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2. How does the hiring of Shane Day change things?
Pep Hamilton received a significant portion of the credit for Herbert’s rookie season. Herbert himself gave him plenty of shout-outs. A QB coach change was likely when Anthony Lynn was fired though. Hamilton took the job in Houston just over a week after Brandon Staley’s hiring.
After two years in San Francisco as the quarterbacks coach, Shane Day was hired in the same role on Staley’s staff. Day specifically pointed out working with Herbert as one of the reasons he wanted to take the job and even went as far as to say things are “slowing down” for Herbert:
New #chargers quarterbacks coach Shane Day was asked today if there should be any concern about Justin Herbert learning a new offense. Not only did he squash any remaining concerns, he said things are starting to slow down for #10. ?
— Guilty As Charged Podcast (@GACPodcast17) June 8, 2021
Lombardi is usually who people reference when talking about improvement/decline in Herbert’s second year, but Day seems like the more central figure to those developments. Quarterbacks will be affected in some way by good or bad play calling for sure. For a young quarterback though, processing speed and awareness under pressure seem almost more important. Day is in charge of continuing to coaching those qualities up now.
Hamilton’s departure is a loss for the team, but how much of an effect it has remains to be seen. Coach Day is someone people should be paying more attention to.