Paul Finebaum on Kirby Smart losing Justin Fields: 'It's a really tough spot to be in'
Georgia’s loss is Ohio State’s gain.
When Kirby Smart chose to stick with Jake Fromm over Justin Fields in 2018, it set Georgia on a path to where they are now.
The Bulldogs are now 4-2 this season after a 44-28 loss to Florida last weekend. Quarterback Stetson Bennett completed just 5-of-16 passes and backup D’Wan Mathis completed just 4-of-13.
Meanwhile, Fields is leading perhaps the most explosive offense in the country and is completing over 87 percent of his passes this season.
College football radio host Paul Finebaum was blunt when asked about the dynamic between Smart and Fields on Monday morning.
“[Kirby Smart] is going to have a difficult time with the headwind of Justin Fields going against him,” Finebaum said on JOX The Roundtable. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what really happened, all that matters is where we are today, and where we are today is that Justin Fields is possibly the best quarterback in the country and seemingly leading Ohio State to the Playoff and Kirby Smart is waiting for another New Year’s Days bowl invitation that his fans and his team will not care about. It’s a really tough spot to be in. He doesn’t really have an answer on Justin Fields because because he opted for Jake Fromm.”
Fromm led Georgia to the National Championship Game back in 2017, but the Bulldogs haven’t been close to that stage since in-part because of poor quarterback play.
The Buckeyes will continue to be thankful that things played out the way they did.
Fields and Ohio State will travel to Maryland for their Week 4 matchup.