NFL Rumors: Who will replace A.J. Smith as the San Diego Chargers GM?

By Kenny Gardner
A.J. Smith San Diego Chargers
Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

A.J. Smith was fired as general manager of the San Diego Chargers after 10 seasons in this position.  Michael Gehlken of said, “Jimmy Raye will be interviewed this week as a candidate to fill the Chargers’ vacancy at general manager.”

San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel Tom Gamble, Atlanta Falcons Director of Player Personnel David Caldwell and Arizona Cardinals VP of Player of Personnel Steve Keim are candidates.

According to Gehlken, these candidates as well as Indianapolis Colts Vice President of football operations Tom Telesco is a candidate to replace Smith as San Diego’s general manager.

Raye is San Diego’s current Director of Player Personnel, Gamble has 24 years of experience in the NFL, Caldwell has 15 years of experience, Telesco became a scout for Indy in 1998 and Keim has been with Arizona for 14 years.

San Diego’s front office has to hire someone who will make the team competitive again because San Diego missed the playoffs from 2010-2012 and has no playoff wins after the 2008 season.

Smith signed, drafted and traded for the players as well as hired Norv Turner to be San Diego’s head coach even though he had a .414 career winning percentage prior to being hired by Smith.

Smith had a tendency to select players in round one of the NFL Draft who ended up suffering with injuries in the league.  Six of San Diego’s last eight first round picks suffered major injuries with the team.

San Diego did not have a losing record in a season with Smith as the GM from 2004-2011, but San Diego’s playoff record during this time was 3-5 under two head coaches.

San Diego’s next GM will more than likely be responsible for signing the team’s next head coach, so hopefully the right candidate is chosen to replace Smith.


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