LA Chargers QB Justin Herbert Opens up About Whirlwind Coaching Changes Brought About in Franchise

Published 02/15/2021, 6:41 AM EST
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


For the Los Angeles Chargers, the 2020 season didn’t quite pan out the way they wanted it to. But, for the franchise, there was one silver lining. And that was the performances put up by rookie QB, Justin Herbert.

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Drafted from the University of Oregon, Herbert went to the Chargers with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ever since being drafted, Herbert has been lighting up the league with his phenomenal arm.

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With 31 touchdowns, Herbert broke the all-time record for most touchdowns by a quarterback in his rookie season. This was a record previously held by Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

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Though Herbert impressed all in his rookie season, the rest of the side failed to replicate the same form. Ultimately, after a 7-9 record, a major overhaul was brought about among the coaching staff for the 2021 season.

Justin Herbert is looking forward to a fresh start

During a segment of the Rich Eisen Show, Herbert was asked about how he felt about moving on from the coaching staff that helped kick-start his NFL career. Herbert responded by saying it’s a tough blow.

“Yeah, it’s obviously a tough situation. I got really close with Coach (Anthony) Lynn, coach (Shane) Steichen, and coach Pep Hamilton. They were all instrumental in our success… I think the staff that they’re bringing in, I really believe in them as well and this locker room, it’s pretty special. And there’s a lot to look forward to here,” he said.

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Nov 8, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell (96) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When asked about his first impressions about new head coach Brandon Staley, Herbert said that there’s a lot of good things to look forward to.

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“He’s been pretty impressive. We’ve only talked a few times. And it’s kind of been more about offense, and I’m sure quarterback plays are something I’ll have to ask him about later on. But, he’s been really, really smart. And just being able to talk with him, he’s exciting. He brings the energy and I’ve heard plenty of good things about him.”

With the Chargers looking to make amends in 2021, do you feel that Herbert can pick up on the good run of form with a new coaching staff?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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