The Los Angeles Chargers selected Justin Herbert in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and they have a plan to allow him to be successful at the next level.
When you have a coaching staff that is excited about having a player on their team, it can be infectious. Herbert and new Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen will have some work to do to get the former Oregon Football Quarterback ready for the upcoming season.
Steichen likes what he sees already saying that Herbert has all the intangibles, “He’s tough, he’s smart, and he has one heck of an arm. You see some of the throws he has made in college, they’re big-time NFL throws.” Steichen is a younger coach, just 35 and held the Offensive Coordinator position on an interim basis until he was promoted in February.
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Los Angeles will be looking to start the season with Tyrod Taylor as their starter and Herbert will be groomed behind him and will eventually take over. How long ‘eventually’ is may be up to Taylor. If the team gets off to a solid start in 2020, Herbert may have to wait. If not, we may seem him sooner in the starting role.
Herbert has work to do. He has a new system to learn, one that is totally foreign from the start. He will also have to get used to taking snaps from under center, something he did not do that often at Oregon. One thing that we did see in his final game is the ability to use his legs as well as his arm to make plays I hope that this aspect of his game is part of the Los Angeles offense once he takes the field for the Chargers.
Los Angeles is a team on the rise and certainly has the talent to push for a playoff spot in 2020.