Hunter Henry explains how getting rid of Philip Rivers opens up the offense
The Los Angeles Chargers are beginning life after Philip Rivers in 2020, having multiple options on their roster to replace him. Following the decision to move on from Rivers, Hunter Henry is anxious to see how having a more mobile quarterback can open up the Chargers’ offense.
“I’m not going to downplay Philip at all,” Henry said about the Chargers, via Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. “He was unreal and a Hall of Fame quarterback. But, obviously, it opens our offense up a little bit more. You see all these quarterbacks, their escapability in the pocket. . . . [There are] so many different things that you can do with a mobile quarterback that can open your offense. [I’m] looking forward to seeing that aspect of our offense grow.”
While Rivers has strengths in his game, he’s never excelled at creating with his legs. Nevertheless, that is something that the Chargers could have in 2020, regardless of who is under center.
Without Rivers, Los Angeles was left with Tyrod Taylor as the only viable starter on the roster. However, the Chargers would also select Justin Herbert with the No. 6 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Both Taylor and Herbert give Los Angeles a massive boost in mobility at the quarterback position.
In today’s NFL, the traditional quarterbacks that stand in the pocket are becoming rarer. Quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Lamar Jackson continue to dominate the league. Even though Taylor and Herbert don’t possess the same skill sets as those guys, Henry believes their mobility could add another dimension to the Chargers’ offense.