Newly hired San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco will face his first task as the Chargers leading man now that he has officially been introduced.
Telesco’s first task: Find a head coach.
“He is leading the process,” said owner Dean Spanos during a press conference, per Pro Football Talk. “We’ll all be there, but ultimately it will be his decision at the end of the day.”
Telesco reportedly was handed a list of 15 to 20 candidates for the Chargers head coaching vacancy.
While the list was initially a large one, it is expected to be cut down to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora.
“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 said.
“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.”
It is believed that Arians is the man who San Diego has their eyes set on.
With Telesco in charge, people will immediately draw the connections between the Chargers and Arians because of the two men’s relationship in Indianapolis.
This past season, Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record while serving as the team’s interim head coach in the absence of head coach Chuck Pagano who was undergoing treatment for Leukemia.
Arians is a man who deserves a chance to lead a NFL team and the Chargers would be an excellent opportunity.