Indianapolis Colts executive Tom Telesco was one of the few people kept onboard after the Bill Polian era and for good reason; the VP of football operations is one of the best in the league. He received that title after a promotion from the Colts organization, and his hard work earned him an interview with the San Diego Chargers for their GM vacancy that was created after the obvious firing of A.J. Smith on Black Monday.
Kevin Acee tweeted the news of Telesco’s interview with the Chargers, and he also added that the Chargers team execs are headed to New York “presumably to interview Marc Ross”.
Ross is a more high-profile candidate from Telesco, and he and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble are regarded as the two biggest GM candidates out there. Ross is the New York Giants director of college scouting, and he is probably an even more respected talent evaluator than the Colts’ Telesco is.
The Chargers are interested in several of the league’s finest prospective GMs, including Gamble and Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals. The Atlanta Falcons David Caldwell also interviewed with San Diego, but the rumor is that he and the Jacksonville Jaguars are close to a deal that would make him Gene Smith’s replacement.
Jimmy Raye III is the Chargers director of player personnel, and he is the only in-house candidate to receive an interview and major consideration for the GM opening. Raye has been with the Chargers organization for over 15 years, so that could be something to watch for.
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