart indicated in the postgame he felt the Bulldogs needed to “expand” on offense and be more effective against the stacked boxes they’ll see from defenses determined to stop the run.
“We have to be able to expand and do more things, and throw the ball down field, stretch the field and get some of the wideouts involved,” Smart said. “I think Jake can do that, (and) we have to be able to protect him to do that.”
Smart said Fromm does operate from within a certain set of parameters that are also too complex for him to explain.
“Some of the rules he has are complicated, I don’t need to get into it right now with you guys, it’d take me another 30 minutes to explain what he’s doing on half of the stuff, but he does a nice job of making sure we’re in successful plays,” Smart said. “As a defensive coordinator, I can tell you, going against him every day is frustrating because it’s hard to be right a lot of times.”
Dan Lanning is technically the defensive coordinator, but Smart helps coach up the secondary and most often works with Lanning overseeing the defense in practice.
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