Justin Herbert will start even with Tyrod Taylor healthy

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Justin Herbert is the Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn announced today that Herbert will remain the starter even if Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active for Monday night’s game at New Orleans. Taylor will be the No. 2 quarterback if he’s cleared to play after suffering a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.

Lynn was reluctant to make the move, but Herbert played well in relief of Taylor, even in his first start, in which he found out he was taking the field moments before kickoff.

The Chargers drafted Herbert in the first round because they believe he’s the long-term answer as a franchise quarterback successor to Philip Rivers. Now it’s officially Herbert’s job, likely for many years to come.

48 responses to “Justin Herbert will start even with Tyrod Taylor healthy

  1. Smart call. If he is horrific in a stretch of games I could see Lynn going back to Tyrod for a win or two if they still have playoff hopes but long term this is the right move. Let the kid get the reps now. The team will be better for it in the years to come.

  2. I mean this should surprise nobody. It was going to happen at some point this year and the injury to Tyrod just accelerated it. Good luck kid!

  3. He looks the part of an NFL starting QB. As a Duck I’m thrilled and I hope he continues to thrive and grow. Sky is the limit!

  4. Hey. The Chargers threw the baby into the lake to see if he could swim and he learned. Why make him sit on the beach now? Let him keep peddling now. He will waste valuable learning time if goes back on the bench.

  5. Surprising no one.

    I like TT but he is no starter. Give the kid a chance, give your team a chance.

  6. Not a chargers fan, but I feel for Tyrod Taylor. One of those guys I have rooted for. Something always happens when he gets his shot to start.

  7. Not a Chargers fan but finally Anthony Lynn has come to his senses and Herbert has done quite well. I think Herbert will be a top-10 QB in the NFL pretty soon.

  8. I wonder what the liability laws are in the state where the doctor gave that injection. Costing an NFL starting QB their job could be tens of millions of damage.

  9. I’m sorry, but I don’t feel bad for Taylor. How many chances has he had to push the ball downfield and failed to do so? How many 300 yard games does he have in his career? How many yards per game is Herbert already averaging? Herbert’s wins will come. I guess I’m not sorry.

  10. Bad luck for Tyrod
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    After the medical snafu, Tyrod has bigger plans with the team, i.e. part ownership.
    No reason to feel sorry for him. He was already set for life, now he’s going to be really set!

  11. Always thought if a rookie QB has the goods they should be able to show it first year. Interesting that Tua isn’t ready to see the field. Burrows has looked great, Herbert as well.

  12. Tyrod did nothing wrong to not be the starter but the kid is playing lights out. Time’s up for Tyrod, maybe he will catch on with another team next year.

  13. Ya have to feel sorry for Tyrod Taylor, but that’s how it goes in the NFL. Someone is always in the wings waiting to take your job.

  14. After the medical snafu, Tyrod has bigger plans with the team, i.e. part ownership.
    No reason to feel sorry for him. He was already set for life, now he’s going to be really set!

    You are trolling, right?

  15. You’d say that Tyrod got Wally Pip’d but I don’t think Wally got injured by the Yankees team doc haha

  16. While I am a big Tyrod Taylor fan, this is clearly the correct decision.

    The Chargers should do Tyrod a solid – because he is and has always been the consummate teammate and professional – and trade him now to a quarterback-needy team (Bears, Broncos?) where he can get the immediate opportunity to play. It is the right thing to do AND it might lessen the probability of litigation over the Charger team doctor’s malpractice.

  17. A simple google search of “punctured lung recovery time” should be enough for Bolts to give Herbert the start and let tyrod recover. Props to him for pressing through if he is in-fact trying to get out there for his teammates.

    The physical toll professional football players endure is absolutely incredible.

  18. For every young player, when you get your chance, make it happen. Make it crazy hard for them not to put you in the game. Seize the moment. Way to go, Justin. You showed you deserve to start.

  19. While I’m happy for Herbert, I feel bad for Tyrod.

    Tyrod finally became the starting QB for a decent team (Chargers) and a doctor screw-up lands him on the bench.

    In his 10 year career, Taylor was the franchise QB for only 3 years, and all with Buffalo. In those 3 years, he had 63% completions, greater than 3 to 1 TD:Int, and almost 3,000 passing yards/year and 17 passing TDs per year. That’s pretty good for a Buffalo QB back then. Buffalo was a hot mess until recently.

    I wish him luck.

  20. Anyone feeling bad for TT hasn’t watched him play. The guy is the most frustrating QB to have on your team. Never does anything special but limited mistakes. The guy has received starter money and never performed like one.

  21. The only criteria which should ever be used by a coach for who starts at any position is: who gives us the best chance to win?

  22. Tyrod Taylor was brought in to hold down the fort until the kid was ready. Well, the kid’s ready. the plan was executed to perfection. Good management by the Chargers.

  23. Tyrod is a pretty good backup.
    With a promising rookie on the team, the decision was obvious.

  24. Tyrod does not make starter money. 5.5 a year is not even close to starter money. He makes stopgap money. I would assume though that if he wants to he could guarantee the rest of his contract and probably more. A team doctor misdiagnosing something is one thing, but this is something else and there should be some liability.

  25. I’ve not generally been a fan of Anthony Lynn but he’s clearly becoming a better head coach based upon the way he handled this. He recognized what we all did, but he also didn’t hand the job to the rookie. Herbert went out and got it. Nobody cares about the Chargers, you might as well build the team for the future

  26. joe6749 says:
    October 8, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Good, the kid proved he can play. Any relation to Bobby Herbert?

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    No. It’s Bobby Hebert and he’s cajun. Not the same name.

  27. good decision by the Chargers. I think Herbert is going to be really good. Tyrod Taylor is a backup at best

  28. Now this is his chance to prove if he’s an actual starter or a career backup. Kyle Allen looked real good too for a while..and then he didn’t.

  29. bob58 says:
    October 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    While I am a big Tyrod Taylor fan, this is clearly the correct decision.

    The Chargers should do Tyrod a solid – because he is and has always been the consummate teammate and professional – and trade him now to a quarterback-needy team (Bears, Broncos?) where he can get the immediate opportunity to play. It is the right thing to do AND it might lessen the probability of litigation over the Charger team doctor’s malpractice.

    No chance he gets traded in-division.

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