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Source: John Spanos won’t be Chargers G.M.

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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.

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14 Responses to “Source: John Spanos won’t be Chargers G.M.”
  1. commandercornpone says: Nov 27, 2011 9:01 AM

    well, they only prevented nepotism for people who arent related to the owneer.

  2. packerman1968 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:42 AM

    Look at the Colts and you will see what a problem it can cause.

  3. chmba says: Nov 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    On the other hand, could he be any worse than the buffoon they have for a GM now?

  4. packattack1967 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:50 AM

    Isn’t it their team? I think they can hire whomever they wish. Maybe because the Spanos’ are conservatives….do the Rooneys get this kind of scrutiny?

  5. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Nov 27, 2011 10:04 AM

    I’ve probably heard the word nepotism maybe like 10 times in my life before reading it in like what seems to be about 7 different articles in the last month or so

  6. denverbolt says: Nov 27, 2011 10:25 AM

    These would be much more believable if there wasn’t an error in it. Marty tried to hire his brother as the DC not special teams coordinator.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 27, 2011 10:47 AM

    “When a team fails, heads eventually need to roll — and nepotism keeps that from happening.’

    And fail they have.

    Spanos, the name that keeps on giving. Thanks from the rest of the AFC West.

  8. backindasaddle says: Nov 27, 2011 11:09 AM

    “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.”
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    That’s because ownership wants to have somebody that will actually do all the work, who actually knows what they’re doing, will make the right football decisions, and of course somebody that ownership can hold accountable and fire if it doesn’t work out. That is why ownership will not put a family member into that position.

  9. jimmysimpson55 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:16 AM

    Nepotism is illegal in government, unethical in business, but fine and dandy in the NFL. Wrong answer.

  10. dflyn003 says: Nov 27, 2011 12:01 PM

    The Chargers need to take care of one problem at a time and that should begin with finding a competent head coach. We have been norved for far too long and this team is wasting away.

  11. MTLighthouse69 says: Nov 27, 2011 12:18 PM

    commandercornpone said:
    Nov 27, 2011 9:01 AM
    “well, they only prevented nepotism for people who arent related to the owneer.”

    Marty’s son, Brian, was already working for the Chargers as the QB coach. IMO, to say that nepotism wasn’t allowed is a joke. There was already nepotism on the coaching staff before Marty decided that he wanted to bring in his brother Kurt.

  12. thetwilightsown says: Nov 27, 2011 12:31 PM

    Gotta love an article posted strictly for the 5 remaining Charger fans in the world. Way to keep everyone involved!

  13. Sinan says: Nov 27, 2011 1:58 PM

    actually you are wrong about his son the qb coach for the chargers, he was the qb coach for the jets at that time….worked for mangini

  14. MTLighthouse69 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:38 PM

    Sinan said:
    Nov 27, 2011 1:58 PM:”
    actually you are wrong about his son the qb coach for the chargers, he was the qb coach for the jets at that time….worked for mangini”

    ==

    Brian was the QB coach for the Chargers from 2002-2005. My point was, that if nepotism was an issue, it would have been an issue when Marty hired his son. The issue of nepotism would have come up long before (years earlier) Marty wanting to hire his brother Kurt. Granted, I should have been much more clear in my previous post.

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