Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In Tom Telesco We Trust?

In Tom Telesco I Trust.

Before you read this post, let me say that Tom Telesco has done a great job with the team and has done a great job of bringing talent onto the roster. I love that we are competing again…


the quote above imply that everything that Tom touches is gold. Everything that he does is awesome, but he has made his mistakes already. We can already look at Derek Cox as a poor free agent signing. That was also his most expensive signing of the offseason. He did let Shaun Phillips walk away for pennies. Phillips would have returned to the Chargers, but we were not interested in bringing him back. We let Aubrayo Franklin walk away in free agency and our biggest deficiency on defense was the nose tackle position. These were Tom Telesco decisions.

In the draft, he traded away an extra draft pick in order to move up in the draft to select Manti Te’o. Te’o very well could have fallen to the Chargers without making the trade and there were a few available middle linebackers at the time the trade was made. We could have picked up a quality middle backer with our selection. Kiko Alonso was selected the pick after our normal selection would have come up.

What has Tom Telesco done for the defense? Dwight Freeney didn’t work out. Trusting in Cam Thomas didn’t work out. He hit on an undrafted free agent and we are hoping that Manti Te’o and Steve Williams are able to develop into good players. Also hoping Tourek Williams can develop also.

I want to believe that everything that Tom touches is good, but there are some question marks. He has hit more than he has missed in his first season, but that doesn’t mean that we should stand up and applaud for every move that he makes. It seems a bit premature for that.

Tom Telesco has been great in his first year. Let’s see him do it again. Before I buy into the ‘In Telesco I Trust‘ movement, I need a repeat performance. Before we ran A.J. Smith out of town, he had a lot of success in the beginning as well.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    He’s earned lattitude, they made the playoffs and he did a damn good job, but Te’o instead of Alonso was a mistake, and choosing Cox over a boatload of options in particular Brent Grimes was a major mistake.

    I trust it doesn’t mean I completely agree, from reading the rumors the following could or will happen:
    1) The Chargers will trust their current safeties and not make a serious investment in the position
    2) Vincent Brown more than likely will be the starter next to Allen
    3) And they will let go of Butler if the price is not right.
    4) They probably will sign a cover it 1-2 year veteran at Nose Tackle instead of making a serious investment, and Cam Thomas could actually be the starter.

    All 4 of these situation don’t exactly make feel all that well as a charger fan.

    • Julien Bélair

      1) love it
      2) won’t happen a Wr will be signed in the first 3 rd
      3) Don’t care if the price is not right
      4) ok with signing a vet and drafting a young prayer and develop him (nix or Jones )

      Be happy it’s offseason time only good things can happen ! be optimistic not delusional but be happy with our team and all the options we have

      • Sergio Quintero

        Julien we all want a super team, with the top free agent at every position; but there is that annoying but very necessary thing called the salary cap.

        I get called a downer for reminding people to set their goals and remedies a little more on the realistc side, it doesn’t mean that all us would like to live like Yankees fans were the sky is the limit.

        • Julien Bélair

          I know I just think about the last 3 years and how difficult it was to be a Chargers fan and all that is changing now. I’m just saying that we should appreciate that for now :)

  • Gunnar Martin

    True Ernie, but to be fair AJ left him pretty crappy situation, at least when it comes to salary cap and tough decisions to make in your first year. Meachem, Gaither, etc. You can only do so much with that. And I’m not saying it’s likely, but Derek Cox COULD still turn out to be a success- if we decide to hold onto him. Similar deal with Te’o. TT has made mistakes, but what GM hasn’t in their rookie year?

    As for the little slogan, you’re right when you say it doesn’t have much validity until he has a repeat year, but… In Tom Telesco I trust!

  • Parker Richardson

    Keeping Philips would have helped the defense a lot last season but there is no way anyone could have predicted Ingram going down. In the long run, making room for youthful talent was a good move IMO. I trust TT because what his first season indicated to me is that it seems a lot goes into character analysis with his FA signings and draft picks. Everyone freaked out when Fluker was drafted last year because he wasn’t the BPA based on just talent. But his passion, work ethic, and leadership has more than made up for that. Having a team that plays without ego and for the love of the game will go a long way.

    Imagine how fun it would be to watch a team of all Flukers out there! haha

    • Julien Bélair

      Phillips has not been good in his last 2 years with the chargers. and I don’t care about his sack numbers because they don’t tell the story here.

  • PakMaN

    I’m spiting on my hands as we speak! Lets go TT!

    • FitzWilly

      I’m with you PM
      I think TT has been upgraded to Reach-Around status :o

  • Julien Bélair

    Don’t expect perfection. All draft picks and Fa signing are guessing game. But overall I give him an A because it was his first year and it was not an easy cap salary situation

  • jamfed

    Shawn Philips and Jarett Johnson are both starters that play the SAME strong-side OLB position.

    Manti Te’o = Eagle Scout
    Kiko Alonso = Problems in college with alcohol

    FYI: Jacksonville Jaguar fans liked Derek Cox a lot, when he played. And he seems to be the type of player that performs better in EVEN number years (or produces well every other year). Some players are accidently like that… Cox might need that 2nd year in SD to excel. I think he’ll turn out better next season.

    • Julien Bélair

      If we keep cox and he is not better everyone will say that it was because of TT’s ego that he was not cut bla bla bla

      • Gunnar Martin

        And they’ll be wrong. He’s just going to do whatever he think is right for the team.

        • arnie

          We gain nothing by cutting him. Cox contrat is based on performance.

          • Stefanie Smith

            And we also gain nothing if he is on the bench wasting a space. If he is cut, there would be a $1.65 mill cap savings. I just checked it on overthecap.com

  • 619chargers4life

    To early to tell but like what he has done so far , nobody could have predicted cox falling flat on his face , and I won’t be mad if he can’t come to terms with butler . The future is bright!

    • Julien Bélair

      that is the way i’m feeling

    • Stefanie Smith

      There was plenty of news articles out there about Cox being benched on his previous team. Yes, that would be problematic to hire a guy, pay him a boatload and then bench him. There is nothing wrong with wondering what went wrong here. Telesco is steering this ship. He better know who he is recruiting a whole lot. It is not up to chance like you suggest. FAs and many rookies come with a history.

  • Nick Mansoor

    In TT I Trust

  • boltingindiego

    letting sp95 was mistake only after supa melv went down with his acl injury. we were already paying jj who both played the same position which is why we didn’t keep him. the indy defense didn’t fare so well against the run either so franklin might not have been the solution for us either. We tried cam as a starter but that isn’t his position hes a back up nt. Cox was a bust this year and if we keep him maybe he turns it around we can only hope.

    • Julien Bélair

      Phillips has not been good in his last 2 years with the chargers. and I don’t care about his sack numbers because they don’t tell the story here..

      • Daryl Peek

        I care about his sack numbers because that was a huge problem for us.

        • arnie

          True. Closer to the truth is Phillips tends to disappear in between those sacks. Phillips got sacks for him. To keep him looking good on the stat sheet.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but he had 9.5 for us his last season and 10 this year for the Donkeys. Couple that with plenty of QB pressures I saw him put on Rivers this season. He’s also had 2 forced fumbles each of the last two seasons and this year he recorded 13 QB hits outside of the sacks. He still very good in pass coverage with 5 passes defended and had three runs stopped for a loss.

            Disappearing act or not we could’ve used that production from the OLB position.

          • Julien Bélair

            his last year with the bolts phillips was almost rank last of all olb in PFF.

          • Daryl Peek

            No argument from me there man but JJ was not rated much better and Ingram has not been super. I’m just saying we could’ve used the sacks and QB pressure SP95 does bring even with his disappearing acts.

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

    GREAT article Ernie!

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    No one could have predicted Derek Co’s terrible season. He played very well in Jacksonville and predicting his “suspect” season would have been impossible. Telesco did really well in the draft. Te’o may have had his issues (on the field) but he was injured and hopefully he comes back healthy. Obviously the other two picks were great for us. No he isn’t going to be perfect but he’s done a great job in my opinion.

  • Tavo

    Aj fucked us with cap, had to build
    With money had. Don’t expect much this year either, only in draft

  • arnie

    Haha….let’s be clear, to assume everything Telesco touches is is gold, is just that, an assumption. Perfection is an ideal, that is un-attainable by Human standards. What we did get? Context. See despite all the players mentioned that were let go, and certain players not taken in the 2013 draft, this team still made the playoff and won a playoff game, “without them”.

    As for aj? Yeah he did good in his first year, with a plan he did not make. Butler was the GM. Aj was elevated to the role after his passing, and carried “Butlers” plan to the finish line. See aj let players in their prime walk. Telesco let players in their twilight and/or overpaid walk.

    At the end of the day I’m not looking for perfection, gold or being a bandwagon cheer leader. I wanted “better”. And I got it. That is all.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Butler seemed to have a different plan. he went big on free agents and failed. Marcellus Wiley and David Boston? AJ never went after those free agents

  • csmaring

    Like you said, it is to early to try to pick Telesco apart. I, for one, don’t see the need to. I was pretty happy with the turn around last year and I pretty much expect it to improve again this year. The man you should have criticized was AJ Smith. He usually let rookies come in and play to the end of a contract. The ones that did good and expected to be paid were sent packing and replaced with a draft pick, someone that you had no idea if they would even make the team. Meanwhile the one he traded usually became a star somewhere else. Get off Telesco’s back, he has done great job so far and I’m confident that what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg that will sink the good ship manning.

  • TheTrueBlu

    Nobody is perfect. But in Tom Tesco I Trust.

  • Calman21

    Hind sight is 20/20. Te’o was widely considered to be a first round pick before the whole fake girlfriend thing popped up. Most people were fairly happy with the Cox signing if I remember correctly (also we had no pass rush which I am sure didn’t help an already struggling CB). TT got rid of Meachem and Gaither (bonus points for that). The guy had a solid off-season. Did he miss on some things? Sure. But the guy did a hell of a job, so I will state it as I did a few days ago “In TT I trust”….until he gives me a reason not to.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Tom may very well want to build a team from scratch, but this is not a 4-H project. We want to win now. He better do the right thing and don’t let decent players walk out the door.

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

      Agreed… and please no more “bargain basement rookies” in place of said talent = /

  • Bolt up!

    Vonta leach and jahleel McClain of ravens got released today :)

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

      I hope they aren’t making space to sign Graham.. I would love for TT to swoop him up.

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

    You know… I love me some TT, but let’s not go making too many excuses. I have seen people saying “Who could have known Cox was going to be this bad”? Actually, if TT did his homework (which I’m sure he did) the fact is that he should have known. One of our regulars on here (C. Steele) clued me in on this article during the regular season, when Cox was stinking it up. I said something in my article like “This should wake Cox up… being benched for the first time HAS to get your attention”. Then he corrected me, and backed it up with this link.


    Cox HAD been benched before, for blowing coverage “repeatedly”, according to the article. Jacksonville had to take him off the field, and put a less talented guy in there… sound familiar?. So, it is officially turning into a pattern. I didn’t know about this at the time he was signed, but I’m not sure I knew anything at all about Derek Cox, period. Never heard of him before, which is sort of a red flag. I was just happy to get rid of Cason & Jammer, because they were basically terrible.
    I remember not liking Cox’s interview on Chargers.com when he was signed. He sounded a little bit… let’s just say “remedial”. Also, I wasn’t thrilled at how much he was getting paid. Actually, I pretty much thought it was a head-scratcher back then.. I just figured TT knew something we didn’t, and nobody could be worse than his predecessors…. Not so much. TT has done a pretty nice job, but he screwed the pooch on Cox.. I don’t care how you package it. The signs were already there.

  • Charger fan

    C’mon. Let’s look at the whole picture. For some reason, the whole topic is on Derek Cox. He signed King Dunlap and Danny Woodhead for cheap and they were heavy contributors. Chad Rinehart, Sean Lissemore, and John Phillips were great pickups also. Having to work with the cap situation of bloated contracts and dead money (Clary, Royal, Meachem, Gaither), he did a great job of adding talent. Allen and Fluker were the top rookies at their position. Te’o missed about 4 weeks of TRAINING camp (the most important offseason training) and showed improvement throughout the season. Steve Williams was missed the year with an injury. Sorensen showed flashes in the preseason. Addae was a great undrafted free agent pickup. We were DESPERATE for corners and he took a chance on a talented/problematic player and it did not turn out great. It is a bit early to say “in TT we trust” but if he repeats what he did, the IN TT WE TRUST.

    Joe D’alessandris was probably the best addition in the offseason.