‘Holy crap,’ says Eagles coach, who has inside information on ex-pupil Justin Herbert.
Shane Steichen would stand and admire Justin Herbert at times throughout training camp last year. Steichen was the Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive coordinator, and he specialized in developing young quarterbacks. Early on, he sensed Herbert was going to be different.
At practice, Herbert would have one wow play per day, and then the youngster began to do it in real games. Before winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2020, he threw for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns. Herbert’s athletic ability was the first tell-tale indicator, according to Steichen, who left Hollywood to become the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.
Steichen told reporters, “You witnessed the athletic ability, without a doubt, him throwing.” “You’re always curious as to what he’ll look like when he’s in a game.” And, of course, every week he’d do something that made people say, ‘Holy crap, that was really impressive.'”
According to a source, the #Eagles have agreed to terms with former #Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to be their new offensive coordinator. As new coach Nick Sirianni has quickly filled his staff, he was instrumental in the development of rookie sensation Justin Herbert.
January 25, 2021 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
Steichen is now assisting the Eagles’ defense in learning how to stop his former student. The Chargers are coming off back-to-back losses as Herbert takes them into a Week 9 matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. Everyone assumes that blitzing him will solve the problem, but this is easier said than done. In the pocket, the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder is deceptively elusive. Although Bill Belichick’s Patriots sacked Herbert three times last week, Herbert has only been sacked 14 times this season.
“When the blitz comes, he can stand in there and take hits, stand there and deliver the throws,” Steichen said. “He’s clever, he’s clever. He manages to get the ball out of his grasp. You can see on tape that he hits his back foot a lot and then boom, he gets the ball to the check down swiftly. He has a heightened sense of vision. I’m capable of doing everything. “Hey, he’s a hell of a football player.”
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