Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Can Justin Herbert get the Chargers back in shape to defeat the Eagles?

The first 20 starts of his career were all about what’s good with Justin Herbert.

Following the latter two, some observers are pondering a question that seemed absurd just three weeks ago:

Is there something wrong with Justin Herbert?

The reigning NFL Attacking Rookie of the Year in a row was underwhelming as the Chargers’ offense looked unbalanced for the first time in his young career.

The group did little to lose with four touchdowns in Baltimore before they had a week off. The attack returned to score in his first and last possession against New England – with not enough interim results.

Arranged to play Sunday at the bustling Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Herbert will try to silence questions that don’t mean the Chargers themselves are asking something.

“I’m not really worried about Justin,” said veteran tight end-end Jared Cook. “… I know he’s a gamer. I know that he is a ballerina.

As quarterback, Herbert – rightly or unfairly – takes on much of the responsibility for the occurrence of the violation. But he was very helpful in getting uneven results.

He faced increased risk against the Patriots, who pressured him 17 times. Coach Brandon Staley pointed out that the right side of the offensive line – Storm Norton tackle and defenseman Michael Schofield – should be better.

Herbert’s top two midfielders, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, have dropped 11 assists together, according to Pro Football Focus. No other duo has receivers in the league.

Over the past three weeks, Staley has repeatedly mentioned how offensive flaws in the first and second downs resulted in too many strong third falls. He referred to everything from summoning a play to being executed.

“The type of violation we have,” Cook said, “I’m pretty sure a lot of guys are upset.”

In consecutive defeats, Herbert has experienced a low number of completions in his career and two of the three worst results in defender rating and completion rate.

The chargers scored four touchdowns and had three assists. They sold 31% of their third and fourth downs. They lost possession by 16 and 10 minutes respectively.

Under the leadership of Year 1 Coordinator Joe Lombardi, Chargers is pursuing a new offense that may involve detailed verbiage and require the quarterback to handle swiftly. When they opened the score 4: 1, the transition was almost imperceptible. Herbert began to be mentioned among the first candidates for the most valuable player.

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But then the schedule brought the Ravens and the Patriots – teams with an experienced, well-established defensive coaching staff – and Herbert and the attack came to naught.

Lombardi was asked if he found anything in the past eight quarters that his defender is missing.

“Maybe just some things to help him timing some of the shots,” Lombardi said. “But I was not very disappointed in his game.”

Regarding that Herbert missed the timing, Lombardi pointed to a missed meeting with Cook against New England in a fourth quarter game that resulted in an interception and touchdown return, giving the Patriots the ultimate lead.

Herbert tossed the ball to Cook’s right side before the tight end turned around. When Cook turned, he turned left.

“It was a good experience in this play …” Lombardi said. “One of those lessons that, unfortunately, were not learned unfinished. We found out about it with the help of interception ”.

Herbert rejected the suggestion that his confidence might be shaken. This is the quarterback who lost seven of his first eight starts and whose college team completed 4-8 courses in their freshman year.

Herbert dealt with defeat and questions about failed performances. Only now is he doing it on the national stage.

“I don’t want to be wrong, but it will definitely happen,” he said. “It’s all about how you react. I can think of high school and college throwing picks and playing games. … I think that as you overcome these mistakes, no matter how regrettable they are, you need to learn from them. “

Given the new offensive system, the rookie coach and the Chargers’ last two rivals, the difficulty is not shocking. Herbert has set such high standards for 20 games that two hiccups are now louder.

After the New England defeat, Staley talked about how he and Herbert study together, how they still figure out the situation, how they deal with contingencies.

“We lost two games in a row,” Staley said. “This has happened to me for the first time. What are you going to do to respond? This is what we have been working hard on this week with our players and coaches. “

Their response on Sunday says a lot about where Herbert and the Chargers are headed.

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