1. Justin Herbert is forced to start for the LA Chargers
Back to the current quarterback. We were not expecting Justin Herbert to have a great rookie season. Most people were not even expecting him to start much, because that was the plan. The plan was to give the team over to Tyrod Taylor and ensure that Justin Herbert would be ready for his time either later in the season of in 2021.
Little did we know that Taylor would only get one start with the Chargers. After winning in Week 1, Taylor was a 15-minute scratch due to a freak punctured lung that was suffered during a pain-killing injection by the Chargers’ doctor.
Here we were. Even when it was happening we were unsure of what to expect moving forward. Will Tyrod get the job back? Will Herbert play well in this game? Is he going to look like a deer in headlights?
He was fantastic in every single sense of the word. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown. He had a mistake interception but also had a rushing touchdown with 18 rushing yards.
He looked poised. He looked like a quarterback that had been in the league for several years, not a rookie quarterback that was supposed to be a backup and did not have a preseason and was forced into his first career start on a 15-minute notice.
It was the biggest moment of 2020 for the LA Chargers. Here’s to 2021.