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.