Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Depending on who you ask, he is the greatest QB of all-time.
WIth Brees having retired from the league after a 20-year career, he will be an on-air personality with NBC Sports. As part of his preparation for the new role, the production team held a mock production meeting in Costa Mesa, enabling Brees to attend Chargers minicamp.
While there, Brees was able to get an intimate look at their QB, Justin Herbert.
“Having him sit through our meetings and being able to talk about the offense, especially an offense he knows so much about, is always great,” Herbert said. “He’s a guy that I’m gonna reach out to continuously.”
The pressure is on Herbert to adjust to Joe Lombardi’s offense and also duplicate or top his impressive rookie season. Defenses will enter the 2021 season with a better understanding of Herbert’s game.
"Seeing defenses is one of the biggest things," Herbert said when asked about the advice Brees shared, "and going through these practices and making mistakes, and making the wrong MIKE [middle linebacker] I.D. and flipping a protection when you shouldn't have and going through that and learning through the process.
"If you're scared and you're not going to make these MIKE points, you're not going to get any better and you have to go out and kind of force yourself to be uncomfortable in these situations so you can learn. That's just one of those things that we touched on and I found that pretty smart on his behalf."
With heightened defensive pressure expected, Herbert also has more offensive weapons, such as Jared Cook, Brees' former receiver.
"He's so smart and he knows exactly how these routes need to be ran," Herbert said.
At wide receiver he's dealing with Keenan Allen, Josh Palmer, Mike Williams, Tyron Johnson and much more. Similar to Brees in New Orleans, the Chargers have done what they can to assemble the best hands and route runners around their thrower.
Brees told reporters he’s “actually been really impressed” with Herbert, and the second-year QB has given him much reason to think that. Having won Offensive Rookie of the Year, throwing for over 4,000 yards, and setting multiple rookie records isn’t anything to sneeze at.
The two developing a relationship could go a long way for Herbert. Especially since reaching out to Brees was something he mentioned months ago to learn and given their connection to Lombardi.