Jim Harbaugh hires a Justin Herbert favorite as Chargers' QB coach

Jim Harbaugh and the Chargers are bringing former Texans' senior offensive assistant, where he did a fantastic job with C.J. Stroud and the offense.
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LA Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh continues to build his offensive coaching staff. After hiring Greg Roman as the new offensive coordinator and Marcus Brady as the passing game coordinator, the Chargers got Justin Herbert-worthy quarterbacks coach.

NFL insider Mike Garafolo reported that Shane Day will be the Los Angeles QB coach once again. Day succeeded as the Texans' senior offensive assistant last season. For instance, rookie QB C.J. Stroud–offensive rookie of the year winner–led Houston to the AFC South title and reached the divisional playoffs round. Additionally, the Texans finished top 5 in passing yards in 2023, despite Stroud sitting out two games with a concussion.

Though head coach DeMeco Ryans and highly-coveted OC Bobby Slowik received all the spotlight, Shane Day influenced Stroud's development. Even more so considering he was the Chargers' QB coach for two of the first three years of Justin Herbert's NFL career.

He finished second in passing yards in 2021 and 2022, while also finishing top ten in passing touchdowns. On the other hand, Herbert improved his completion percentage from 65% to 68% in those two years, raking 3rd in 2022. Although Justin did not have a top ten quarterback rating, he scored a decent 90+ rating each season. He had an exceptional 2022 season despite fracturing his rib cartilage.

Shane Day is the Chargers' bridge between Justin Herbert and Jim Harbaugh's offense

Shane Day will complement Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman's offensive plans. He must finish developing Herbert's passing skills, as his biggest criticism–being 6"6–is his batted passes. Day will help Justin study opposing defenses to run the ball, as OC Greg Roman will likely use him as a "dual-threat" QB (given his background with mobile quarterbacks).

Herbert knows him well, and that's crucial to bringing him back, plus they have a good relationship. Therefore, Day will be the bridge between Justin Herbert and the new Jim Harbaugh-led coaching staff.

Finally, Day should also find a quality backup QB. Former TCU's Max Duggan is on the roster, but he hasn't played a single snap in the NFL. Therefore, he is not ready to be the second-string quarterback. They need to sign a proven backup in case Herbert goes down again. As a matter of fact, the Chargers could re-sign free agent Easton Stick, as he played decently down the stretch last season.

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