Jonathan Warner NBC Sports Northwest
The Los Angeles Chargers knew what they were doing when they drafted Justin Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With his strong throwing arm, outstanding athletic ability, great field vision and poise in the pocket, General Manager Tom Telesco sees the potential with Herbert being the next face of the franchise.
Herbert could be the turnaround the Chargers have been looking for, with recently parting ways with Philip Rivers, who was their starting quarterback since 2004.
Along with Herbert being new to the team, the Chargers hired new offensive coordinator, Shane Steichen, this offseason to bolster their offense from previous years.
Steichen spoke with media for the first time since being hired by the Chargers and spoke candidly about how excited he is to see Herbert in action when the season gets going.
“He’s a winner,” Shane Steichen said. “He’s a competitor. He’s got all the intangibles. He’s tough. He’s smart. And he’s got a heck of an arm. You see some of the throws he made in college, they’re big-time, NFL throws.”
Herbert, however, still has a lot to learn and be able to transition smoothly from college to the NFL. The Chargers may start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback until they feel like Herbert is ready and understands the offense.
Patience is the keyword for Herbert and what the Chargers plan to do with the young star.
in the meantime, the Chargers are hiring Pep Hamilton to serve as their quarterbacks coach, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic.
Hamilton was most recently the head coach and general manager of the DC Defenders of the XFL before the league ceased operations earlier this month. Hamilton coached Andrew Luck both in college at Stanford and with the Indianapolis Colts.
Sure, there may be some expectation that Herbert come in and start Week 1, but it doesn’t seem as dire, something Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, did not have the option of doing.
The Chargers are looking to build a solid nucleus around Herbert that will hopefully allow him to flourish without bare cupboards.