The San Diego Chargers finished the 2012 NFL season with a 7-9 record and changes needed to be made. Many would argue that former general manager A.J. Smith and former head coach Norv Turner should have been fired after the 2011 season, but this did not happen until this past off-season.
The team had been in a downward spiral since 2007, and there are now two new names to get them out of it. Former Indianapolis Colts Director of Player Personnel Tom Telesco was hired to be San Diego’s new GM while former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is the team’s new head coach.
According to Kevin Acee of utsandiego.com, Chargers President Dean Spanos said “There is more enthusiasm than I’ve seen in a long time. It’s not like ‘Oh well, back to work today.’ It’s enthusiasm.”
Spanos continued by saying “Attitude is everything. We had (the same) situation for a long period of time. You never really know exactly what you have until you have changes. Changes were made, and there is a new energy around the club right now, a new attitude. You can see it. It’s at a very high level right now.”
I do not think many people expected Smith or Turner to be brought back after the collapse in 2011. San Diego started the season with a 4-1 record, but went on a six-game losing streak which started against the New York Jets. San Diego led at halftime of this game, but did not score in the second half.
Spanos believes in Telesco and McCoy, but only time will tell if they are the right men for the jobs.