Chargers Head Coach Looking Forward to Corey Linsley-Justin Herbert Partnership Next Season

Published 04/10/2021, 6:22 AM EDT
Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball against the New York Jets in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Herbert has a new partner in Los Angeles. The Chargers signed center Corey Linsley in free agency, bringing in the former Green Bay Packer.

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They signed him to a lucrative deal, making him the best-paid center in the entire NFL. Clearly, the plan is to provide star quarterback Justin Herbert with as many weapons as possible.

Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Brandon Stanley spoke recently about the signing of Corey Linsley. He noted that the team was very happy with Linsley’s signing.

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Stanley called Linsley the best center in the entire league and feels as though he improves the team significantly. The pairing of him and Justin Herbert is going to give them an advantage over other teams on the field.

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrates with head coach Anthony Lynn after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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“We wanted to become a bigger team. When you sign who we feel like is the best center in football in Corey Linsley – a commander – and who’s a guy that has all of the leadership intangibles that that position acquires, then you have him and [QB] Justin Herbert running the show in the middle of your offense, we feel like that’s going to be a winning edge for us.”

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Stanley noted that Linsley spent his entire career playing with a legendary quarterback – Aaron Rodgers. He believes that now Justin Herbert and Linsley can form a formidable tandem going forward. Stanley added that while there are several good centers in the NFL, only Linsley can be considered a true game-changer.

“You know who (Linsley) has been partnering up within his career (Aaron Rodgers), one of the special guys in the league. Now, Justin and Corey can team up to be one of those special tandems in the league. I think the big thing with Corey is that we feel like he is a difference-maker.”

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“There are a lot of centers that are good players, but who is a difference-maker? We feel like Corey is a difference-maker in more ways than one -certainly with his physical skills, but then all of the intangible stuff, too.” 

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Can Corey Linsley be successful with the Los Angeles Chargers? He is coming off his best season in the league last year, after making First-Team All-Pro for the first time in his career.

His stock is as high as possible right now. Linsley will need time to acclimatize to the system but can be a great player for the Chargers. Justin Herbert will be excited to be able to play with him.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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