Rivers ran much of the first series no-huddle and was pleased with his team’s progress.
“We were going good, we were going fast,” he said. “We ran it well and completed what we threw to a few different guys. We were going in a no-huddle mode and we ran it well. It was a good start. We have a lot to still improve on but a lot we can build on from by getting off this way.”
“It’s great just to get back out there hitting other people,” he said. “I think you grow tired of hitting your teammates. It was a lot of fun to get back into a game atmosphere.”
Rivers went 4-for-4 for 61-yards and completed passes to Woodhead,
The drive ended on an unfortunate note with Mathews fumbling on the goal line. While the fumble was certainly the worst part of the drive, Mathews only coughed the ball up twice all of last season.
“Ryan was sick about it and I know he knows that can’t happen,” Rivers said. “It would have been nice to finish that thing with a touchdown but it was a heck of a drive.”
During the offseason, Reich described his upcoming offense as tough and discussed placing an emphasis on the fast-paced, no-huddle offense. While Rivers and his teammates ran it well, number 17 said he plans on mixing it in throughout the season.
“Anytime you’re in the no-huddle you can go fast and you can go slow,” Rivers said. “We will huddle. It’s not like we’re going to be exclusive no-huddle. We will huddle, we’ll go fast, we’ll go slow and we’ll mix it up. I don’t think that first drive is who we’re going to be four quarters of every game, but it’ll certainly be a part of it.”