Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was happy that his new coach
Brandon Staley reached out to him. Herbert, who was selected at No. 6 in the last NFL draft, will for the fourth time as a college or NFL quarterback learn new playbook.
The Chargers finished the season on a four-game winning streak but still missed the playoffs as their final overall record saw them winning seven games and losing nine games. Long-time Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn paid the price for the team missing the playoffs as the Chargers fired Lynn shortly after the end of the regular season.
"To be as busy as he was with everything going on, he reached out to me and that meant a lot to me," said Herbert, who on Thursday was named the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year, an award based on fan voting.
"We kind of just talked about what he saw going forward. I know that talking about the offense and about all that stuff is coming up soon."
Herbert excited about the Super Bowl
Herbert spent Week 1 on the bench but was the starter in the rest of the season.
"I've been through this before. It would be great to have one playbook throughout your career but it's not going to always happen like that," he said. "I think it's a great opportunity to learn. You always learn from each playbook.
I think you have a great understanding of the game of football the more you go through it. I've had the opportunity to learn from so many different guys and philosophies and I think that's helped my game. Hopefully, this is the last change that I'll go through because I really believe in those two guys."
Meanwhile, Herbert expect to see a great battle when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Kansas City Chiefs in the upcoming Super Bowl LV. "Those are two teams that have arguably the two best defenses in the league and I don't think they get enough credit as they deserve," Herbert said.
"Whether it's (Kansas City safety) Tyrann Mathieu or (Tampa Bay safety) Antoine Winfield, you got a bunch of guys on both sides of the ball that you need to be looking out for and two pretty incredible quarterbacks as well. So regardless of what happens, I know it's going to be an incredible game."