3. Justin Herbert should be able to succeed against Brandon Staley's defense by the end of LA Chargers training camp
This is a bit of a double-edged sword as we do not want the LA Chargers' defense to be too easy to succeed against but we want Justin Herbert to be able to pick apart the defense by the time LA Chargers training camp is over.
Brandon Staley might be entering only his first season as an NFL head coach but he has proven that he is one of the best defensive minds in football. Every single team he has gone to has improved when he is on the staff and nothing was more evident of that then last season.
The Los Angeles Rams, with mostly the same players, went from a league-average defense in 2019 to the best defense in the entire league in 2020. That was Brandon Staley.
Staley's defense is going to be unique, it is going to differ from game to game, quarter to quarter and series to series. We can confidently say that Staley will put the defensive players in a better position to succeed and will create a nightmare for other quarterbacks to try and figure out.
If Justin Herbert can crack that code by the end of camp then that is a great thing. Hopefully, Staley does not take it easy on his quarterback because if he can dissect and succeed against Staley's defense then he will be able to do the same against every NFL defense.
I strongly am in the camp that believes that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would not have been as good without each other. Brady was so naturally talented but was also elevated by getting to practice against everything Belichick had to offer defensively.
The hope is that the LA Chargers can have the same dynamic, although they have a long way to go before we even think about thinking about making those comparisons.