The common perception about the Chargers these days is that Tom Telesco is trying to navigate the salary cap hell left for him by A.J. Smith. The Broncos, on the other hand, are going "all in" and are the current favorites to win the Super Bowl. Of course, Peyton Manning and Wes Welker don't have a mound of championships independent of each other. It's more than a bit premature to hold a coronation for them.
But are the Bolts truly planning to take a step or two back in order to move forward in the future? Smith and former head coach Norv Turner were jettisoned after three straight non-playoff seasons. Telesco's "rebuilding" strategy landed the Colts back in the postseason one year after overhauling the roster. For now, all we can do is analyze the moves that he's made (or hasn't made) thus far in San Diego.