Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of fans arriving to Qualcomm Stadium for the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

A New Era Of Chargers Football

A new era in Chargers football has started. AJ Smith warned us on what would happen if they missed the playoffs again and here it is. A new era of Chargers football. A new attitude in the front office. A new look in the coaching staff. A renewed excitement from the hometown fans.

Dean Spanos had to make a change and he decided to clean house. He could have taken the easy way out and just hired from within, but he decided to take a risk with someone outside of the organization. He went with youth at the general manager position with Tom Telesco and entrusted him to steer this ship in the right direction.

Not many people know anything about Tom Telesco, but in his first press conference, he won over fans with his confidence, youthfulness and excitement. His presence in front of the microphone was different from the previous regime. He still hadn’t made one football decision, but he looked the part.

Then the hunt for the head coach position began. Solid names were brought to town for interviews. He made his decision and plucked Mike McCoy from the division rivals. McCoy was one of the best available candidates this offseason and will getting his first chance to coach. He stepped up to the mic and was just as impressive as Telesco.

The new regime has youth. The new regime has confidence. And the new regime will put in work!!

McCoy addressed the media on his first day at the job and said that he would bring in an offensive coordinator and that guy will call the plays. Good to see McCoy wouldn’t add extra work on his plate for his first time around. When making the decision for the new OC, he chose veteran coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt has head coaching experience and he has won a Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator.

To fill the defensive coaching staff, McCoy kept John Pagano around to keep continuity. Pagano had already built a strong foundation with the unit and it just looks to build upon that this season.

McCoy has built a strong staff around him. He can’t get it done all by himself and he has built a nice staff to help accomplish his goal.

There still is a ton of work to do. Shrine game. Senior Bowl. Combines. Free agency. The draft. Training camp. Tons of work.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Any plans on doing an article on what players will be released?

    • Ernie Padaon

      Most definitely.

      Ernie Padaon

  • Nick in PB

    After being told that Norv was our new HC 6 years ago, and then after Dean announced that he and AJ had one more year to turn it around, when we all knew what the outcome would be, I am sooooo excited to see this regimen in motion. Seriously excited! I went to one game the past 3 years and I can attribute that directly to Norv Turner. I will be back this year, tailgating in B2 and rooting for a team that will be headed in a different direction. Hopefully one that won’t allow us to beat ourselves. Hopefully a team that plays with confidence. A team that shows up when the game is on the line. That would be a new direction that will get the fans back. I don’t necessarily thing we are going to the playoffs just yet. What I want to see is improvement. Toughness. Fight! That’s what I want to see in this New Era of Charger football! And I’ll be at the game this time around!!!

  • James P Derrick

    A breath of fresh air at Chargers Central…now, if they can bring on some better trainers so that the countless injury bugs can somewhat disappear….perhaps a new team doctor too while they are at it….I know I’m not the only one that wondered what the heck was up with all the injuries…I get it, it’s sports/football and it happens, but seemed like the Chargers had it a ton…Go Chargers!

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    You are right. Tons of work, but unlike the last few years, I’m looking forward to it! Boltup!

  • arnie

    Now we all know with a new era, comes “personnel” changes. gone is the mantra of mediocrity. an so to will be personnel that have not quite lived up to expectations. coughclarycoughdumbrowskicoughenglishcough… sorry about that something got stuck in my throart. better sign off before i start up again.

  • Joey Nicks

    But man does it look promising to be a Chargers fan in 2013!!??!?!

  • 1961 Fan

    There he is: Joey Nicks, the guy who said the Bolts would be 13-3 in the past season. You the Man Joey, or is it Professor Joey Nicks? Get real!


  • jtb

    About time for new “Breath of Fresh Air”, long overdue. Very excited to have a group of Young GM, coach’s that will breathe new life in our team with their attitudes, new plays and idea’s. “Go Chargers”