Chargers GM: We’re not just an offensive line away from winning the Super Bowl

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Plenty of mock drafts have the Chargers using their first-round pick, and perhaps some later picks as well, on improving the offensive line in front of franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. But Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco says it may not be so simple.

Telesco says he sees a lot of areas he wants to improve in next week’s draft, when the Chargers pick 13th overall and have a pick in every round, plus extra picks in the third and sixth rounds.

“Let’s not forget we need to add talent amongst the whole football team. We’re trying to build a balanced football team,” Telesco said. “I don’t know if we’re you know, just a better offensive line away from winning a championship.”

The Chargers currently have Trey Pipkins penciled in as their starting left tackle, and Telesco said this week that they’re bullish on Pipkins. So while it’s highly likely that the Chargers will draft an offensive lineman at some point next week, don’t be so sure that it’s going to be their top priority.

9 responses to “Chargers GM: We’re not just an offensive line away from winning the Super Bowl

  1. I really want to see Justin Herbert succeed but this seems like a strange statement to make after they went out and bought 2/5 of what was the best pass blocking, and arguably best overall, O-line in football over the past several years.

  2. A pandemic,a particular city in crisis,and now throw in “don’t expect too much we’re in a complete rebuild”.That’s how you sell those luxury boxes & season tickets.

  3. And to think media and some fans were praising Telesco as some great GM BB was finishing up his second dynasty as the architecht.


    Somehow, some way, he’s not the greatest GM ever, though.

    Carry on.

  4. They might want to think about finding a city that actually wants the franchise so they aren’t the “visitors” at home games.

  5. They did a better job than KC did. Herbert will prove to be a better overall QB than Mahomes, too.

  6. KC just gave up a lot to trade for Orlando Brown to protect Mahommes. They got the message.

    The Chargers:

    Need to sign a left tackle in Rd 1 or 2. If they go cornerback with No. 1 will a LT be available at No 2? If they can draft Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater or Christian Darrisaw at No. 1, they’d be set on the OL and Chargers would have a much better running and passing game.

  7. I respect his honesty. His realistic evaluation of his team runs contrary to the tendency for some GMs and HCs to over hype their teams, leading to unmet unwarranted expectations. It is one thing to be optimistic, it’s another to be delusional. LA haters to the contrary, the Chargers will find a welcome home in their new location. San Diego, rightfully, didn’t give into blackmail by spending taxpayers money on a new stadium. No welfare for billionaires. Their new LA home is privately financed, as it should be.

  8. “The Chargers will find a welcome home in their new location”

    Not if they don’t start winning. LA is a harsh town when it comes to losers, especially new losers as they can just watch their other team.

  9. The Clippers played in the shadow of the Lakers for decades and dispite being fairly bad still had a good fan base. The Dodgers still free over 3 million during parts of the 1900s and 2000s, even when they had losing seasons. The Chargers will do just fine, LA haters to the contrary.

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