May 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the San Diego Chargers helmets of tackle Jared Gaither (right) and defensive end Logan Harrell (both not pictured) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Raye Joins Indianapolis Colts to do Tom Telesco’s Old Job


Jimmy Raye will not stick around to help out Tom Telesco and the San Diego Chargers. Raye decided to join the Indianapolis Colts and take Telesco’s old job with the team, per Jim Trotter. Raye was thought to be the favorite for the GM position when AJ Smith was fired, but Telesco must have knocked the Chargers brass socks off with his interview. Raye has been a part of the Chargers organization since 1996 and is now moving on as the VP of Football Operations for the Colts.

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  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    Must have really chapped his ass that he did not get the GM job… He’ll be a big loss to our front office!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      pretty sure he was pissed! i would be if i was in the organization for that long and then get passed up for the position.

  • RussinSactown

    It makes sense. He was passed over and I’m guessing if Indy was that impressed with him a week after we took Telesco, then we have lost a good one. I wish him well.

  • tubbs45

    He has always been a good dude, easy to talk to, and on top of it didnt agree with AJ on several key draft picks including Buster Davis. He also disagreed with strong arming VJ…

    • DougM

      I’m OK with strong-arming VJ. Too much $$ for a receiver not named Calvin Johnson. Chargers didn’t lose because of bad WR. They have been losing because PRivers’ pocket collapses inside of 2 seconds.

      • arnie

        You shouldn’t be. Name one 1000 receiver on the chargers roster this year? VJ was a weapon that opened up the running game, and took extra defenders with him. which gave rivers more time, by default.
        the chargers could have had him for $35mil. it’s only after the “strong arming” that you are okay with, that VJ asked for $50. only to get the chargers to trade him. and Aj, after not saying he was worth that much, asked for 1st & 3rd? what? Jimmy Raye wanted VJ to stay. by giving the long term deal, he wanted, before the lock out.

        • DougM

          I’ll still disagree. The offense was a mess because the oline was terrible. No receiver would have gotten 1000 yards this year because Rivers didn’t have the time to find any of them. And to sign VJax prior to the lockout? You remember he went out drinking before a playoff game and had 2 DUIs? …yeah it was obvious he really deserved his money then.

          • arnie

            hey that’s fine. the offense was a mess, only “partly” because of the o-line. this was not a one thing problem. VJ’s absence only made it “worse”. part of PR’s problems was having “no deep threat”. defenses did not have any respect for the WR. so, they double teamed gates. stuffed the run. and were free to pass rush PR, behind a bad 0-line, which lead to less time to pass.
            you don’t have to agree with me. these are just the facts.
            to assume Vj wouldn’t have gotten 1,000 yards receiving, is just that. an assumption. and would be to down-play his impact on this team. as for DUI’s, that was over three and half years ago, get over it. the bucs did.

          • DougM

            True, but the DUIs occurred when the contract trouble started, right? And, worse, was that he went out the night before a playoff game. Totally unacceptable. Hey we’re both fans here. We have our opinions. Me, I’m fine he’s not here in SD collecting a $10M+ salary.

          • arnie

            Agreed. I wasn’t trying to change your mind. I just wanted to state losing him had a bigger impact on this team, than most care to realize. To me that’s propaganda created by the former regime. The DUI’s occurred 3 years, before the contract stuff. I get that’s not acceptable, however consider two things. 1) VJ wasn’t a special team or practice squad scrub. He was key part to this teams success, and deserved a little more consideration, for a player that was learning how to deal with becoming a star. It can go to your head, and time to mature into that role, was needed. 2) it’s not like VJ was carrying a gun, in a night club. arrested for domestic violence, or vehicular manslaughter. His timing for wanting to celebrate, sucked. And he got off easy.
            Anyway, that’s all in the past. I’m excited about what we have, and the changes that have been made.
            Peace.

      • tubbs45

        Maybe not having to focus on free agent new receivers allows the GM to focus on the OL instead of constantly replacing or home grown talent. The Chargers continue to lose because the lack player continuity, one year OL, one year WR, holdouts…. There is no denying River pocket collapsing is issue. AJ had many opportunities to sign sproles and VJ to less expensive, long term deals, but choose to franchise tag them…

  • arnie

    take Care jimmy. see you in the playoffs.