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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2013, 11:55:01 PM »

The San Diego Chargers Need a Better Backup Quarterback 
No, not Tim Tebow.

With so many holes needing to be filled around Philip Rivers, everybody seems to be forgetting the big glaring hole behind him: Backup Quarterback. While backup QB may not be a top priority for the Chargers, it shouldn't be thrown aside so easily. For as bad as the offensive line played last year, it was a miracle that Rivers didn't suffer a serious injury.

Different teams have different needs when it comes to backup quarterbacks. Some choose to have a veteran with experience who can contribute in the meeting room as well as on the field. Other teams choose to go with a younger, talented player who could compete for minutes and someday develop into the starter. Charlie Whitehurst is none of these things.

Whitehurst spent the first 4 years of his career with the Chargers before starting 4 bad games over 2 years with the Seahawks. Last year, Clipboard Jesus resurrected his way back onto the team's depth chart. With Norv Turner and his system gone, so too should be the idea that Charlie Whitehurst was anything more than a coach's backup.


The Need For Competition

Philip Rivers knows he's the starting quarterback on this team but it doesn't mean he should feel comfortable. It wasn't that long ago that Drew Brees was considered a bust and the Chargers brought in a young Rivers to be groomed into the starter. Rivers' first start was 2 years later. Why? Because putting a very capable quarterback on the roster lit a fire inside of Drew Brees and started to develop him into the NFL's sweetheart he is today.


Who's Out There?


Nick Foles

#9 / Quarterback / Philadelphia Eagles

Height: 6-6 Weight: 243 Born: Jan 20, 1989 College: Arizona
With the right backup, Philip could rise to the occasion and show why he's still an elite quarterback in this league. Most reputable backups are already signed for the upcoming season, so that means finding one now likely means trading for one. The quarterback that I see working best in this scenario is Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles. He's only going into his 2nd year, but Foles got some quality starts in his rookie year. Combining a new system and regime in Philadelphia with Michael Vick and Dennis Dixon being there, and many mock drafts having the Eagles taking Geno Smith at number 4 overall, I could see Nick Foles being cut or available for a future late round pick.


Drafting Talent

Many of you are already wanting to draft a replacement for Rivers but, with other more pressing needs, it isn't likely the Chargers use an early round pick to try and find a quarterback. But there are a few quarterbacks that might be worth taking a late round flyer on.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma- 6'4" 225 lbs. Started a ton of games for the Sooners. Considered to be a "natural passer."
Collin Klein, Kansas St.- 6'5" 226 lbs. Had a breakout a year for Kansas St. last year. Is considered to be an athletic running quarterback.
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)- 6'3" 230 lbs. 4 year starter. 48 TD's in his last 2 seasons. Solid, nothing flashy. Matt Hasselbeck like.

If the Chargers' biggest concern being keeping their franchise quarterback upright, which it should be, wouldn't it be wise to have a good backup plan just in case they don't succeed?

http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2013/4/13/4219764/the-san-diego-chargers-need-a-better-backup-quarterback?ref=yahoo
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2013, 11:11:04 AM »

Eric Weddle: San Diego Chargers are 'best team ' in nfl

When we put together a look at the worst five NFL rosters earlier this offseason, the San Diego Chargers sneaked on the list. The defense isn't awful, but the offensive line and skill positions are very thin.

It's no surprise, however, that safety Eric Weddle disagrees with our assessment.

"Now, shoot, I feel like we're the best team in the league," Weddle told the U-T San Diego. "And a lot of that is because of coach (Mike) McCoy and the way he presents himself -- the way he portrays what he wants. A lot of what you are as a team is attitude, and you can control that.

"I'm just excited. It's a new year, a new belief. Until the season ends, I think we're going to be the best."

With apologies to Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, Weddle is playing better than anyone on the Chargers. He's going to have to lead a defense that lost a lot of veteran pieces: Takeo Spikes, Antwan Barnes, Vaughn Martin, Antoine Cason, Atari Bigby and Antonio Garay are all gone from last year's squad.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Change was needed. In a relatively weak AFC West, even a shaky roster like the Chargers can compete. Even if they aren't close to the best.

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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2013, 11:11:56 AM »

Eric Weddle: San Diego Chargers are 'best team ' in nfl

When we put together a look at the worst five NFL rosters earlier this offseason, the San Diego Chargers sneaked on the list. The defense isn't awful, but the offensive line and skill positions are very thin.

It's no surprise, however, that safety Eric Weddle disagrees with our assessment.

"Now, shoot, I feel like we're the best team in the league," Weddle told the U-T San Diego. "And a lot of that is because of coach (Mike) McCoy and the way he presents himself -- the way he portrays what he wants. A lot of what you are as a team is attitude, and you can control that.

"I'm just excited. It's a new year, a new belief. Until the season ends, I think we're going to be the best."

With apologies to Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, Weddle is playing better than anyone on the Chargers. He's going to have to lead a defense that lost a lot of veteran pieces: Takeo Spikes, Antwan Barnes, Vaughn Martin, Antoine Cason, Atari Bigby and Antonio Garay are all gone from last year's squad.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Change was needed. In a relatively weak AFC West, even a shaky roster like the Chargers can compete. Even if they aren't close to the best.

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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2013, 05:58:44 PM »

NFL Draft: Top Five Busts in San Diego Chargers History



COMMENTARY | Bust is a buzzword at this time of year. No general manager wants his National Football League draft to be remembered for expending a first round pick on a future bust. However, busts will inevitably happen.
Determining when a draft pick qualifies as a bust is largely subjective, and the label is applied liberally.
Failing to achieve All-Pro or Pro Bowl status doesn't automatically qualify a player for bust designation. No, the biggest busts in San Diego Chargers history are not the type of players who had serviceable careers without reaching super-stardom.
Rather, the most significant busts were selections drafted in the first round, some in the top 10, who made little to no impact.
5. Craig "Buster" Davis, WR | No. 30 overall pick, 2007
Perhaps a nickname featuring the word bust was a bad omen for Buster Davis' NFL career. Regardless, former general manager A.J. Smith used the Chargers' first round selection in 2007 on the Louisiana State product.
This was a particularly noteworthy pick considering that offseason, San Diego management implemented widespread change despite finishing 14-2 the previous regular season. Then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer's conservative offensive style came under fire after an anemic performance in San Diego's playoff loss to New England.
The organization sought a more modern approach, hiring Norv Turner. The new head coach and quarterback Philip Rivers would need additional pieces, so Davis was drafted to supplement the receiving corps.
His NFL career ended in 2010 with 51 receptions and two touchdowns. Another Southeastern Conference wide receiver was taken at No. 44 -- South Carolina's Sidney Rice.
4. Sammy Davis, CB | No. 30 overall pick, 2003
Sammy Davis had a promising rookie season out of Texas A&M, but his first campaign was also his pinnacle. He never had multiple interceptions in a season again after 2003 -- in fact, his lone pick in 2004 was also the final of Davis' six-year career.
Drayton Florence relegated Davis to the reserve duties for most of 2004 and all of 2005. Davis was shipped to the San Francisco immediately thereafter and washed out of the league in 2007.
A few notable cornerbacks drafted immediately after Davis: Nnamdi Asomugha to the Oakland Raiders at No. 31, Charles Tillman to the Chicago Bears at No. 35 and Rashean Mathis to Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 39.
3. Bo Matthews, RB | No. 2 overall pick, 1974
Another Charger running back named Mathews has had plenty of bust talk cloud his early career. However, San Diego's current feature back, Ryan Mathews, rushed for almost as many yards in one season (1,091 in 2011) as Bo Matthews gained in six years with the franchise (1,372).
Matthews played both fullback and feature running back, so his carries were limited. He never reached 100 for a season. However, he also never averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry.
He wasn't used in goal line sets, evident in his 10 Charger touchdowns -- all scored in his first three seasons. Matthews also wasn't a receiving target, even after pass-happy head coach Don Coryell took over the team near the end of Matthews' tenure.
Matthews operated primarily as a blocker, the primary role of a fullback but an odd distinguishing trait of a No. 2 overall pick. Five future Hall of Famers were selected after Matthews, including Lynn Swann of nearby Southern California.
2. James Fitzpatrick, OT | No. 13 overall pick, 1986
James Fitzpatrick's Charger career started rocky and never improved. After a lengthy contract dispute that The Los Angeles Times reported grew testy, Fitzpatrick was out of shape upon arrival and never acclimated to the NFL.
Fitzpatrick was released following the 1989 season, at which time then-general manager Bobby Beathard dismissed the failed former first rounder and a crop of others cut loose saying, "We figured we would be better without them."
Ouch.
1. Ryan Leaf, QB | No. 2 overall pick, 1998
No player in NFL draft history is more synonymous with the term bust than Ryan Leaf. He ended his two tumultuous playing seasons in San Diego with 13 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions. He was actually with the organization three seasons, but missed the entire 1999 campaign due to a shoulder injury.
A collegiate standout at Washington State, Leaf generated some conversation over the No. 1 pick. Might the Indianapolis Colts opt for Leaf over Tennessee standout Peyton Manning?
It's impossible to discuss Leaf's truncated NFL career without mention of Manning. The future Hall of Famer Manning showed no signs of slowing down in 2012, leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and coming in second in Most Valuable Player voting.
In the same year, Leaf's well-publicized personal demons landed him in legal trouble. His battles with drug addiction have Leaf currently serving a prison sentence in Montana. Leaf is a sad, cautionary tale for future college stars pursuing their professional dream.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl-draft-top-five-busts-san-diego-chargers-152700022--nfl.html
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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2013, 05:28:24 PM »

The San Diego Chargers did some pre-draft veteran shopping Thursday by signing linebacker D.J. Smith.

He was cut by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.

Smith, 24, is an intriguing player for San Diego, which could use some help at inside linebacker. Smith, a third-year player, started the first six games of last season before tearing his ACL. There were reports last month that there is no guarantee he will be ready for the start of the 2013 season. The Packers cut him with the failed physical designation.

Smith played in every game as a rookie. Still, it is a worthwhile signing for the Chargers. He has ability, and he should regain his health at some point in the 2013 season, Smith could be a player to watch in San Diego.

Meanwhile, as expected, San Diego receiver Danario Alexander signed his restricted free-agent tender.
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« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2013, 12:46:37 PM »

General Manager Tom Telesco Impressive in 2013 NFL Draft for San Diego Chargers


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The San Diego Chargers may have entered the 2013 NFL Draft with an unproven general manager and plenty of question marks, but the team has to feel good about the answers discovered over the weekend that was. Three days of picks concluded on Saturday with the Chargers making quite a haul during the entirety of the drafting process. It’s hard to argue that the team didn’t get significantly better due to the moves made by GM Tom Telesco.
Round one’s pick of D.J. Fluker is somewhat questionable, but the Bolts love his upside and think that he showed as much potential as any tackle in the 2013 class. Fluker will likely be limited to a role on the right side of the line, but Jeromey Clary has been long overdue for an upgrade. This addition will allow them to free more than $2 million in salary cap space if they choose to cut Clary. If King Dunlap proves to be a capable stopgap at left tackle, the Bolts could be much improved in the trenches.
Telesco’s day two picks were perhaps the most impressive as he landed much maligned linebacker Manti Te’o and consistent wide receiver Keenan Allen. Both of these players were given first round grades by many draft analysts which further underscores just how much value the Chargers got with this year’s class. Te’o will be a tackling machine alongside Donald Butler while Allen will be that consistent possession receiver that has been very much missing from the San Diego offense over the years. These two picks present huge value and could be immediate contributors in the coming season.
On the draft’s third and final day, the Bolts added some help on the defensive side of the ball in cornerback Steve Williams and defensive end Tourek Williams. Steve Williams was a valuable performer during his senior year and really impressed scouts during the pre-draft buildup. Tourek Williams will likely play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme and rush the passer in situational down and distance scenarios. The final pick in round seven was a developmental quarterback in Brad Sorensen from Southern Utah who at 6’4” 229lbs. has some potential to go along with considerable arm talent.
All in all, the first draft for Telesco at the helm seems like a great deviation from years past and that’s a good thing. This Chargers team is searching for a new direction and Telesco made additions that will help fill holes on the roster while providing solid depth at the same time. Even though it was his first time making the final decision in the war room, it’s clear this wasn’t Telesco’s first rodeo when it comes to conducting a draft.

Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2013/04/28/general-manager-tom-telesco-impressive-in-2013-nfl-draft-for-san-diego-chargers/?Q6dtHMvdqmWXoORf.99
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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2013, 12:42:21 PM »

San Diego: Manti Te'o is certainly an interesting young man and prospect, but Keenan Allen is my choice here for the Chargers. It wasn’t long ago that many considered Allen the best wide receiver prospect in this draft. He has great size, physicality and run-after-the-catch prowess. But few top prospects had as poor of an overall pre-draft process as Allen. But just wait for this guy to finally get healthy.
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2013, 07:33:32 PM »

Tebow to Chargers? No, they like their QBs

San Diego general manager Tom Telesco told a San Diego radio station that he is happy with his group of quarterbacks when asked if he’d ever have interest in signing free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s offensive coordinator in Denver was new San Diego coach Mike McCoy. Telesco’s position doesn’t surprise me. I just don’t see the Tebow fit in San Diego.

Meanwhile, for what it is worth, the Chargers’ addition of former Green Bay inside linebacker D.J. Smith last week was a waiver claim and not a free-agent signing. He is recovering from a knee injury, but he is expected to be able to help early in the season. He will probably play special teams and be a key backup now that Manti Te'o has been drafted to start.

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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2013, 08:22:09 PM »

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have a potentially strong group of young receivers. The once-weak area can become a strength not only for the immediate future, but for the long term. It’s time the Chargers figure out an attack utilizing Vincent Brown, Danario Alexander and rookie Keenan Allen, who could quickly become the centerpiece. Allen, a California product, was expected to be a top-30 pick, but a manageable knee issue dropped him all the way to the third round, where San Diego took him 76th overall. Former Indianapolis Colts general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian said Allen could have a Reggie Wayne-like impact. Brown had a strong rookie season in 2011 and a great training camp before a broken ankle in the preseason ended his 2012 campaign. He is now completely healthy. Alexander starred after the Chargers signed him off the street during last season. These three players can be major toys for quarterback Philip Rivers. Figuring out how to get the most out of this trio must be a primary goal for new coach Mike McCoy, who proved in Carolina and Denver that he can have successful passing games.
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« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2013, 09:33:46 PM »

Chargers GM Tom Telesco called Ryan Mathews a "playmaker" and said he expects "big things" from the fourth-year running back during a conference call with season ticket holders according to Ricky Henne of chargers.com.

The new Chargers front office has shown total support for Mathews since taking over from Norv Turner and AJ Smith but, in reality, they have no choice.  The Chargers have one of the NFL's least-talented rosters and Mathews might be the cream of the crop despite his inability to stay healthy.  Telesco called Mathews a "great kid" who "works extremely hard," and said the Colts would "game plan around" Mathews when Telesco worked in Indy's front office. At the Combine, Telesco went so far as to suggest injury-prone Mathews would be San Diego's 2013 "bellcow" runner. The only notable backfield addition has been passing-down specialist Danny Woodhead, giving Mathews perhaps his final opportunity to prove himself an NFL lead back.
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« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2013, 06:20:42 PM »

JoJo Wooden joins Charger's brass

The New York Jets' front-office shake-up continued Monday, as longtime staffer JoJo Wooden left the organization to become the San Diego Chargers' director of player personnel.

Wooden was a confidant of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired after the season and replaced by John Idzik.

Idzik has begun the process of surrounding himself with his own hires. After the draft, the team parted ways with assistant director of college scouting Michael Davis and area scout Joe Bommarito. Their contracts weren't renewed. Like Wooden, they were with the organization for more than a dozen years.

Area scout Kevin Kelly is following Wooden to San Diego. He was named the Chargers' director of college scouting.

In Wooden's case, the move represents a promotion. Wooden, who had one year remaining on his contract, was the Jets' assistant director of player personnel for seven years. He joined the organization as a scout in 1997, the same year Tannenbaum arrived under Bill Parcells.

In San Diego, Wooden will work under new GM Tom Telesco. He replaces Jimmy Raye, who left for the Indianapolis Colts after losing out to Telesco for the GM job.

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« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2013, 11:34:11 PM »

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Chargers signed four picks, including LB Manti Te’o and wide receiver Keenan Allen.
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2013, 10:14:19 PM »

Manti Te'o participates in camp

SAN DIEGO -- Manti Te'o practiced for the first time with the San Diego Chargers on Friday determined to push the infamous girlfriend hoax and his lackluster national championship play into the past.

"I'm here to play football," the Chargers' second-round draft pick said on the opening of the rookie minicamp. "I'm not focusing on what is going on on the outside. I'm worried about what we're doing here in San Diego and I'm looking forward to when the veterans come in on Monday."

The Chargers traded up in the second round of last month's NFL draft to select the standout linebacker from Notre Dame. He arrived in San Diego with plenty of credentials and a back story that has transcended sports.

He slipped out of the opening round of the draft in part because of a poor performance in the national championship game against Alabama.

Te'o also became the butt of national jokes after it was revealed he was duped into an Internet romance with a girlfriend he never met and who never actually existed.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy wasn't interested in talking about Te'o's past.

"We're moving on. He's one of ours now and we're going to win a lot of football games with him," he said.

Te'o looked comfortable in the roughly 30 minutes the practice was open to the media. He was inserted into the inside linebacker spot after being in the front-and-center in the stretching part of the workout.

"You feel like you are a freshman again," last year's Heisman Trophy finalist said about his new surroundings at Chargers Park. "Football is still football, but there is different terminology and verbiage. That is the biggest change for everybody because we're used to things being called a certain way."

Te'o is already in the mix for a starting job. The Chargers, under rookie general manager Tom Telesco, have rid themselves of many veteran players. That leaves a hope at inside linebacker opposite starter Donald Butler, and Te'o will be given every chance to fill it.

"When you take a player like we did, where we did, you want them to come in and play," McCoy said. "We are going to plug him in there on Monday and he will be in that first huddle with everybody else."

Te'o acknowledged some first-day butterflies.

"I think I was more excited than I was nervous," said Te'o, who will wear No. 50 as an homage to his home state of Hawaii -- the 50th state in the U.S. "But I was definitely a little nervous just to get out here and start a new chapter of my life."

Te'o grabbed headlines when it was revealed he was duped into an Internet romance with a girlfriend he never met.

The story began with Te'o's incredible performances after learning his grandmother and what he believed was his girlfriend had died within hours of one another in September. Te'o said it inspired him to play his best football all season, and it was so compelling that it helped turn Te'o into a Heisman Trophy contender as he was leading the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and into the national title game.

On Dec. 26, Te'o notified Notre Dame officials that he had received a call from his supposedly dead girlfriend's phone three weeks earlier.

The school investigated and -- after Deadspin.com broke the story of the fake girlfriend -- athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced at a news conference that Te'o had been duped. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, 22, later said he created the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell in love with despite never meeting her in person.

To make matters worse, Te'o struggled in Notre Dame's blowout loss in the national championship game to Alabama and its offense full of future NFL draft picks.

But now he's a rookie again. It's a good time to start fresh.

"Just got to keep your head down and know you are a rookie," he said. "Keep your head in the playbook, work hard and show that you really care about what you are doing and your job.

"Obviously, you got to earn the respect of the veterans and that will come in time. And I'm sure it will come soon."

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9263274/san-diego-chargers-get-first-look-manti-teo-rookie-minicamp
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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2013, 02:36:18 PM »

Telesco steering Chargers in right direction

"Its my job to know the league," said GM Tom Telesco. "... It's my job to study rosters every day."

When Tom Telesco received an interview for the San Diego Chargers’ vacant general manager post in January, it was considered a terrific opportunity in the career of promising young front-office man.

Telesco wasn’t considered a sure bet to be hired to pump life into a stale franchise after the 10-year A.J. Smith era. But Telesco took control of his future and essentially stole the job.

It was well known that the Chargers were focused on removing Smith and head coach Norv Turner. Longtime personnel man Jimmy Raye was widely considered as a slam-dunk to be promoted. The Chargers were fine with the front office as a whole. They figured Smith’s time with the team had run its course and that the bigger issue was finding a replacement for Turner.

Then, Telesco interviewed. Everything changed. Telesco opened the Chargers’ minds. Perhaps an outside voice to lead the front office was exactly what the team needed. And in a big upset, the Chargers named the 40-year-old Indianapolis front-office man to replace Smith.

The surprise hiring was met with applause from around the league. Telesco was a career front-office man and a protégé of former Colts general manager Bill Polian. Telesco was known for a keen scouting eye and was credited with helping turn the Colts back into a playoff team by restocking the roster.

“Tom has that no-stone-unturned mindset,” said Ryan Grigson, his boss in Indianapolis last year. “Tom never stops working. That's what the Chargers are going to appreciate. If I asked Tom if this guy could play or not, an hour later I was getting a text from him or he was knocking on my door, giving me a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Tom is a bright, bright, bright guy with a great work ethic.”

ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay praised Tom Telesco's first draft with the Chargers.
Ownership was reportedly blown away by Telesco's knowledge of the Chargers' roster during his interview. The Spanos family was stunned by his vision for the team moving forward.

I asked Telesco about that, and he brushed it off.

“It’s my job to know the league,” said Telesco, polite as always. “I have to know that stuff. It’s my job to study rosters every day.”

Polian, now an ESPN analyst, wasn’t surprised that Telesco impressed the Chargers. Telesco first joined the NFL with Carolina in 1995 when Polian ran the Panthers. He followed Polian to Indianapolis in 1998.

“Tom knows the league, he does what it takes to be good at his job,” Polian said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s level-headed. He’s a great judge of talent. … He will be great in San Diego.”

His first offseason in San Diego has been positive. He received kudos for tabbing heavily sought-after Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to coach the team. Chargers employees tout Telesco, who played receiver at noted NFL coaching and front-office factory John Carroll University in Ohio, as friendly. They say he has re-energized a building that lacked excitement at the end of the Smith era.

Most league observers believe the Chargers, who have gone three seasons without making the playoffs, had one of the best drafts in the NFL. The Chargers scored big in the first three rounds with the selections of Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker (first round), Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (second) and California receiver Keenan Allen (third). ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both said during the draft that Telesco got three first-round picks with his first three choices. Telesco aggressively went after Te’o, who was falling, and traded up on the clock to take him.

Telesco was less aggressive in free agency. The cap-strapped Chargers were active, but they didn’t make many splashes. They did get several players who should help right away, starting with cornerback Derek Cox, guard Chad Rinehart and running back Danny Woodhead.

San Diego has not sufficiently addressed its biggest need yet: left tackle. Free-agent signing King Dunlap is currently expected to start there even though he is not considered a solid option. The team is also talking to Pittsburgh free agent Max Starks. In Telesco’s defense, the Chargers never really had a great chance of adding a top option at the position because of cap issues and because the top three draft options were gone after the first four picks of the draft.

Regardless of whether the Chargers enter Telesco’s first season a finished project, he promises to continue to approach the job his way.

“(I) come into work every day trying to find the best players we can,” Telesco said. “Part of building chemistry with the team and the team process is getting to know the coaches well, getting to know the scouts, the front office. That's all part of team building for me. It's just trying to get to know everybody really well.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/58132/chargers-appear-headed-in-right-direction-with-telesco
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« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2013, 03:31:57 PM »

The San Diego Chargers’ search for offensive line help has brought them to Winston Justice.

U-T San Diego reports Justice will visit the teams Monday. The Chargers badly need a left tackle. Justice has been a right tackle.

Unless the Chargers think Justice can make the switch to the left side, he’d be a backup for first-round pick D.J. Fluker on the right side.

Perhaps the Chargers want to see Justice, 28, and former Eagles’ teammate King Dunlap, also known as a better right tackle than a left tackle, compete at left tackle. Justice started 12 games at right tackle for Indianapolis. New San Diego general manager Tom Telesco was with the Colts with Justice.

Right now, Dunlap is considered the best in-house option at left tackle and he is not considered as a strong option. The Chargers recently visited with Pittsburgh left tackle Max Starks. At this point, it is believed he is still in the mix.

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