5. More Justin Herbert creativity
Herbert has been at his best this year when he’s been the most dynamic. Think about the Jets or Jaguars games. Herbert was rolling out to hit Allen right in the end zone with a dart pass. Sometimes, Hebert ran really well to avoid pressure and pick up a couple yards.
In a lot of these games the Chargers just play it super conservatively in regards to Herbert. Matt Ryan had more bootlegs and play actions than Herbert this week and he’s in his late 30’s. C’mon man.
There’s no reason to play Herbert like he’s Philip Rivers. First of all, they didn’t even have an offensive line to protect Rivers in the latter years when he would drop back, and they certainly don’t have it now.
Other than the protection aspect of it, Herbert has just done really well as an improviser. I’m not sure why you’d go away from it. As much as we love #17, Herbert presents more ability as an athlete.
He also needs to take less hits while on the field. Rolling him out and calling play action RPO type stuff is the perfect way to do it. This offensive line will still end up letting hits on Herbert come through, but it can happen much less if Steichen puts him in better positions.