There are reports surfacing that the San Diego Chargers intend to name their next general manager by the middle of next week at the latest. The franchise has taken its brain-trust on the road led by team President Dean Spanos along with his son, director of college scouting John Spanos, assistant GM Ed McGuire, and the dream consultant Ron Wolf. Personnel decisions will be vital in resurrecting this Chargers team and that will all get started once a new GM is tabbed.
One man who won’t be back with the Bolts in 2013 officially is former special teams coach Rich Bisaccia who has left the team for a similar position with Auburn University. Some thought of Bisaccia as the coach in waiting behind Norv Turner whenever he was hired, but that has turned out to be a moot point.
As for the GM search, the Bolts committee has ventured to the East Coast to hold a number of interviews and some of the candidates whispered as possibilities are New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Indianapolis Colts VP of football operations Tom Telesco, and Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell. Those are just the East Coast possibilities as both Tom Gamble (director of player personnel with the San Francisco 49ers) and Steve Keim (Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel) are also though to be in contention. The lone man actually confirmed to have been interviewed for the vacancy is Jimmy Raye, the Chargers’ director of player personnel.
In terms of the head coaches that could be left on the market when the Bolts do decide on a GM, Andy Reid is reportedly not going to be one of them. It was originally thought that Reid would interview with the Bolts before making his decision, but the Kansas City Chiefs have officially agreed to terms with the former Philadelphia Eagles coach.
The candidate that has received the most attention and also makes the most sense is Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts interim head coach with Chuck Pagano fighting cancer for much of the 2012 season. Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt who was fired earlier in the week is interested in the Bolts job, but that interest seems to be one-sided. Lovie Smith, former Chicago Bears coach, has been rumored as a top candidate, but there has been no confirmation of those assumptions either.
Ultimately whoever gets the nod as the GM in San Diego will be largely included in the hiring of the next head coach. Both of these nameless men at the moment will be responsible for getting this franchise back on track and building the roster back up into a group of winners. At least it appears now that fans will know more about the direction that this team is headed in by the midway point of next week.
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