Justin Herbert Offensive Rookie of the Year

Justin Herbert Rightfully Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

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By Zac Alfers February 9, 2021 1 Comment
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Justin Herbert: 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers is the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The news comes following the NFL Honors Saturday evening. The voting wasn’t particularly close (sorry Minnesota fans), as Herbert earned 41 of the 50 votes. Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson was the recipient of the remaining nine.

Entering the league out of the University of Oregon, critics blasted Herbert throughout the draft process. Experts constantly questioned if he was even a first-round talent at all. Emmanuel Acho, an analyst/pundit for ESPN, claimed that “he could potentially be one of the biggest mistakes in the draft.”

Despite what was being said about him, Herbert quietly proceeded to work on perfecting his craft. The former Duck has since put together one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in league history. His first start came week two against the Kansas City Chiefs to the surprise of Herbert and the entire team. Tyrod Taylor, the assumed starter, had been rushed to the hospital. Taylor’s lung was punctured from a pain-killing injection given to him by the team’s doctor.

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Herbert’s record-setting rookie season

Blocking out the noise, Justin Herbert proceeded to take the NFL by storm and shattered records along the way. His 31 passing touchdowns, 36 total touchdowns, and 396 total completions all rank as the most ever by a rookie quarterback. Herbert broke the record for most games with at least 300-yards passing (eight) and most yards per game (289.1). His passer rating of 98.3 gives him the fourth-highest mark on the all-time record list. He also became just the sixth rookie in NFL history with 20-plus passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in a single-season.

Overall, Herbert completed 66.6 percent of his passes and threw for 4,336 yards. He also showed a knack for protecting the football, posting an impressive 3.1 touchdown to interception ratio. To put that in perspective, only Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson have higher career ratios. The GOAT, who is Tom Brady, owns a 3.04 TD/INT ratio, according to Football Database.

Even with a lack of experience, Herbert is one of the best players at his position. He finished the season ranked sixth in total passing, 10th in passing touchdowns, and 12th in passer rating. “We did this together,” wrote a humble Herbert. “It’s an honor that I would like to dedicate to the entire Chargers organization and Bolt family. I’m so thankful for my teammates, coaches, and everyone in the front office. Thank you for teaching me so much more than just the game of football.”

What’s Next for Herbert?

What makes these accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that Justin Herbert was denied a typical offseason. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, he had to learn a brand-new offense over Zoom. Nevertheless, Herbert still continued to ball out without a single preseason game and a shortened training camp.

Herbert knows the hard work is far from over. He now prepares to build off his rookie year and captain the Bolts to their first AFC West Title since 2009. Head Coach Brandon Staley enters his first year with the organization in 2021. The type of offense Staley hopes to implement is a bit of a mystery. However, I think it’s safe to say the Chargers’ outlook at QB-1 looks extremely bright.

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I cover the Chargers for Chargers Brawl. I'm a huge SD sports fan (Bolts, Padres, Aztecs) I also follow the Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks.



Sean Goldman

February 9, 2021

Great Piece Zac! Excited for the Chargers 2021 season and to see what herbie can do for the bolts.

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