After an extensive nine-day search, San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos officially announced Wednesday that former Indianapolis Colts Vice-President of Football Operations Tom Telesco will be the Chargers' next general manager.
We set out to find the right person to bring about positive change for the San Diego Chargers,” said Spanos, according to Chargers.com.
It was a tough decision, but in the end, all signs pointed to Tom. He is highly respected among his NFL peers. His work ethic is extraordinary. He is honest, humble, engaging and an excellent communicator. And, most important, he knows how to build a winning football team.
The Chargers spent a full week interviewing potential candidates, including current Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye.
Raye was considered to be the frontrunner for the vacant general manager position, having already spent 17 seasons with the Chargers, first as a scout, then as the team's Director of College Scouting. He assumed his current role in 2008.
With the Chargers choosing to go outside rather than promote within, Raye has caught the attention of the New York Jets, according to a report from NBCSports.com.
The Jets have been looking for a new general manager after parting ways with Mike Tannenbaum.
Telesco will oversee every aspect of football operations and player personnel decisions for the Chargers.
He will now join the four-man team I dubbed "The Quartet," consisting of Dean Spanos, Director of College Scouting John Spanos, Assistant General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ed McGuire and consultant Ron Wolf to search for and select the 15th head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
At the age of 40, Telesco will be the youngest general manager in the history of the San Diego Chargers.
Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian had this to say about Telesco:
I’m thrilled that Tom has been named the general manager of the Chargers, he is a first-rate executive, a first-rate football man and a first-rate person. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for over 20 years. I can assure you and assure all Chargers fans that he will do a great job for them.
Now that Telesco has been lured away from Indianapolis, does that mean Colts interim head coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians could now be the frontrunner for the Chargers' vacant head coach position?
According to NFL.com, the Chargers are scheduled to meet with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and UCLA head coach Jim Mora, whose representatives were contacted by the Chargers yesterday.