The Chargers have found their new man to hopefully right the ship, as late Wednesday the team named Tom Telesco as General Manager.
Telesco takes over for A.J. Smith, who was fired the day after the season along with head coach Norv Turner.
“We set out to find the right person to bring about positive change for the San Diego Chargers,” Bolts owner Dean Spanos said. “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.
Telesco was the Indianapolis Colts Vice President of Football Operations, and the 40-year-old is the youngest GM in Chargers history.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of the San Diego Chargers family and the San Diego community,” said Telesco. “I’m grateful to Dean, John (Spanos), Ed McGuire and Ron Wolf for showing faith in me. I spent a lot of time with them and the interview process was extremely thorough and detailed. We discussed every facet of football operations, top to bottom. During the process it became clear that our philosophies and goals are one and the same. I can’t wait to get started.”
Telesco landed his first full-time NFL gig with the Carolina Panthers in 1995 as a scouting assistant, and from there he quickly moved up the ranks in the NFL.
“There I started to figure out what it’s all about and I liked it,” he said. “As a kid, I just loved football, but I didn’t know much about things like the draft. I just loved to play it. So with the Panthers is where I figured things out.”
Telesco left Carolina in 1998 to become an area scout for the Indianapolis Colts, and spent two years in that role before being promoted to a Pro Scout. In 2003, he was named the team’s Director of Pro Scouting, and in 2005 became the Director of Player Personnel. Prior to the 2012 season, he was elevated yet again to his current role as Vice President of Football Operations before today being named the Chargers General Manager.