The Los Angeles Chargers are off to a rather impressive 4-2 start to the 2021 season thanks to Justin Herbert. The second-year quarterback is ninth in passing touchdowns, 12th passing yards and tied-for-13th in passing yards per attempt this season while being impressively turnover averse. The Chargers are 13th in the league in points per game.

Head coach Brandon Staley explained what makes Herbert so dynamic.

“It's such a strength of his, and I think that any strength of his is a strength of ours. I don't think that you can ever have enough of it. Every game takes this shape and life of its own, but what I do think you can do is commit to a gameplan. On offense, you can do that with those specific plays because of where they come. You can implement them on any down-or-distance, any field zone. That's a point of emphasis for us, to create more of those types of plays for him. What it will do is create more space for our offense, more effectiveness and explosions. Hopefully, we can do that moving forward through the second half of the season.”

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After being a questionable draft selection at sixth overall in the 2020 draft, Herbert immediately proved he was worthy of the high selection. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year and has continued to impress this season with Los Angeles. The Chargers are just half of a game behind the Las Vegas Raiders for the lead of the AFC West.

With Herbert and his myriad of offensive firepower — namely running back Austin Ekeler and wide receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen — the Chargers have a real shot at making the playoffs. Coming off of their bye week, they will face the New England Patriots on Sunday. Their head coach, Bill Belichick, knows that slowing down Herbert is a daunting task.