San Diego Chargers to Run More No-Huddle?

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip  Rivers (17) calls out in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers new offensive coordinator Frank Reich stepped in front of the media for the first time yesterday and impressed. He showed a passion for the game and was excited to talk football. One of the things that stood out form his time at the podium was his love for the no-huddle offense:

“I love everything about the no-huddle,” he said.  “I have been involved with it for a lot of years. I always have looked at it like a prize fight. You are a heavyweight champion and you get in there and you have to dictate the pace of the fight. Sometimes you go in there and it’s a flurry. Other times you stick, you jab, you move. There are other times you are just kind of moving around trying to get to the next round and then you throw the knockout blow. You are setting up things. You mix the tempo. You mix what you are doing. You keep teams off balance and get them tired. It presents communication problems for them. “ –

The Chargers did a good job of moving the ball down the field in the no-huddle offense. They were able to catch defenses off guard and were able to take advantages of the mismatches on the field. We could see a lot more no-huddle going forward.