Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is now the practical lock for Offensive Rookie of the Year after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a devastating knee injury on Sunday that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Herbert may have even been the heavy favorite regardless of Burrow’s status, and that’s saying something, considering Burrow had been one of the lone bright spots for the Bengals and one of the most highly-touted draft prospects in some time.
But Herbert is just that good.
In Week 11, the New York Jets learned that the hard way, putting up a solid fight and losing by only six points (which really should have been eight if not for a last-second safety,) while Herbert went for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-28 victory.
The Chargers’ record doesn’t reflect just how good Herbert has been since he took over as the starter in Week 2, as they’re just 2-7 in those nine games, but the takes are already starting to flow in about whether or not the Bengals, Miami Dolphins and other teams were wrong to have passed on Herbert.
Thus, it makes sense that Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott would have some comments on the rookie Chargers quarterback ahead of their Week 12 matchup in Orchard Park, and it makes sense that he was very complimentary of what the young signal-caller had to offer.
The 22-year-old has thrown 22 touchdowns to six interceptions, and averages 300 yards per-game. He throws confidently and spreads the ball around the field. He’s doing this with no NFL warmup — in fact, he found out he was making his debut just seconds before the Chargers’ Week 2 kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs — and doing it quite well against some really strong defenses.
If he wasn’t, his stat line might look a little uglier, like 2,154 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games. Just spitballing.
Okay, okay. You know where we’re heading with this one. Whether or not McDermott did this intentionally… come on. Seeing ghosts?
It’s very possibly that McDermott was just using the expression, as some seem to think.
But is the possibility there that he did it as a subtle jab? Or maybe even as a subconscious, Freudian slip? Who knows. It’s funny to see the social media fallout in any event.
Just another day in the life for the 0-10 Jets.
The Bills and Chargers will kick things off this Sunday at 1 p.m. EST from Bills Stadium.