Justin Herbert is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and most Chargers fans are happy with how the star quarterback has played in two games. It is just a shame that Herbert's one mistake (which really was not even fully his fault) resulting in a game-changing pick-six against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Herbert has put the offense on his back, hurt ribs and all, and is going to continue to do so if the Chargers are going to be successful. While some fans might be worried about Herbert's ribs, history tells us with other quarterbacks that Herbert should be able to still play at a high level.
Herbert still firmly sits among the favorites to win the MVP award at year's end but through two weeks. there have been some surprising performances that give other QBs a statistical advantage over Herbert. Not only that, but there have been some okay quarterbacks who somehow have received a better Pro Football Focus passing grade than Herbert thus far.
Here are 3 absurd quarterbacks with a higher PFF passing grade than Chargers' Justin Herbert:
1. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
There was a lot of buzz for Geno Smith heading into Week 1 and then after Week 1 when the Seattle Seahawks shocked Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. That hype should have died after Seattle could score just seven points on a special teams play against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
Despite that, Geno Smith still has one of the best passing grades in the league. Herbert checks in with the ninth-highest grade at 71.6 and Smith narrowly edges him out and is tied with Tua Tagovailoa with a 71.8 passer grade.
Herbert is better than Tua too but at least with Tua he has put together a huge game. Smith has not really done much to deserve this grade. Sure, his completion percentage has been efficient, but that is what happens when your head coach doesn't trust you and asks you to dink and dunk for 60 minutes.