Morning Links: Telesco faces former team

Good morning. Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with San Diego general manager Tom Telesco about facing the team he spent the bulk of his career with in the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts, on Monday Night.

Telesco, 40, started his career with the Colts as an area scout in 1998, working his way up the ladder in the team’s personnel department to vice president of football operations when Ryan Grigson took over as general manager in Indianapolis in 2012.

Telesco was hired as San Diego’s general manager in January. Although he looks forward to talking with some familiar faces on the other sideline before the game, Telesco says he’s focused on the Chargers getting a victory over the Colts.

Telesco: "I’ve got a huge amount of respect for the Colts organization. Jim Irsay and his family were so supportive of me for all 15 years and it was an honor to work with (general manager) Ryan Grigson and (head coach) Chuck Pagano for a year. I have a lot of friendships there, but that all being said, we’re 2-3 and it’s going to be a huge game Monday night against them. It’s going to be a challenging effort for us, but we’ve got to find a way to come out with a win.”

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus ranks San Diego’s offensive line No. 12 in the NFL.

Elsayed: “They’ve made moves to get better and the proof is in the pudding. Philip Rivers is happier and his pocket is a lot cleaner. The tackles are doing a nice job and they’ve got better than expected play out of fill-in Johnnie Troutman. They’re young and on the rise.”

Hank Garguiulo and Dean Oliver of ESPN Stats and Information take a closer look at the dwindling use of the fullback. According to their research, the fullback was used by a majority of teams in base personnel in 2008. But that changed to the two-tight end formation as base personnel in 2011. And this season, the three-wide receiver set is being used the most in the NFL, including the San Diego Chargers. So the fullback has been replaced by the slot receiver to create matchups in the passing game.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders writes that the success of the Colts, a statistical anomaly last season, is no fluke this year.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated talks with Philip Rivers about his transition from Norv Turner to Mike McCoy in this video link.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego talks with rookie offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, who’s play has been a bright spot on the team’s offensive line.

Andrew Brandt writing for Sports Illustrated outlines what the next steps for the players and the NFL should be in dealing with the concussion issue following the airing the “League of Denial” documentary on PBS.