Apr 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Chargers first round draft pick right tackle D.J. Fluker poses for a photo with executive vice president of football operations John Spanos (far left) general manager Tom Telesco (left) and head coach Mike McCoy (right) during a press conference at the Chargers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

Q & A with Tom Telesco


Hello Bolt Fam.  I got a great email in my inbox today letting me know I would get a chance to ask Tom Telesco questions about the draft.

“As one of our valued Season Ticket Holders, you are invited to join General Manager Tom Telesco on a LIVE Chargers Fan Forum.  We encourage you to participate in this LIVE event where you will be able to ask Tom questions on the phone about the recent NFL Draft, the new players on the roster, the 2013 schedule and upcoming season.”

This is sure to be interesting.  I’m not sure how this will work, but it happens this Wednesday at noon.  I suspect there will be a lot of Chargers faithful calling in, but if you have any burning questions that you want to get the answers to, let me know.  I am going to collect questions and ask as many as they will let me.  I will post the Q & A after.

So, what do you want to know about our 2013 Chargers?

ChargerGirl Cindi

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  • tbell11

    Was it your plan all along to draft D.J. Fluker in the 1st round or did it just happen like that?

    • tubbs45

      along those same lines: When does clary clear out his locker?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        If Clary clears out, where is our depth?

    • RussinSactown

      Listening to the Q&A on the Charger site, TT said that the drop off from those top three LT to the rest of the LT was huge and he didn’t want to talk himself into taking someone higher than he should be.

  • Chargerfan17

    who’s going to start at LT

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Clapping. And add: Please don’t tell me it’s King Dunlap.

  • hugeboltsfan

    What are they going to do with the lt position? Hows our ss taylor doing?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      YES!!! The Taylor question is MOST important.

      • tubbs45

        Still wish we could have moved on Vaccaro… or Star…

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I agree… I’m definitely OK with the Fluker signing, as Clary was a hot mess… but, Vaccaro was my wet dream #1 pick!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    LUCKY!!!

    Ask him if he was intentionally cutting off Acee… Lol.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Probably. I would.

  • Pels04

    The Dolphins traded up to the #3 pick from #12 and only gave up a 1st and a Second. (very good deal according to the point system). Was an attempt made to trade with the Raiders seeing how the LT position is the teams greatest need?

    • tubbs45

      Chargers offered their first and a ham sandwich… lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      I thought Raiders got a 4th rounder from the Dolphins. It came down to that placement in the 4th round. Dolphins were like 3 slots ahead of us. So naturally, we would have had to up them somehow. With all things being equal. They had better placement in the traded pick round.

      I was mad also… thinking we could have gotten Lane Johnson for cheap. I doubt if the Raiders would have traded with us,,, as we are in the same division.. Nonetheless, I checked our positions when the trade happened to see if we could have done it. I doubt it without giving them more than Miami, and still it was iffy.

      Miami was a better trade on that round than we were.

      • Pels04

        From what i remember and have read shows #3 pick for #12 & #42 but ya i guess it just came down to being 3 picks ahead of us in the second. Just curious if they even tried

  • tubbs45

    Nose Tackle situation: Is the Plan to have two or three person rotation. how comfortable are he and pagano with Cam as the starter?

  • tubbs45

    Ask him if Shaun Philips is a winey bitch or just a bitch. What will the team bonus structure look like for beating SP95 into the turf repeatedly.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      So far, this is the top question. ha ha

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      That is a good one. Tell him we wouldn’t call it bounty, just a bonus program. lol

    • tubbs45

      Structured “incentive program”

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha!

  • tubbs45

    Anyone we were shooting for in as an UFA but missed on?

  • tubbs45

    Can we hire Rihanna to entice McKinnie to come to SD?

  • Pels04

    Why did you make your selection at 11 so fast? 30 seconds ish……Were you that sold on Fluker that you werent interested in trading down?

  • Pels04

    TT says he drafts best player available…..did you really have Fluker rated higher than Lotulelei or Kenny Vaccaro??

  • RussinSactown
    • RussinSactown

      McCoy “Find the best five guys to let Phillip do his job”

      • Pels04

        I feel taking Star overall wouldve been better for the team. And hey a QB loves a dominant defense. Our front 3 wouldve been nasty with Star. I will feel a ton better if we sign McKinnie…..until then im disgruntled haha

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I am kinda on that page too.

        • DougM

          Wow, a lot of you guys love Star. I think he’s way overrated. Not much of a pass rusher. Great at tying up OL in the middle, but you can find that type of guy later than #11. I guess if you really don’t feel Cam can do the job, you could go for it, but with the amount of help the Bolts need elsewhere, I don’t feel like we should have gone for depth.

          I like Fluker, although felt like we could have traded back and still gotten him plus another body. Maybe there weren’t any trade partners for us, but TT moved pretty quickly to get him.

          • Pels04

            Might not be the best pass rusher but he can sure stuff the run. Cam is the only DT on the team, you cant only have one. I agree with you about trading back and thats kinda why im not in love with the pick. I like Fluker just not at 11

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

            Geathers and Jerideau got Cam Smash’s back bro…I think Geathers alone, but just my 2 cents…
            http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/4/28/4278410/undrafted-free-agents-2013-san-diego-chargers

          • Pels04

            I hear ya. They have definitely done a good job trying to fill that need post draft. I just would’ve liked to see them address it with the first pick, especially since star was available. Overall I’m pretty happy with what they’ve done and believe me I’m not complaining. Sure as hell better than what we’ve had in the past

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

            No doubt…just wish the season would get here…

  • Pels04

    You can probably guess im not too thrilled with the pick ha, i have plenty of questions!! Just seems like TT went against what he said he would do, IMO. They were obviously higher on him than i was.

  • tubbs45

    Question: If Ryan Matthews can’t run behind Fluker, what will his excuse be this year?

  • veazy

    Ask him if he will replace any player drafted by Smith with those he’s more comfortable with, or is he satisfied with them? I’m not talking about starters either, make sure you emphasize that.

  • Cgoodness13

    Does he read these? if he does i have a question for him. So I have a bump around my pubic area, i think its just a infected hair follicle, but I’m worried. Should I go see a doctor or just put neosporin on it? That was a joke.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      According to the John Madden medical field guide… you lance that puppy with a white-hot nail… rub some turf into it…. and then go to the doctor, because it will probably get infected. FOOTBALL!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

      Cgoodness13, apply Windex!!! Just like in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”….LOL

      • Cgoodness13

        Or duck tape lol

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I got a good one that I actually really want to know:

    If the 4th round pick had not been traded, of the players left on the board who would you have chosen?

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Ask Tom if he’s having a nice day = )

  • Rob Base

    Hey Tom how F*** is it that Dr. Chao is still working for the Chargers organization? Thank you for your time.

    • 619chargers4life

      i second that ! lol

    • tubbs45

      Nice that one has been on the back burner for a while. New strength and conditioning staff, new OC, GM… What the hell does Chao have on spanos? Treated him for VD, gay lovers(not that there is anything wrong with that), WTH

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      I’m absolutely making this my number one question. How the F*ck indeed! I may remove the expletive. :?

  • Julien Bélair

    i look forward to see Fluker run over shaun phillips !

  • Sergio Quintero

    Do you trust Brandon Taylor as your starting SS in terms of his level of play and health? Followup: Will he compete for the starting spot with Q.Jammer / Corey Lynch?

  • Sergio Quintero

    The fact you didn’t draft an RB is that a vote of confidence towards Ryan Mathews or is more of a situation that the board didn’t play out in a way to get value in a RB draft pick?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Do you think it hurt Mathews pride that they were calling a retired player to come in and help?

      • Sergio Quintero

        If they didn’t draft anyone then I wouldn’t take it personally. I actually thought they were being condescending towards LT. Around the lines of “You had a bad relationship with A.J. Smith, we are not him” “Come sign with the team we will even give you 10-12 touches”, while at the same time hoping he wont take the offer.

        They saved face with LT, and he will speak nicely about them in the future, and they cleaned the bad image A.J. Smith made.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Is the current makeup of pass rushers what you you will play with in preseason or will you bring a veteran i.e. Dwight Freeney to complement the group?

  • tubbs45

    Did anyone offer to move up to the 11 spot during the draft? If so who was calling?

  • tubbs45

    Ask TT who he thought the best player in the draft was, regardless of team needs.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Like!

  • arnie

    What’s so awesome, that we are “ALLOWED” to ask the new GM questions.
    carry on.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Thank you all so much for all the good questions. I am making a list and will post the answers on Thursday Morning. Check back to see if I was able to get you an answer!

  • Dion Chin

    Pleas ask him why didn’t he trade up to the #3 pick when all it costed Miami was their 1st round pick + a 3rd/4th round pick.