San Diego Chargers Could Utilize No-Huddle Offense

By Kevin Chan
Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
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With an entirely new offensive coaching staff in town, the San Diego Chargers offense could look completely different next season compared to years past.

Chargers fans are used to seeing San Diego’s structured offense based on personnel groupings run by former head coach and play-caller Norv Turner.

Things could be very different next season as three new coaches in San Diego have experience with the no-huddle offense and could try to implement it to give the league’s 31st ranked offense a spark. Head coach Mike McCoy ran a successful no-huddle offense with Peyton Manning last season as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, while new quarterbacks coach Frank Reich worked with Manning while they were members of the Indianapolis Colts. New offensive coordinator and play-caller Ken Whisenhunt also occasionally ran the no-huddle with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Chargers rarely went no-huddle under Turner unless it was in hurry-up situations before the end of either half.

When asked about the no-huddle offense, both McCoy and Whisenhunt were open to it, but will also see if Philip Rivers feels comfortable running it.

“A lot of it’s dependent on the QB,” Whisenhunt said. “I think there’s a lot of things that (Rivers) can do and does well, and it’s going to be our job to try to emphasize those things.”

The no-huddle offense definitely has its advantages. It keeps opposing defenses off-balance, wears them down faster, and doesn’t allow them enough time to substitute players. However, it emphasizes the quarterback to read defenses faster and communicate plays at the line of scrimmage. Can Philip Rivers, who has struggled protecting the football and developing chemistry with his receivers, consistently run the no-huddle?

That remains to be seen, but everyone can agree that Rivers could definitely use a change right now after regressing the past two seasons under Norv Turner.

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