Overreaction Monday: Next two weeks will be telling for Georgia QBs

Georgia coach Kirby Smart would tell you freshman quarterback Jake Fromm is improving but slow your roll on the quarterback debate being over. It’s not. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Georgia and Georgia Tech win and there’s no stopping either.

The Falcons lose and it’s quite possibly the end of the world, as we know it.

Must be another Overreaction Monday.

Light a candle. Take a cleansing breath. Find your balance. Serenitize.

Here we go . . .

Georgia (5-0 overall, 2-0 in SEC)

Georgia defenders, led by Lorenzo Carter (top right), gang tackle Tennessee running back John Kelly at the line of scrimmage for no gain in the first half Saturday in Knoxville. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

What happened: The Bulldogs flattened Tennessee 41-0, the first time they’ve shut out the Volunteers since 1981, when Herschel Walker stepped on their faces.

What’s next: At Vanderbilt (noon)

Overreaction narrative: “We’re so much better with Jake Fromm! No way Jacob Eason gets his job back!”

Reality check: Coaches and quarterbacks are tied to game results more than anybody else. Sometimes it’s justified, sometimes it’s absurd. The Dogs are 5-0 so it’s not surprising so many believe that’s because of Fromm.  He has great poise for a true freshman and didn’t appear rattled in two road stadiums (Notre Dame, Tennessee). But Georgia is winning games because of its defense and its running game, not because of quarterback play. The best news about Fromm is that he’s not losing games. He threw an early interception when he misfired for Calvin Ridley, completed only five of nine attempts to start the game and led an offense that failed to get a first down on five of the first six possessions. He also missed a wide open Sony Michel on the sideline, instead choosing to try to force a pass over the middle (nearly intercepted). He finished at 7 of 15 for 84 yards with a touchdown and an interception — not great numbers in a simplified offense. Georgia ranks 118th in the nation in passing. The Dogs are winning games because of their defense and their talent and depth in the running game. Fromm made two really good throws on a touchdown drive and had two nice scrambles. Eason has a stronger arm and presumably a higher ceiling. There is still no reason to think he can’t be a great quarterback. There’s also no reason to think he’s still not the best quarterback on this team. To assume this is a done deal would not be correct. But at this point, coach Kirby Smart has no “decision” to make. It’s going to take at least two games for Eason to get back into rhythm after missing time with a knee injury. Look for Eason to get increased playing time in the next two weeks against Vanderbilt and Missouri. That may determine who starts against Florida and ultimately who is the starting quarterback the rest of the season, although it may not matter given the defense and running game.

Georgia Tech (3-1 overall, 2-0 in ACC)

Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson breaks away from the North Carolina defense for a touchdown in the second half Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

What happened: The Yellow Jackets beat North Carolina 33-7.

What’s next: The Jackets have a bye this week then begin a five-game stretch that includes meetings with the ACC’s three best teams: No. 13 Miami (Oct. 14), No. 2 Clemson, No. 16 Virginia Tech.

Overreaction narrative: “We’re beating bad teams. Wait until we play Miami.”

Reality check: Agree. And agree. But Tech has a chance to be a player in the ACC Coastal Division, which most would not have expected with a new quarterback (TaQuon Marshall) and new primary ball-carrier (KirVonte Benson) following the dismissal of Dedrick Mills. Benson rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina and he has gone over 100 yards in three of his four starts. Marshall leads the option offense in rushing and has four TD passes without an interception (19 of 33, 333 yards). Fumbles remain a big problem: Tech had three more (losing two) and has lost eight in only four games – tied for third most in the nation behind San Jose State (11) and Oregon State (10). The Jackets lead the nation in average fumbles per game (3.3). But here’s the good news: 1) Since fumbling away a win in the opener against Tennessee, they’ve won three straight, including lopsided conference wins over Pitt and North Carolina by a combined scored of 68-24; 2) Their defense has looked good the past two weeks, after fizzling down the stretch of the Tennessee game. The Miami game will be this team’s biggest challenge. It will be the first real road game of the season and Tech will be an underdog. But if the Jackets can avoid turnovers, they can win that game and take control in the division. Before the season, the would not have seemed likely.

Falcons (3-1)

Not something the Falcons ever want to see: wide receiver Julio Jones leaving the field against Buffalo with an injury. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

What happened: They played their worst game of the season, losing to Buffalo 23-17 and suffering more injuries.

What’s next: Ice tub. The Falcons have a well-timed early bye this week, then host Miami in two weeks.

Overreaction narrative: “We stunk against the Bears. We were lucky to beat Detroit. We stunk against Buffalo. We should be 1-3.”

Reality check: Yes. And no. The Falcons did stink against Chicago, barely survived the Detroit game and weren’t good again Sunday. But the biggest issue this team has is injuries. They lost both starting wide receivers (Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu) in the Buffalo game, leaving them without seven –seven – regulars from the lineup: Jones (hip flexor), Sanu (hamstring) and right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) on offense; linebacker Vic Beasley (hamstring), safety Ricardo Allen (concussion), DT Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee) and DT Jack Crawford (biceps) on defense. It’s a good time for a bye. But all of the injuries are the kind that can linger for weeks, and it’s likely several of the aforementioned players won’t be healthy for the Miami game. Long term, the Falcons should be OK. None of the ailments are season-ending. But short term, look for the front office to be busy. They’ll likely need to bring in at least one receiver and a defensive lineman, and this is where we ask the question: Is it time to bring back Dwight Freeney? He wouldn’t solve all of the team’s pass-rush issues but he could give the Falcons 15 snaps and provide some depth and leadership. If the Falcons think Beasley will return for the Miami game, they might hold off on this move. But the Miami game is kind of important. It’s one of those games a team marks down as “win” before the season, and it’s followed by a brutal five-game stretch: New England (road), New York Jets (road), Carolina (road), Dallas (home), Seattle (road). It’s important to remind the panicked: The Falcons are 3-1 and when healthy still might be the best team in the NFC. But they’re not healthy and if they don’t get well there’s potential trouble ahead.

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jutujugi
jutujugi

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TideDawg
TideDawg

OH:IO person, come back. There are no other Big10 comedians for us to laugh at and abuse on the blog.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I'm not on a Ga. Tech band wagon waving the colors and heralding the accomplishments. I'm a Tide fan and a Dawg fan, but I don't understand why Tech is not ranked in the top 25.They were only ranked 3rd in the also got votes. Looking at the lower half of the top 25, I see at least 5 teams ranked there that I think Tech would steamroll.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Another observation, it's going to be Bama and Clemson yet again.  Everyone else is playing for 3rd.  Those two programs are at different levels.  College football is getting like the NBA, same teams at the top every year.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Big Wally I've watched Clemson and Bama...your D is good enough to hold them to a winnable score...your O is the key.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TideDawg @Big Wally Agree on the D., but our offense is still not at Bama or Clemson's level.  Vandy held a good Kansas State team to only 7 pts, then Bama hung 59 on them.  We won't put 59 on Vandy.  Clemson beating 3 teams in the top 15 is unheard of. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Big Wally @TideDawg Your post is confusing...doesn't matter if you can't score 59 on Vandy...how low can you hold Bammer?

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Big Wally @TideDawg  Too much emphasis on scoring. If you win by 3 or 43 it's still a W. Scoring big only impresses the less than savvy poll voter. To them big is better. How many women vote on that poll?

Big Wally
Big Wally

@TOJacket @Big Wally @TideDawg While our defense might throw a shut out against Vandy, like Bama did, our offense won't score 59 points on them, like Bama did.  Which is my original point, Bama and Clemson are way ahead of everyone else.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Big Wally @TideDawg  I'm not sold on Chaney as OC. The only problem I see with the Dawgs Offense or lack of is the arm(it's on the sideline with a bad knee) to throw the deep crosses or backside throws down the sideline. Those deep throws have to be sharp and crisp with a good arc, not wobbly and floating. Fromm is good. He is a general in waiting but he can't make the secondary back up and open the middle and short passes. That translates to the DBs being able to play up closer to the line and assist on stopping the running plays.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Some of my observations that I know everyone was waiting for.

1) Falcons are not that good.  They are about 4 yards away from being 1-3.  Once again they whiffed on a OL draft pick.  Sweitzer is awful.  Sarkisian is in over his head.  Quinn messed up with that hire.  You'll notice they have only scored over 30 once this year, whereas they scored over 30 in nearly every game last year.

2) Lot of empty seats and a dead environment in the dome yesterday.  Pissing off a large portion of your fan base due to politics is not a wise business model.

3) I think Dawgs and Jackets are for real.  Dawgs only have to get by Florida though, if Dawgs beat Fla. then we could still lose to Aubarn and still win the East.  Whereas Jackets have much more difficult schedule.  Miami is very good. 

4) I think Eason will be playing at Washington, Washington State, or Miami next year, or in two years.

5) Glad the smug Coppy is gone from Braves.  Never could put together a decent major league roster.


TideDawg
TideDawg

@Big Wally  Falcons are not that good.....Agree! Sark over his head......agee! Lots of empty seats.....don't know I haven't been there! Dawgs and Jackets are for real.......two more wins and I'll be on that band wagon. Miami is good.....I don't think so, but good enough to win 9, yes, but one of those losses will be Tech! EAson will transfer.....I said before they played a game that either Fromm or Eason will transfer...Maybe! Coppy fired for what reason, I don't know....maybe it will come out soon, but I think it's a cover up for what's going to happen. Dawgs will beat Florida......I think so! DAwgs beat Tech......no comment until they each play 2 more games. Both are improving each week.



Big Wally
Big Wally

@TideDawg @Big Wally Coppy resigned over some wrong doing with contracts to foreign players or something like that.  An investigation got him in trouble.

JKToole
JKToole

@Big Wally Bet the farm. Eason isn't going anywhere - except to the NFL, after next season.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@JKToole @Big Wally That would be dumb on his behalf...Don't know your past with football but he hasn't looked very NFLish at all...Bama true freshman made him look average and he isn't really a good QB and won't play it in the Pros.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Big Wally: "Some of my observations that I know everyone was waiting for."

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Well, at least we know the lying hypocrite oh:io and the cowardly yip-yapper TOJ were waiting for them with bated breath.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TideDawg: "Lots of empty seats.....don't know I haven't been there!"

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It was pretty visible--even on your television set.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@DawgNole @TideDawg  Not on mine. I have refused to watch another NFL game for 30 days. Did not watch an NFL game all weekend, nor the Mon. night game. So far I don't miss it. If it was college players protesting I'd do the same.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@DawgNole @Big Wally  Where is the OH:IO person? OSU Getting humiliated, again, must have hit him real hard. Get him back on the blog. He's a real comedian with his "Big10 is Great" comedy act.

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TOJacket
TOJacket

He is now the "Chosen Two" instead of the "Chosen One"

TOJacket
TOJacket

Kirby trying to make folks think Eason might start.

JKToole
JKToole

@TOJacket Hard to tell what he's thinking. Were I him, I'd like my options. A lot.

PeteMTL
PeteMTL

Was at the game yesterday. My guess is that there was between 15,000/20,000 empty seats vs Buffalo. A 3-0 team in a new dome ??? When we had a 3rd and long, I thought I was at Rich stadium the Bills fans were so loud. The Atlanta fan base never ceases to amaze me...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@PeteMTL: "The Atlanta fan base never ceases to amaze me ."

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Must be all those championships their teams have given them over the past half-century-plus.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @PeteMTL None of these franchises owe you sheet stupid...good grief, you probably don't even watch.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Just because you're satisfied with mediocrity doesn't mean everyone else is.

Don't even watch???

Hell, I've been watching nonstop since '66.

The total absence of sensibility and logic in your comments is astounding.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

UGA - What an entertaining and enjoyable start to the season. Kirby is showing his smarts, making the quarterbacks work and compete (and rehab) for their opportunity. That's the way it should be, that's what will make the team stronger down the road. Imagine a key moment against Florida or Auburn or Tech (or Alabama?) when the team needs the backup to step in and produce, possibly to keep title hopes alive.


Falcons - The NFL is no longer in my universe until we see public apologies by all involved, including the owners (Blank), for their open (and ongoing) disrespect of their fans and country.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@TOJacket @DawgDadII I never accept titles and playoffs as a given or something to lose, they have to be won on the field. There are likely to be tough games and testing moments ahead. 


I wouldn't want to be the guy on Kirby's team that sells his jersey, though, and no, I wouldn't expect something like that to happen this year.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Wouldn't want to sell your game swag either just ask 2009.

Vacated

TOJacket
TOJacket

@twelveofthirteen Exactly...cheater Gurley signing footballs compared to Bey-Bey haveing a friend give him some warm ups that came from a rep...compare it to your cheating a$$ swimming coach to while your at it...hope Kirby's bagman doesn't get caught.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket @twelveofthirteen Just happy for Tech that all this Corruption involving Adidas paying players to attend their sponsored schools happened before Tech's contract with Russell Athletic expired. I don't know if CPJ would know what to do with a Five Star player on his roster?


And will the appearance of wrongdoing by Adidas paying players cause the uppity ups at TECH to void their new contract with Adidas?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Still poutin' about Gurley kickin' your tail back in '13, I see.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

And 2 of 3 is far more representative a sample size than 3 of 16, right? 

Don't forget, it's everyone else who's stupid; I know, 'cause TOJ says so.

USMC2841
USMC2841

Butch Jones just LinkedIn me.