With the Chargers slumping on the field and in the process of sliding to L.A. off it, one of the biggest questions for the franchise moving forward will be whether current high-profile employees would make the move along with the players.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that G.M. Tom Telesco currently isn’t believed to be in danger of being relieved of his duties after the season. However, Acee provides no similar assurance for coach Mike McCoy.
If the Chargers continue on a path that has them at 2-7 through nine games, with the only wins coming against the 1-7 Lions and 2-7 Browns, the Chargers will feel compelled to do something to energize the franchise in advance of a move -- especially if 2-7 becomes 3-13, 4-12, or 5-11.
Telesco apparently won’t be included among the changes. To remain over the long haul, however, Telesco may have to change his approach.
There could be a connection between Telesco’s affinity for small, fast players and the epidemic of injuries that has kept the Chargers from fulfilling expectations that had many viewing them as potential postseaon contenders. But cleaning house apparently won’t be the move that’s made come January -- especially since a member of the Spanos family (John) has now grown into the role of running the football operation.
The General Manager, whoever it may be, needs to be willing to work with (and possibly at times defer to) Spanos. Telesco apparently is, which could give him an edge over other candidates for the job who would possibly be less inclined to work with (or for) a member of ownership who decided to become more directly involved in the family business than most.
Regardless, the prospect of sharing a stadium with the Raiders in L.A. will make it even more important for the Chargers to be competitive on the field, since they’ll be competing with their roommates for fans (and dollars) in their new home -- if the Iger maneuver results in both teams getting the league’s blessing to relocate.