The 2020 season was relatively disappointing for the LA Chargers. The team finished with a 7-9 record, bad enough for Anthony Lynn to be let go from head coaching duties. This was a team that was in close games nearly every single week and could not get out of its own way.
There were a lot of disappointing performances from players on the roster as well as some disappointing injuries. Our own Alex Insdorf broke down the most disappointing players from 2020 two weeks ago. Now, we look at the flip side of the coin.
Here are the most surprising players from the 2020 season.
Most surprising LA Chargers: Justin Herbert
Don’t lie to yourself: there is a fairly good chance that you had your doubts about Justin Herbert when the LA Chargers drafted him sixth overall. There definitely were some Herbert supporters but a lot of fans wanted the team to draft Isaiah Simmons and trade up for Jordan Love, flipping what the team actually did for Herbert and Kenneth Murray.
Even if you were a Herbert supporter there is no way that you expected him to be this good. He was, quite literally, the best rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL this season. We didn’t even know if he was going to start!
Right before Herbert did start I went on a bit of a Twitter rant about how the team was not going to start Herbert because if they wanted to then they would have already done so. Just days later Tyrod Taylor suffered a freak punctured lung and Herbert got the start and never lost the job.
OFFICIAL APOLOGY: pic.twitter.com/2jR9QM4WLX
— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) September 21, 2020
Nobody expected this, not even Justin Herbert. The list of surprises obviously has to start with the team’s new franchise quarterback.