Brandon Staley doesn’t want to make it easy for Justin Herbert

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Quarterback Justin Herbert‘s rookie season made it clear that the Chargers will be building around him for years to come and head coach Brandon Staley became a key part of that construction process when he was hired to replace Anthony Lynn in January.

Staley’s background is as a defensive coach and he’s been consistent this offseason about wanting to see Herbert have complete ownership of the offense in Los Angeles. Staley sees his role in that process as helping Herbert “identify defenses and how people play and what their rules are” ahead of his second season.

The coach does not want that process to be a simple one for the quarterback because he knows it has to be difficult to be effective.

“I don’t want to make it easy for Justin; I want to make it right for him,” Staley said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of “And so on the front end, I’ll say, ‘Hey, man, we’re going to challenge you. We’re going to push you.’ Because ultimately, I know that for us to be as good as we can be, [he] has to be the one running the show for us. And [him] just knowing that, as his head coach, I have his back and we’re going to work through it during the week together and hopefully I can give him that full perspective where he can become a complete player.”

Staley’s been around the NFL long enough to know that his job security is going to be tied directly to how well his quarterback plays, so his Herbert-centric approach to running the offense is a necessary one. Based on Herbert’s rookie season, it looks like a wise one as well.

3 responses to “Brandon Staley doesn’t want to make it easy for Justin Herbert

  1. The Chargers and Herbert were playing just about as well as any team toward the end of the season, and they actually ended the season with four straight wins. All this with a rookie QB who’s destined to get better. I’m still in shock that they fired their winning coach, Anthony Lynn. I’ve never seen anything like this in over 50 years watching the NFL. The team was as well coached as any team last year. Patrick Mahomes sat out his rookie season, and he has a HOF coach, Andy Reid.

  2. charliecharger i liked Anthony Lynn too but he couldn’t get the team over the hump. A couple of years ago when you guys still had Rivers and got to the playoffs and played the patriots and got drummed. Was a very frustrating game to watch.

  3. With Herbert playing on a rookie contract, the Chargers were able to spend the money this off-season to upgrade the roster significantly, especially at OL. With these upgrades, a good draft, and a smart and innovative coaching staff, the Chargers are my favorite to win the next 3-4 AFC West titles because the Chiefs have too much invested in their QB to fill their roster holes.

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