Los Angeles Chargers: New QB Rankings Rate Justin Herbert Slanderously Low

Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

CBS Sports dropped their newest quarterback rankings and it is not all too kind to Los Angeles Chargers signal caller Justin Herbert. It places him ninth, behind a few highly questionable NFL passers.

Los Angeles Chargers QB Ranked 9th-Best

It is hard to argue with Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and maybe…maybe…Joe Burrow. But placing Brock Purdy seven spots ahead of Herbert makes one question the author’s football acumen. Sure, Purdy has captained an offense to two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, but there is a lot more that goes into ranking quarterbacks, beyond wins and losses.

But along those lines, Herbert has proven to be a ‘win because of’ quarterback even when presented with less-than-ideal circumstances around him. The same can’t be said about Jalen Hurts and Dak Prescott. Similarly, CJ Stroud has exactly one very serendipitous season under his belt. I do believe a ‘slow your roll’ recommendation is due for voting him Top-5 this season.

2023 QB Statistical Comparisons

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers
Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll leave Mahomes, Allen, and Jackson out of this, ceding the point that they are the top three quarterbacks. A look at the remaining six QBs through a statistical lens shows that Herbert tops these others in several categories.

QB Justin HerbertBrock PurdyJoe BurrowCJ StroudJalen HurtsDak Prescott
Comp % 65.169.466.863.965.469.5
Success Rate17th1st18th13th14th2nd
NFL QBR5th1st21st16th12th2rd
Pressure %15th Most16th23rd14th18th28th
Bad Throws20th Most21st12th31st8th 2nd
INT %2nd Fewest24th9th1st27th6th
PFF Grade10th8th21st16th9th 2nd
NFL: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports