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Chargers: Seven possible quarterback scenarios in 2020

By Alexander Insdorf
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots are seen after their 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots are seen after their 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Chargers 2020 quarterback possibilities: Tom Brady and Justin Herbert

4. Tom Brady

Los Angeles is listed very frequently as a potential free-agent destination for Brady. On paper, it’s easy to see why. Brady is from California and has a house there. He’s the most famous football player today and could make a decision to go to one of the world’s largest media markets like LeBron James did just a year ago.

There’s also the desire of the franchise to break into the Los Angeles market sooner rather than later. Neither the Chargers nor the Rams have made much of a dent in terms of the sports market in the city, so a lot of the market is still up for grabs. Brady, as many have said, would boost ticket sales and fan interest.

While it sounds great off the field, it’s not really a good idea on it. Brady won’t turn over the ball as much as Rivers, but other than that, it feels like they’re on the same level of past their prime.

The current performance of Brady is a far cry from his 2017 MVP campaign. In his last eight games, Brady hit a 60 percent completion rate one time. And despite the disappointment of Rivers’ 2019, he actually has a quarterback rating 0.5 points higher than Brady’s 2019.

Some will say that Brady didn’t have the offensive line and the supporting cast this season, which is true. However, it doesn’t change the fact that a potential move to Los Angeles puts Brady in a position with a coaching staff he may not like or the players he may feel don’t fit what he wants to do on offense. Also keep in mind, he would be doing this change of scenery at 43.

5. Justin Herbert

Since Burrow to the Bengals is practically a guarantee, the Chargers would need to draft someone else. Herbert, while not my favorite quarterback in the class, is one of the more experienced quarterbacks coming out of the draft with a rather high ceiling.

Out of the potential draft options for the Chargers, he’s one of the two that is a possible day one starter.

Herbert has good arm strength and can stretch the field nicely. His mobility, also a plus. The elite arm is there and he’s shown flashes of being the guy on Sunday’s. However, progressions have been a problem in certain sports for Herbert.

An area Herbert needs to improve on. At times will lock down on one receiver & not go through progressions. Can be fixed w/time & coaching.

Eyes D. Mitchell the whole way, never looking the TE who's open on the crosser. Result is an incompletion out of the endzone. #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/pDYMkJwruX

— WBG84 (@WBG84) October 16, 2018

With the right coaching, Herbert’s problems are fixable. But staring down receivers and progressions are a concern for a quarterback who’s still struggling at points with those in his senior year.

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