Tom Telesco Named GM of San Diego Chargers

By Kevin Chan
Dean Spanos John Spanos San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers announced on Wednesday that Tom Telesco, the Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations, will be the team’s new general manager.

Telesco as well as San Diego’s director of player personnel Jimmy Raye were both frontrunners for the job, but President Dean Spanos decided to go with a fresh face to replace A.J. Smith. Raye, who has been with the team for 17 years, will interview with the New York Jets for their vacant GM job. The Jets were also interested in Telesco.

Telesco worked closely with Colts GM Ryan Grigson and helped build a roster that went from a league-worst 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 and a playoff berth in 2012. Many rookies, especially on offense, contributed this season for the Colts, including Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Vick Ballard and T.Y. Hilton. Given the Chargers’ struggles on offense, Telesco will soon begin preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft and try to bring in impact rookies to help the team’s 31st-ranked offense.

The Chargers haven’t had any impact rookies in years.

Now that the Chargers have their GM, they can begin their search for the next head coach to replace Norv Turner.

Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians now seems like a logical fit given that Telesco has worked with him. Other candidates include UCLA football coach Jim Mora, Chicago Bears former head coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren.

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