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Telesco’s first task: Finding a coach

Telesco is pictured as he is introduced as the new general manager of the San Diego Chargers during a news conference at the NFL team's headquarters in San Diego Reuters

The Chargers officially introduced Tom Telesco as their new General Manager on Wednesday, and his first order of business will be simple, but perhaps not easy:  Find the right coach.

“He is leading the process,” owner Dean Spanos regarding Telesco during a press conference.  “We’ll all be there, but ultimately it will be his decision at the end of the day.”

The work nevertheless began before Telesco arrived.  Spanos said the Chargers originally had 15-to-20 candidates, and that the list has since been pared down.  Spanos confirmed that only one was interviewed — new Bills coach Doug Marrone.

“I had a list of candidates, which I’m not going to get into specifically, but I have a list and did some research,” Telesco added.  “The interview committee had a list that they had researched and luckily our lists are almost the same, so we’re already ahead of the game there.  But as soon as we’re done here, we’ll probably get right back to the meeting room and start looking at the head coaching list.”

The Chargers are believed to be interested in Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and UCLA coach Jim Mora.

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11 Responses to “Telesco’s first task: Finding a coach”
  1. RoofDude says: Jan 9, 2013 8:33 PM

    That pic looks like the guy off the State Farm commercial with a shave….. the “french model”… bon jour

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 9, 2013 8:34 PM

    Lovie Smith.
    This general manager thing is easy.

  3. jasons81 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:48 PM

    Jim Mora? Seriously? Might as well hire Norv Turner back.

  4. bloomingtonindy says: Jan 9, 2013 8:58 PM

    Inside track to Arians.

  5. chad504boy says: Jan 9, 2013 8:59 PM

    Kyle Shanahan

  6. babyjesus69 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    Greg Roman is gonna be the next chargers hc after having gone to college with Telesco or or the next Jaguars hc after having been roommates with new gm Caldwell. If Roman doesn’t get either job then somethings wrong with Roman

  7. mazblast says: Jan 9, 2013 9:58 PM

    Zimmer and Arians are each quality choices; Mora…

  8. stevenwilliams2013 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:38 PM

    Is this guy like 14 years old?

  9. popolover says: Jan 9, 2013 10:39 PM

    Second task at hand….. Do I get Chrisissy Polian or does David Caldwell???

  10. jwreck says: Jan 9, 2013 10:48 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a less charismatic looking person in my life. Chargers fans should be worried he’ll bore this year’s draft class to death during contract negotiations.

  11. faaast1 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:23 AM

    Since Jim Mora’s overall record is that of a loser, he should be a shoo-in for Spanos.

    Arch said it about AJ, but shoe fits equally well for Spanos. He too, is “the lord of no rings.”

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