Chargers want Justin Herbert to be a coach on the field

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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had a fantastic rookie season and Drew Brees made it clear recently that he has all the physical tools necessary to be a star in the NFL for a long time.

As Brees knows, however, physical tools are not the entire story. Quarterbacks have to master the mental game as well and that’s something that head coach Brandon Staley is focused on heading into this season.

Staley noted that quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have seen every kind of defense, played in every kind of situation and mastered finding weak spots in a defense. He said “they can operate much more effectively, because they don’t need that extra someone telling them what to do” and the team wants Herbert to get to that place.

“What makes those two guys specifically unique is that you’re eliminating one of the variables in the equation,” Staley said, via Albert Breer of “When they don’t need the coach, when they are the coach, that’s a much more dangerous person to have to defend, because you’re not waiting for the coach to help them. They know how to help themselves. And that’s what I think we’re trying to achieve.”

Brady and Rodgers have a lot more experience than Herbert and it would be unreasonable to expect him to be in the same place at his point in his career, but making strides toward that kind of command of an offense would be reason for even greater optimism about what the future holds for the Chargers.

11 responses to “Chargers want Justin Herbert to be a coach on the field

  1. That sounds like a recipe for disaster. Justin’s still learning – Give the guy a break!!

  2. Next year, he’ll be a coach on the field and in the best shape of his life.

  3. Really?!?! Kids in his second year, his first coaching staff got the boot he’s learning new people, terminology, and even if close to the same scheme it’s not the same. Add in player movement and new faces and you want to put EXTRA on this kid? This provides a little insight into how this new staff is dealing with him, and his profound promise. Put less on his shoulders not more and let him explode into his full potential. Expecting him to act as a veteran already is a mistake.

  4. II wish the kid the best but year two is a bit soon to become a coach on the field. Now that he is comfortable with the speed of the game let the kid dial in his skills. This kid has potential don’t overwhelm him.

  5. The Chargers will be asking their Gatorade kid to take over play calling in the red zone.

  6. Staley is talking about a goal they have for Herbert. That goal would be identical regardless of who the QB is. They’re saying they want him to be an advanced student of the game. I don’t understand what’s wrong with that. — And yes, the LA Chargers will be very good this year. We’re looking forward to an LA vs. LA Super Bowl.

  7. Of course they want him to get there. If they didn’t they should get out of pro football.

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