The choice has been made and Tom Telesco is now officially the new general manager for the San Diego Chargers. It wasn’t a huge surprise with him and Bolts director of player personnel Jimmy Raye being the two finalists vying for the opening, but this could mean big things for the now pressing head coaching position.
In what feels like a game of connect the dots, the Chargers decision to name Telesco as the new GM pretty much hints that Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach for 2012 Bruce Arians will be the next head coach in San Diego. Or does it?
The team is said to be planning meetings with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, UCLA coach Jim Mora, and former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. While Arians may still appear to be the logical frontrunner with an interview scheduled at some point next week, Zimmer is a name that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Telesco is officially the youngest GM in franchise history and perhaps he will look to continue with that new blood vibe with Zimmer. The Chargers have been mired in a state of status quo personnel and front office decisions in recent seasons. That mindset has led to the team’s gradual demise as a premier franchise in the NFL and forced them to play catch up as a result. Hopefully their new GM is ready to buck that trend and blaze his own trail as the new man in charge of the Bolts.
As for Zimmer, he has been a lead candidate for many jobs in recent years, but none of his interviews have resulted in head coaching opportunities. Zimmer’s defense in Cincinnati ranked 4th in the league in 2009 and took a step back to the middle of the pack in 2010 before finishing 7th in 2011 and 6th overall this past season. His track record as a defensive mind is unquestionable and his brash style is something that should appeal to a team looking for the polar opposite of Norv Turner.
There’s no doubt that Telesco has his hands full trying to retool this Chargers roster and name a head coach over the next few months. Adding Zimmer into the mix would just be the first of what fans hope will be many great moves to come in the future of his tenure as GM.
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