Tom Telesco has been the general manager of the LA Chargers since 2013. Los Angeles has made the playoffs three times, has won two playoff games and has not won a single AFC West title under his watch.
That being said, Telesco is responsible for drafting several marquee players to the Chargers, The likes of Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, Derwin James, Joey Bosa and Mike Williams have all been drafted by Telesco. That first-round portfolio alone is enough to get a general manager noticed.
And that is exactly what it has done. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com continued his yearly tradition of ranking all 32 NFL GMs and Telesco checked in right where he normally is: 12th. Telesco ranked ninth last year.
Many Chargers fans would argue that Telesco ranks far too high on this list and that rings home even more considering who he ranks above. Checking in at 13th and 14th is Baltimore's Eric DeCosta and New Orleans' Mickey Loomis. Down at 17th is Tampa Bay's Jason Licht. All have won a Super Bowl in some capacity as an executive for their respective teams.
Tom Telesco ranks too high considering he might be on the hot seat with the Chargers.
Sure, the Ravens, Saints and Buccaneers are all going through their own issues right now but to rank that trio of general managers below Telesco, who has literally accomplished nothing in LA, is a bit absurd.
The only thing Telesco has right now that those teams don't is a clear quarterback picture and that is because Justin Herbert fell into the team's lap. As much as we all love Herbert, let's not pretend like Tua Tagovailoa wouldn't be the Chargers QB if the Dolphins took Herbert instead.
What makes this even more interesting is the fact that Telesco might be on the hot seat this upcoming season. Telesco made some pretty bold restructures this offseason, which he has not done much of in the past. His actions scream of someone who is not sure if they will be around if this year does not work.
But hey, the Chargers have a lot of star power and that alone seems to be enough to carry Telesco in these rankings. He might rank higher than this trio of Super Bowl-winning GMs but he definitely has less job security.