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Why Chargers kept GM Tom Telesco around

Good morning.

Jay Paris of The Mighty 1090 AM radio calls the San Diego Chargers' re-signing of general manager Tom Telesco earlier this season baffling, including the organization not announcing the new deal.

Paris: “What was the rush with Telesco? Why didn’t the club see how 2015 developed (here’s a hint: not very good) before hitching its wagon to Telesco? Under Telesco’s watch, the Chargers have gone from competitive to embarrassing, especially when playing AFC West foes.”

My take: With all of the uncertainty off of the field, the Chargers chose to create some certainty on the football side of things by keeping Telesco around for a few more years. It created stability on that side of the building with someone who has been loyal to the franchise and they trust in control. It also gives Telesco the ability to make long-term decisions for the franchise, good or bad. However, that same stability has not been created on the coaching staff, with Mike McCoy not extended and with one more year left on his deal.

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that receiver Austin Pettis will be brought in for a tryout by the Chargers on Tuesday, with the team needing more depth at that position. San Diego released Pettis at the end of training camp.

My take: I’m surprised Pettis was still available, considering the needs at receiver by teams like Green Bay and Carolina.

There’s two schools of thought on the Melvin Gordon benching situation over the weekend. I already offered my thoughts on Monday. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network offers a similar opinion in his weekly conversation with Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 in this audio link. It’s near the end of the conversation. Former Chargers center Nick Hardwick sides with McCoy in this video.

And here’s what McCoy had to say about it on Monday: “He put two balls on the ground. Regardless of what the score is in the game, if you put two balls on the ground you’re going to come out. They’re critical mistakes. You’re moving the football and all of sudden the ball comes out. Next time you’re out there all of sudden the ball comes out again, and I’ve got an issue. I’ve got an issue with the first one, too.”

My take: I get McCoy’s rationale; I just don’t agree with it. The only way Gordon is going to get better is if he plays. Player development trumps wins at this point. Like McCoy said, they got themselves into this mess and you have to deal with the consequences.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com offers five lessons learned from San Diego’s 17-3 loss to the Denver Broncos over the weekend, including poor protection of Philip Rivers. San Diego’s veteran signal-caller was hit 11 times, leading to his lowest passer rating of the season (57.1).

My take: Entering the contest, the Broncos had a league-leading 37 sacks, so the Chargers knew the pressure was coming, but still had no answer for it.