The Los Angeles Chargers are hoping to build on a disappointing but strangely promising 2022 season.
Despite being hit hard by the injury bug, they won 10 games and made the playoffs for the first time since 2018, only to blow a 27-0 lead and lose to a red-hot Jacksonville Jaguars team in the Wild Card round.
The best thing Los Angeles has going right now is quarterback Justin Herbert, who is universally regarded as an elite or near-elite signal-caller.
The NFL posted a compilation of his top-10 highlights from the 2022 campaign, and it’s a reminder of how ridiculously talented he is.
What was your favorite Justin Herbert play from last season?
Here's 10 of 'em. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/vud1hD1N7h
— NFL (@NFL) June 1, 2023
At 6-foot-6 and nearly 240 pounds, Herbert is one of the most physically imposing QBs in the league, and he seems to have a bionic rocket launcher for a throwing arm, not unlike the one Arnold Schwarzenegger had in “The Terminator” film series.
The University of Oregon product threw for 4,739 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2022 despite gutting it out for most of the schedule with a painful rib injury.
In addition, he was without wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for several games.
For 2023, the Chargers will have a new offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore, who arrives from the Dallas Cowboys, and the hope is that he will open up L.A.’s attack and give Herbert the directive to fire downfield.
Last season, they played very conservatively, which was seen as a waste of Herbert’s talent.
The Bolts also have first-round draft choice Quentin Johnston, a wide receiver who is considered a speed threat, and they’re hoping he will stretch the field and make things easier on Allen and Williams.NEXT: Video Shows Chargers Rookie Making A Great First Impression