Chargers position coach Pep Hamilton assesses QBs Tyrod Taylor, Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton gave his thoughts on the top two quarterbacks on the roster, Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert.
All eyes are going to be on the quarterback battle between Taylor and Herbert, and although a winner hasn’t been decided yet, Hamilton said especially this offseason Taylor could have a lead right now because of his familiarity with the offense.
Per the Chargers’ team website, Hamilton said of Taylor:
“It’s helpful, especially under the circumstances. In a non-traditional offseason, familiarity with all the above is going to be important. We’re going to lose a large portion of time that we would have on the grass because we’re not able to have a traditional offseason. It’s going to be very important that Tyrod’s understanding and familiarity with coach Lynn and our system, that that carries over to the rest of the guys in the huddle. His poise impresses me. I’ve been watching him from afar for quite some time, and I’ve always been impressed with his ability to go out and make plays and more importantly, help his team win games.”
The experience is important for Taylor, but Hamilton knows that Herbert has played in a lot of big games, so his adjustment to the NFL might not be as hard for some other players. Even if he doesn’t play right away, Hamilton knows whenever he does take over as the starter, he is going to be in good shape. Hamilton added,
“The combination of size, athletic ability and arm talent [is intriguing] but more importantly, he’s had a ton of experience playing in games. It really helped him staying an extra year at Oregon. He has over 1,200 pass attempts in college and you can’t teach experience. When it’s time for him to play once he’s acclimated to the speed of the NFL game and has a good understanding of what NFL defenses are trying to do, I think the sky’s the limit.”
Even if Hamilton won’t say who has the lead, there is no doubt that the lack of offseason training is helping Taylor in terms of the quarterback battle. Zoom calls and individual training can only go so far when it comes to Herbert getting adjusted to the NFL.