A recent item from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggested that John Spanos, the son of Dean Spanos and grandson of Alex Spanos, could become the next G.M. of the Chargers. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that this won’t happen.
“John Spanos will never serve as the Chargers’ general manager,” the source said. “Some day in the future he may be in a position over all of the team’s football operations and be responsible for hiring a general manager, but that’s well down the road and he will never be the team’s general manager.”
Of course, if John Spanos, 32, is “overseeing” the football operations, he’ll be serving as the General Manager’s manager. Then again, every G.M. answers to someone in the organization, whether it’s a member of ownership or a president/CEO with no family relationship to ownership.
In the end, then, it may just be a matter of semantics. The real question is whether and to what extent John Spanos will be actively involved in making football decisions, and whether he possesses the ability to do so.
That said, it’s possible that John Spanos has acquired the ability to make football decisions. Since high school, Johns Spanos has been involved at all levels of the football business, from player evaluation to scouting to contract negotiations. He currently serves as the director of college scouting.
Still, direct involvement in football decisions would be ironic, to say the least, given that the Spanos family apparently prohibits nepotism within the football side of the organization. It was the desire of former coach Marty Schottenheimer to hire his brother as special-teams coordinator that prompted Marty’s ouster.
While nepotism often is necessary when it comes to the ownership of a professional sports franchise, allowing that concept to drift into football operations can be a problem. When a team fails, heads eventually need to roll — and nepotism keeps that from happening.