We've certainly had a lot of discussion this year around the QB position, so I thought it might be nice if we had more information to incorporate into those discussions. I could only find a week 1-5 passing chart for Fromm when I googled around, so I decided to take a little bit of my time to chart out the other games in order to combine with the chart from College Football Film Room.
Below are two charts. The first is Fromm's 2018 passing chart thus far, and the next is a simplified charting comparison of 2017 and 2018.
I think these two charts show how both sides of the Jake Fromm discussion get to their conclusions. A few things jump out to me, which are the deep ball struggles, the improvements made in the short passing game (0-9 yards), and the increased usage of throws behind the line.
- In 2017, Fromm was an elite passer on throws 20+ yards down the field, but that part of his game has really struggled. In the LSU game he was 3/10 on such throws, so it isn't just one bad game dragging down his numbers here.
- Fromm has seen a large increase in his completion percentage on throws 0-9 yards, and cut his INT's per throw in this area.
- Though he's remained strong in the intermediate game, throws of 0-19 have become less a part of the UGA passing game and the decreases here have all went to throws behind the line. This may be a more concerted effort to take advantage of our talent at RB with Swift and Hardman at WR, or it might be an indicator of Fromm's willingness to check down in order to protect the ball rather than trying to push throws further downfield.
- One of the things that jumped out while charting is our reliance on fades anytime we get within 15 yards of the end zone. The route is inherently awful enough, but I don't even think Fromm throws the route particularly well. His balls are routinely too low, essentially hitting CB's in the back/head. Our RZ issues are real, but this route isn't the answer.