Morning Links: Up-tempo offense a success

Good morning. Bernie Wilson of The Associated Press takes a closer look at the success of the no-huddle offense for the San Diego Chargers.

Wilson writes that the Chargers version of the offense has elements from offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s time in Arizona, head coach Mike McCoy’s work with Peyton Manning in Denver, and quarterbacks coach Frank Reich’s experience with the K-Gun during his time with Jim Kelly and Buffalo in the 1990s.

Wilson: “Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt quickly calls in a play — or sometimes two plays at a time. Rivers gets to the line of scrimmage with roughly 20 seconds left on the play clock, enough time to read the defense and either run the play that was called or check into a different play. It's a luxury he didn't have in Norv Turner's offense, unless the Chargers were in a two-minute offense.”

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reports the Raiders-Chargers Sunday night game is a sellout.

More Gutierrez: Oakland running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) missed their second straight practice.

Lindsay Jones and Ray Glier of USA Today takes a closer look into the death of former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver.

According to Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus, the Chargers are running “11” personnel (three receivers, one back, one tight end) 67 percent of the time. Most teams run “11” personnel for two-minute offense, so with San Diego relying on an up-tempo offense, this makes sense.

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus writes that Philip Rivers’ stock is up, while defensive linemen Kendal Reyes and Cory Liuget’s stock is down. Stockwell says the entire San Diego defensive line has a negative grade to start the season, according to their charting system.

Check out this Q & A with Chargers team president Dean Spanos.

Michael Gehlkin of U-T San Diego says that Chargers offensive lineman Jeromey Clary has shown toughness in playing through a painful clavicle injury.