The LA Chargers are Super Bowl contenders in 2022 because they have one of the best quarterbacks in the entire sport in Justin Herbert. Herbert is a candidate to win the MVP award this season after he has set just about every single record for a quarterback through his first two seasons in the league.
Most doubters that Herbert had after his rookie season have since converted to believing in the former Oregon Duck, but not all. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has continued his annual tradition of polling random NFL executives, coaches and players to rank the top 10 players at each position before the season. Herbert checked in far too low at seventh.
Both Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford checked in ahead of Herbert, which is just plain silly. Herbert hammers both players statistically and is undoubtedly the better quarterback but they are obviously getting a Super Bowl bump. That being said, that is not even the worst part of Herbert being ranked seventh.
Someone in the NFL doesn't think Chargers' Justin Herbert is a top-10 quarterback.
First of all, it is absurd that the highest ranking that Justin Herbert got from any one source was fifth. Even worse than that is the fact that there is at least one person in the NFL, whether it be a coach, executive or player, that thinks Justin Herbert is not a top-10 quarterback.
Just let that sink in for a second. Despite all of the insane numbers, the highlight-reel throws, the success despite being thrown into a terrible situation in his rookie year, everything that signals that Herbert is a great QB; someone still thinks he does not even belong in the top 10.
Who is this someone? It has to be a bitter Miami Dolphins executive that is still holding out hope that Tua Tagovailoa is going to be better than Herbert (spoiler alert: he isn't). There is just no way that someone can construct a top-10 quarterbacks list that isn't biased that doesn't include Justin Herbert. I don't care what the reasoning is. The only explanation is bias.
But hey, at the end of the day it does not really matter what these anonymous NFL sources think about Justin Herbert as he compares to other players in the league. He will continue to raise the bar at the quarterback position and when he hoists the MVP trophy after the year, there won't be much more left to criticize.
But someone will still find a way.