One slept-on narrative of this offseason is what the Chargers are going to do at the backup quarterback position. Easton Stick has served as a backup for better or worse since 2019 but in 2023 he finally got his chance to prove his worth when Justin Herbert got hurt.
Unfortunately for Stick, he did not string together the kind of performances needed to prove that he is a viable backup in this league. With a new regime that has no existing ties to Stick, it would not be surprising at all to see the Chargers move in a different direction.
The Chargers don't really have the means to waste a draft pick on a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft and instead should explore the free-agent market. To some, this seems pointless as the Chargers will be much worse off if Herbert gets hurt again next season.
But just look at the 2023 NFL season. There were several quality backups in the league that were able to at least keep their teams in the conversation. What if Herbert gets hurt for 5 weeks at the beginning of the season? Should the Chargers really throw the entire season away by employing one of the worst backups in the sport?
Los Angeles must invest in the position; not at the same level as Gardner Minshew, but at least some kind of investment. Tyler Huntley makes sense as that investment, as he has proven that he can come in and keep a team afloat in the past.
Not only does Huntley have ties to Hortiz, but if the Chargers bring in Greg Roman then he will have ties to the offensive coaching staff as well. That could be enough to convince him to make the move from cold Baltimore to sunny Los Angeles to back up Justin Herbert.