Mario Cristobal ‘impressed but not surprised’ by Justin Herbert’s NFL debut


Ever since the Los Angeles Chargers drafted Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Oregon Ducks have been waiting to see No. 10 take the field for his NFL debut.

That moment came unexpectedly in week two of the NFL season.

Veteran starter Tyrod Taylor was ruled out seconds before kickoff against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and it was the rookie’s turn to run the offense. 

You know the rest. It was a historical rookie debut. Herbert threw 22-of-33 completions for 311 yards, two touchdowns - one through the air, one on the ground - and one interception.

The performance earned Herbert his first NFL Rookie of the Week honors.

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The support for Herbert from his Oregon coaching staff didn’t end after his last collegiate football game.

The ongoing global pandemic resulted in the NFL Draft to be fully virtual this year, but that didn’t stop Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal and the Oregon coaching staff from driving to Herbert’s family home in Eugene, Oregon for a celebratory car parade after getting picked at No. 6.

And then Cristobal got the alert on his phone that Herbert was to start last Sunday.

“You know we all saw No. 10 now, you know we were all watching when that alert went out that Justin Herbert was going to start the game.


Impressed but not surprised. We all know. I mean you’ve seen enough film of him. Him live, you’ve seen him do stuff at practice. He’s going to carry that stuff over and have an unbelievable career. So excited for him, so happy for him and you can tell that the team really respects him, appreciates him and wants to play hard for him.

Mario Cristobal on Justin Herbert

Apparently, Cristobal is still waiting for his Los Angeles Chargers hat though…