Justin Herbert And The L.A Chargers Veer off course

DJ Griffin, Writer

The Los Angeles Chargers could have played it safe. Ahead by 10 points with less than four minutes left against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the team might have handed the ball off and run down the clock to finally end a four-game losing streak.

Having Justin Herbert under center, however, has changed the team’s math. On third-and-5 at the Jaguars’ 34-yard line, the offensive coordinator Shane Steichen ended a timeout by giving Herbert, his rookie quarterback, the go-ahead to throw to the receiver Keenan Allen, who gained 8 yards and a new set of downs. Soon after, Herbert knelt out the clock to earn his first N.F.L. win. 

Justin Herbert was born on March 10, 1998 He played college football for the Oregon Ducks, where he was named MVP of the 2020 Rose Bowl and was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert took the field and was told to throw the ball even though running it could’ve ended the 4 games losing streak he had previously.

Herbert was thrust into the spot in Week 2 after Tyrod Taylor, the starter Los Angeles had signed to a two-year contract that included a “proclaimed” $11 million in guaranteed money, had his lung penetrated by a team doctor injecting a painkiller before game time. In Taylor’s place during an afternoon game that was broadcast widely, Herbert pushed the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to overtime, running for a 4-yard touchdown on his first N.F.L. drive and ultimately finishing with a better passer rating (94.4 to 90.9) and more yards (311 to 302) than Patrick Mahomes, though not the win.