Tom Telesco Practicing What He Preaches

By Ernie Padaon

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Telesco has been moving and shaking ever since cuts were being announced around the league. Grabbing loose ends from different teams and working them into our system.

The biggest move that he made that stood out to me was the release of Max Starks. It wasn’t because it was a “big name” player that was released. It was because Telesco brought in Starks to help on this roster and when Starks didn’t work out, Telesco didn’t hesitate to send him back out onto the street. He admitted his mistake and moved on from it. His ego didn’t get in the way of making the correct decision.

Another step in the right direction: cutting Robert Meachem. Meachem could have been kept on the roster because of his big salary cap hit, but the money didn’t make the decision on that roster cut. Telesco has been preaching that he will keep the best 53 players and Meachem was not part of the top 53. Everyone knew it.

I can’t argue too much with the job that Telesco has done. There are a few players I wish had a better chance at sticking around. There are a few players that I think should not be part of the current roster, but the job is not even close to being complete. Telesco has been working that waiver wire and grabbing all the talent that he can to prep for the season opener.

Things get real next week. Time to see how Telesco’s players will respond to the first game of the year. Let the excitement begin.