The Chargers have continued the slew of General Manger vacancies getting filled today with the hiring of Tom Telesco. He has been with the Indianapolis Colts for 15 years, but is in his first year as the vice president of football operations. The Chargers owners fired GM A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner this year after a slide on and off the field for San Diego in recent years. The young, 40, Telesco will now be charged with finding a head coach that can fix the problems that have developed on the field with QB Philip Rivers and his supporting cast that lacks any sort of punch.
Prior to becoming the vice president of football operations, Telesco served six years as the director of player personnel for Indianapolis. He was obviously in on the decision to draft QB Andrew Luck as well as probably serving in a low-level capacity when the team drafted QB Peyton Manning. He obviously had a major say in building the Manning Colt juggernaut and retooling this season to make the playoffs with a 20+ turnover rookie QB. As much as we all realize that Luck is special, he needed help to be able to make the playoffs with that many turnovers and the Colts front office did well to rebuild this team after a terrible 2011-12.
Jimmy Raye, expected to be hired as the new San Diego GM as soon as a few days ago, will likely be interviewed for one of the remaining GM spots left or else will have to accept a job with the new regime or look to a contact he has made in the NFL in another office. Telesco will now have a talented but under-performing roster to work with. Expect him to hire another offensive minded head coach, which is what all teams have been looking for this season, and try to make a splash with a great defensive coordinator, possibly a Lovie Smith type.
With only a couple GM vacancies left, look for them to fill quickly with the front office possibilities that are still out there. The Bolts will need to build their new front office and find a head coach quickly because the popular hires will soon be picked over and San Diego will be let with only the other teams’ refuse. Telesco deserves this shot and has one of the better chances of finding success if Philip Rivers doesn’t end up needing to be replaced.