(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) – LA Chargers
Justin Herbert’s negatives and final grade from the LA Chargers’ loss
Justin Herbert made two very poor decisions, leading to 10 points for the Denver Broncos where they otherwise may not have scored. Along with that, starting a drive at the Broncos’ 24-yard line and not coming away with even three points when Michael Badgley was in the midst of what may be his best performance of the season is simply unacceptable.
Justin Herbert will learn from these mistakes, and we can hopefully see improvement from him in the coming weeks as we did after his first two starts in the league. I do not see this becoming the norm for him at all.
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For his grade, I am going to be just a little bit indecisive. I think he falls somewhere between a B/B+ for this game. Hopefully, everyone agrees with me as they do week in and week out.
As stated before, the LA Chargers are not in this game without Justin Herbert at quarterback. There are no other quarterbacks on this team (or even in the league minus a few of the elite) who can do what he can with the football in his hands.
However, this game was lost at least partially because of ten points Herbert allowed the Broncos the opportunity to get. Their offense got into a groove after his end zone interception targeting Mike Williams and it felt like the game was going south very quickly from there.
Justin Herbert did not play his best this week. He may not win Offensive Rookie of the Week (though he may still have a shot), but he is certainly still the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. I do not think there is a game the LA Chargers are guaranteed to lose with Herbert under center. Another important divisional game next week, time to right the ship.