Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen took to the podium for the first time since the NFL Combine in late February. After an unusually long offseason away from their players, Steichen was all kinds of fired up to be around the guys again and said his biggest takeaway from camp so far has been the energy on either side of the field.
#Chargers OC Shane Steichen said the energy on both sides of the ball has been phenomenal through the last few days.— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 20, 2020
Probably the most note-worthy thing said this morning by Steichen was that Justin Herbert has yet to flinch in the face of the Chargers’ pass-rush, saying that it’s “a good sign for down the road.” This is quite the praise fo the rookie as there’s plenty of established veterans who can’t stand firm when someone like Joey Bosa is staring you down from the edge.
Chargers OC Shane Steichen on Justin Herbert: "He hasn't flinched yet. ... A good sign for down the road." #Chargers— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) August 20, 2020
Staying on the topic of quarterbacks, Steichen was asked about working with a handful of quarterbacks who are all capable of extending plays making things happen with their feet. Steichen mentioned that some of the best and most-exciting plays in football come outside of structure when the QB is scrambling. Think Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson-esque situations.
He’s not wrong, and for the first time in over 16 years, Chargers fans will be treated to that type of quarterback play in 2020.
#Chargers OC Shane Steichen on their QBs: "A lot of the best plays in football come off of scramble plays."— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 20, 2020
Refers to their mobility being a huge factor in what they bring to the offense.
One last thing of note: Steichen is a fan of Justin Jackson running the football. Due to injuries, Jackson’s premiere performance in the NFL is still his rookie performance against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. During that game, Jackson was impossible to bring down on the first tackle and helped spur one of the most-exhilarating comebacks in recent team history.
#Chargers OC Shane Steichen points at Justin Jackson's performance in the SNF PIT game in 2018 as proof of his "wiggle" and "shake" that he brings to the offense.— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 20, 2020
Friday, we’ve got Anthony Lynn for the third time to finish out this week of training camp. He hits the podium at 9:15am.