It’s been quite some time since Georgia fans have had to deal with frustration stemming from the use of two quarterbacks.
Everyone knows the story. Jake Fromm did not play great in a loss to LSU. Georgia fans wanted Kirby Smart to sub in 5-star freshman Justin Fields. Smart did the opposite. Fromm continued to struggle. Georgia got blown out.
As wild as things are on Twitter and UGA social media, Smart has not seen any of it, nor does he care.
“I don’t know what’s being made of it,” Smart said of Fromm’s criticism. “That’s the thing. Maybe you guys are making a big deal; it’s not to me. I don’t listen to that. The world we live in, we have to look at the field, we have to look at the practice, we’ve got to look at what’s best for our team. Whoever gives our team the best chance to win is what we’ll decide to do.”
Fromm completed 16/34 for 209 yards, 2 interceptions and 1 touchdown. Many fans were begging for Fields to enter the game, but Smart just would not pull the trigger. In the days after, tensions are still high, with fans making their case for Fields or Fromm.
“I’m not going to be influenced by outside forces on who to play or what to do,” Smart said before mentioning how a lot more goes into a play other than just a bad throw. “So you just can’t go off of statistics.”
Fromm did not play well, but as Smart pointed out, neither did a lot of players. The defense missed tackles and gave up 275 rushing yards. Smart made a fake field goal call that came back to haunt him. And there were some dropped passes by receivers.
“Could (Fromm) have played better? Sure, he could have played better,” Smart said. “A lot of people could have played better. A lot of people could have coached better, too. But that’s over with. We’ve moved on to Florida and that’s what we’re focused on.”
But when asked if there’s still a chance at Fields getting more playing time this season, Smart hinted that the quarterback battle will continue.
“We’re never closing that door completely at all because we’ve got to play the guy that gives us the best chance to win,” Smart said.