1. If the LA Chargers/Tyrod Taylor are floundering it will be from the offensive line
As critical as I have been at times of him, Tyrod Taylor is still absolutely a good-enough quarterback to win games in the NFL. He has proven that already in his career and with this supporting cast, there is no way that he is going to be downright awful on his own.
If he is downright awful, it is going to be from the offensive line being one of the worst in the league, which, unfortunately, is a reality that Charger fans do no want to hear. There are a lot of question marks around this line, and while it could surprise many, it could also continue to be one of the worst in the league.
Mobile quarterbacks do not mesh well with bad offensive lines and Tyrod Taylor’s experience is not going to be a fun one. What else does not mesh well with a bad offensive line? Rookie quarterbacks. That is the perfect way to hurt a young quarterback’s growth.
If the LA Chargers are bad then it will be because of the quarterback play which will be because of the offensive line. At that point, there is no point to bring Herbert in and salvage a season that is already unsalvagable.
The long-term effects that it could have are not worth winning an extra game or two. Herbert will start to get trigger happy and will not get the comfortable welcoming into the league that he needs.
But what if the LA Chargers are good? Couldn’t Herbert start the Week 17 game, similar to Patrick Mahomes, with a playoff spot locked in?