Kirby Smart’s decision not to allow Justin Fields to takeover for a struggling Jake Fromm was one of the biggest takeaways from Saturday’s blowout loss to LSU.
In a 36-16 whooping, Fromm just could not get anything going all game. During a 25 minute stretch in the first half, Fromm went 1-10 for just 1 yard, and though he finished the game with 209 yards passing, it was his worst performance since his time at Georgia.
He often did not see open receivers, and when he did, he delivered bad passes to them – most notably overshooting a streaking Mecole Hardman on the sideline during the first drive of the game, and missing a wide open Demetris Robertson on a well-run flea flicker.
It was clear nothing was working. Everybody – from fans to media – knew it was time for a change at quarterback. Except Kirby.
After the game, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum weighed in on the matter, saying that Kirby “has blown the quarterback situation.”
“They still have a chance,” Finebaum said.” I don’t believe they will get to the Playoffs this year because I think Kirby Smart has blown the quarterback situation. It’s time to make the move. Jake Fromm has proven he’s not an elite passer in the big games. We saw that against Alabama and we saw that again yesterday.”
“I’m not bailing on Georgia, but it’s very tempting,” Finebaum said.
And can you blame him for wanting to give up on them? Last year when Georgia lost to Auburn, the Dawgs had great players to lead them out of the hole they were in; Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Roquan Smith. This year, it all comes down to quarterback play, and if Saturday was any indication, it’s going to be a tough stretch ahead.