According to a report from Chargers.com, the team has retained former Green Bay Packers general Manager Ron Wolf as a consultant to help establish a process to fill the two recently vacated positions.
Wolf will also advise Chargers President Dean Spanos throughout the process.
There will be a "four-person working group" that will consist of Spanos, Wolf, Assistant General Manger & Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ed McGuire and Director of College Scouting John Spanos.
John Spanos, the son of Chargers president Dean Spanos, was thought to be a front runner to replace Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye, who was considered a candidate to replace A.J. Smith.
The "four-person working group" or "The Quartet" as I am dubbing them, will be responsible for conducting all interviews regarding the general manager and head coach vacancies.
Once a general manager is found and hired, that person will then join "The Quartet" in interviewing and selecting the next head coach of the Chargers.
The Chargers will extremely tight-lipped regarding the names of potential candidates interviewing for either the general manager or head coach positions, partly due to the fact that some of the candidates the Chargers may be interested in are employed with team that are in the playoffs.
The immediate goal of "The Quartet" is to first hire a new general manger, in which case "The Quartet" would then be dubbed "The Firm." However "The Quartet" is looking to remain incredibly flexible in trying to attract the best possible candidate for each position.
Could this possibly mean that Dean Spanos would actually give some of the general manager duties (including player personnel decisions) to the new head coach?
That would be rather astonishing.
"The Quartet" is looking to begin the interview and hiring process immediately!
As of this morning, the Chargers will contact the NFL to seek permission to speak with potential candidates that are currently employed, including those whose teams are in the playoffs.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Chargers have already begun contacting some of the coaches and general managers that were let go as of this morning.
So, it has begun!
A new era of Chargers football will soon begin!
Let's just hope "The Quartet" knows what they are doing.