LA Chargers: 3 lessons Justin Herbert must learn from Tyrod Taylor

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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. How to read NFL defenses and change on the fly

This is piggybacking off of the first lesson and without the first lesson, there is no way that Justin Herbet can complete this lesson. And without this lesson, then there is no way that he truly can complete the first lesson, they go hand-in-hand.

Herbert needs to be more vocal at the line of scrimmage and will eventually need that swagger of a starting quarterback. He can still have his quiet personality type as long as he flips that switch, something that Taylor should be teaching the rookie.

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Then, once he has those skills, he is going to have to take them to the test when he is at the line of scrimmage and reading an NFL defense.

The gap in reading an NFL defense and a college defense is a tangible one and this, if anything, is one of the main reasons why quarterbacks struggle out of the gate.

Sam Darnold once said that he was seeing ghosts because the New England Patriots were out schooling him defensively and even Patrick Mahomes, yes, Patrick Mahomes, said that he did not know how to properly read NFL defenses until halfway through the 2019 season. He won a Super Bowl.

Again, someone like Philip Rivers is probably a better mentor for this just because of sheer experience, but Taylor is a pro quarterback that has a lot to offer in this department. Herbert needs to understand what exactly to look for, when adjustments should be made and needs to know how to react after the snap if the defense drops into an unexpected coverage.

The NFL is a league of adjustments.