Herbert, who is beginning his third year with the Chargers, finished last season second in passing yards (5,014) and third in touchdowns (38). He has been as good as advertised and then some, especially according to former NFL coach Mike Martz, who coached the then-St. Louis Rams between 2000 and 2005 and was their offensive coordinator when they won Super Bowl XXXIV.
“There’s something different about him that only comes along every 50 years, like a [Tom] Brady,” Martz said in a video on The 33rd Team. “Justin is in early in the morning with the coaches. He stays as late as they’ll let him. He just wants to be the best quarterback in the National Football League. That’s just who he is.
“When you get a guy that has all the talent, there’s no flaws to him. When you have that kind of commitment out of him and he’s very modest and humble, and yet he’s a fiery competitor that has that great skill, there’s really nothing that he can’t do. And he’s young.”
Martz continued praising Herbert’s talent by discussing just how natural his efforts are at the quarterback position.
“He’s got great touch, anticipation, he lays the ball out there when he needs to,” said Martz. “There’s just no quit in this guy.”
Herbert may be on his way to being one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, but first, he needs to lead his team to the playoffs. Then, perhaps, the Tom Brady comparisons will start to hold a little weight.