Yesterday afternoon, the Los Angeles Chargers surprised the NFL by starting their 2020 first round pick, quarterback Justin Herbert. It was assumed that Tyrod Taylor was going to be the one to take the first snap against the Kansas City Chiefs, but –due to chest pains– the veteran was unable to play. Taylor’s medical issue essentially tossed the rookie quarterback from the university of Oregon into the fire: and he didn’t disappoint.
.@Chargers QB Justin Herbert is the third player in @NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in his first career game, joining Cam Newton (2011) and @ProFootballHOF Otto Graham (1950). pic.twitter.com/pVA4ONydfB
— NFL345 (@NFL345) September 20, 2020
Despite losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime by a final score of 23-20, Herbert was impressive throughout the day. He led the Chargers to the red-zone three times. The only big mistake he really made was on the play below.
Justin Herbert could’ve easily run for the first down but threw a costly interception instead. pic.twitter.com/QdMmB1N2JZ
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 20, 2020
So if Herbert (the presumed future of the Chargers franchise) played great against the defending Super Bowl champions, how come Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn is adamant about the fact that Tyrod Taylor will continue to be the starter?
It makes no sense. Taylor is what he is: a solid quarterback but nothing special. In Week 1, Taylor was only able to lead the offense to 16 points against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that gave up 434 yards and 35 points in Week 2.
I can understand the appeal of having a veteran QB under center compared to a rookie, but c’mon. The Chargers are not winning the big game this year. So why wouldn’t you just let your franchise cornerstone play the year and gain some experience?
The argument could be to “let him sit and learn from the vet” but I’d argue that experience is the best way to learn. And it isn’t like Taylor would be going anywhere. He would still be on the team ready to help Herbert with anything he needed. So Anthony Lynn: don’t be dumb, make the switch.
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