To start this article off, here is a little bio about our new GM Tom Telesco.
College: John Carroll University
Degree: Bachelors in Business Management
Here is Mr. Telesco’s career to date:
Tom started as a summer intern for the Buffalo Bills from 1991-1994. In 1995, he started his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. He was with Carolina from 1995-1997. In 1998, he began an impressive journey with the Indianapolis Colts. His tenure includes becoming director of player personnel for the last six years. As of Tom’s hire date, on January 9th 2013, he became the youngest GM in Chargers history.
Now a little about Tom Telesco the man. He was a starting WR for John Carroll University and played from 1991-1994. Tom’s collegiate football team won the championship in 1994. Despite winning the Championship, Telesco has admitted he wasn’t an NFL caliber receiver. Tom is a family man. His intermediate family includes his wife Larah, daughter Elena and two sons, Thomas and Nicholas.
What has Telesco showed us about his character as a GM? I can name the two that impress me the most. One is the fact that he was willing to personally investigate the Gaither frauding. We all know Team owner Dean Spanos made the cut of our injury prone LT . The fact that Tom was not willing to just take the old regime’s opinion for law. And number two, every pick up in free agency this offseason were safe picks. Let’s be honest here big name signing didn’t go that well last year.
Overall I give Tom a B+ so far in his first few months on the job. The reason he does not get an A is it’s pre-draft and there are a lot of former Charger players that signed with other teams thus far. Some of those players, I personally, would like to have seen resigned.
I am going to say be patient with Mr. Telesco. We have yet to see his full plan. He also brings a fire that AJ Smith certainly didn’t have. AJ let talented players leave San Diego due to his enormous ego and Scrooge “bah humbug” attitude.
The bottom line is the COLTS were 155-85 overall while Telesco was there. I certainly can not give him 100% credit, but he was in a management position for both of their two Super bowl appearances. Did I mention they won one of those? I can’t say that about the former regime.
My final thoughts are that I don’t think Tom has sacrificed this season. I also believe that not only do we make the playoffs, but Larry English will finally reach his full potential.
I will save that story for another day.
Thanks for your support,