Chargers GM Telesco Says Team Will Be Patient In Search For New Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the teams that dismissed their head coach on ‘Black Monday,’ saying so long to Anthony Lynn.

While other teams are quickly setting up interviews and meetings with potential candidates, the Chargers are taking a rather different approach to their coaching search.


“If it’s something that we have to wait for, we’ll wait. We’ll wait, and we’ll make it work,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said Wednesday.

“We have an opportunity to ascend and ascend quickly. We’ve got work to do. Obviously, it’s nowhere near a perfect roster, but I think we got a bright future here.”

The usual names on the list for the Chargers include Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Most of the hot candidates are still on teams that are in the postseason, so even if the Chargers locked one up, they would have to wait till that team is out of the playoffs to make the hire.

It was not an easy move for the Bolts to can Lynn, who had garnered respect in and out of the organization in his time as head coach.

Telesco said all the blame for the team’s lack of success shouldn’t have fallen on Lynn, and that he also needs to do a better job himself going forward.

“I really feel like he made me a better GM. So, but, you know, just quite simply, we just didn’t win enough games the last two years,” Telesco said.

“Is that all on the head coach? Obviously not. It’s a partnership between myself and the head coach, and I need to do a better job getting this team over the hump.”

Telesco hiring a new coach is becoming old hat. The next hire will be the third head coach he has hired since taking over for A.J. Smith back in January of 2013.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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