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Jim Harbaugh Impressed By Herbert’s Physicality & Throwing

Ahead of his first full season as Chargers head coach, Jim Harbaugh is happy with his lot at quarterback.

Jim Harbaugh has been effusive in his praise of Justin Herbert, and he continued in that vein this week.

Justin Herbert threw a record 31 touchdowns on the way to winning Rookie of the Year in 2020. In 2021 he went to the Pro Bowl on the back of passing for 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns.


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The past two seasons have been much slower for Justin Herbert (26), though. A season-ending finger injury and a five win record have stalled  his momentum. However, Harbaugh has been astounded by what he sees from the quarterback, particularly his physicality.

“The conditioning test was another eye-opener. Just when you think he can’t go another rung on the ladder of my esteem, anyway, he finds another one,” said Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday. “He smashed the conditioning test last Thursday. I mean, crushed it, like out in front with people trying to keep up with him. To the point, the athleticism and strength, really, he could play tight end here. He could play edge rusher here.”


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“He’s been incredible,” Harbaugh said. “I think it’s probably the reaction that everybody has. From my standpoint, I knew he was really good, but you’re right up next to him watching where you can feel the way the ball comes out of his hand. When it comes out, it’s going a lot faster than you think, than it looks on tape. He’s bigger, taller than you’d think watching TV. Every kind of sense — smart. It’s incredible the way he picks things up and masters things. Every detail, every small detail.”

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