For the primary time in 16 years, Drew Brees was current at a Chargers minicamp observe on Wednesday. The crew’s quarterback from 2001-05 earlier than having an illustrious 15-year run with the Saints, Brees stored a detailed eye on Justin Herbert, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Yr who has his sights set on having a good larger season in 2021.
It is protected to say that Brees favored what he noticed from Herbert, who threw for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns in 15 video games as a rookie.
“There isn’t any doubt his bodily instruments are pretty much as good as anyone I’ve ever seen,” Brees mentioned, by way of Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Instances. “By all accounts, he is an important employee, he is bought nice management qualities, he is bought numerous intangibles.”
Together with watching Herbert, Brees frolicked Wednesday chatting with new Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who served as Brees’ quarterbacks coach for 10 seasons. Lombardi additionally spent two seasons as Matthew Stafford’s offensive coordinator in Detroit.
“I believe he brings a ton of information and expertise, not solely teaching quarterbacks but in addition throughout the system that we ran,” Brees mentioned of Lombardi. “I believe he’ll have the ability to tailor make that for Justin’s abilities and the instruments he has round him.”
Herbert is not the one member of the 2020 quarterback class who’s altering coordinators. After a yr in Chan Gailey’s offense, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will now work with co-offensive coordinators George Godsey and Eric Studesville. Earlier this offseason, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians — a self-proclaimed quarterback whisperer — made headlines by stating that altering coordinators could be the “worst factor that may occur” to a younger quarterback. Whereas this has definitely been the case for some quarterbacks, it seems that Herbert is healthier ready than different quarterbacks relating to altering coordinators.
Herbert had taken steps in the direction of studying Lombardi’s offense previous to OTAs. He spoke to Brees, who received a Tremendous Bowl with Lombardi serving as his quarterbacks coach. Herbert additionally reached out to his new heart, All-Professional Corey Linsley. He started throwing passes with Keenan Allen and several other different teammates effectively earlier than the beginning of voluntary crew actions.
It additionally helps that Herbert had completely different offensive coordinators throughout his time at Oregon. And whereas change isn’t straightforward, it hasn’t hindered Herbert’s efficiency previously, and it should not result in a drastic drop-off in manufacturing now.
“I believe there will be elements [of the game plan] which can be fairly comparable however then different elements which can be that are not so comparable,” Herbert mentioned, by way of Sports activities Illustrated. “I believe one of many nice issues that I’ve needed to undergo is I’ve needed to undergo three or 4 completely different offenses, and you have needed to sort of discover a method to be taught and choose them up rapidly. I believe I’ve carried out job of that, and hopefully, this yr isn’t any completely different.”
It additionally helps that Herbert — in line with Brees — has generational expertise so far as bodily abilities are involved.