Tom Telesco, the Colts former Colts Vice President of Football Operations, just wrapped up his introductory press conference as the new general manager of the San Diego Chargers.
For the last 15 years, Telesco has called Indianapolis home and he has served in a variety of personnel and scouting roles for the organization.
Below are a few of the comments Telesco shared with the San Diego media on his time in Indianapolis:
On Indianapolis and how his experiences there paved the way for such an opportunity:
“I want to thank the Colts, Jim Irsay, the Irsay family and the whole Colts organization. We spent 15 years there. We had great success there on and off the field. That’s where our kids were born and I can’t say enough for what they’ve done for my career both professionally and personally. It’s where I developed and learned my craft from people that were there. My experience in Indianapolis was invaluable and I wouldn’t be in this spot if it weren’t for the guidance and the support of Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and this past year with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano. I can’t thank that organization enough for what they’ve done now.”
On the 2012 season for the Colts and helping a team improve by nine games:
“It happened in 1998 when we first got to the Colts. I was a college scout then so I wasn’t as involved. We were 2-14 and we had to turn the whole thing over. This coming year it was the same thing. We had players that fit an old scheme. You just cannot turn a roster over in a whole year. You’ve got to pick and choose your spots. It was a daily, daily grind, especially Monday’s and Tuesday’s which are the big days when you make your transactions. I joked two or three times that I would tell Ryan, ‘We have not made 10 transactions in a day since I’ve been here.’ Then the next Tuesday we just made 11. I know our guys in Indianapolis, our pro scouts, our college scouts did an incredible job of knowing what’s out there, fine-tuning it for us and giving us the right names.”
On spending the last 15 years in Indianapolis and what that city means to him:
“We were in such a great spot in Indianapolis. We had been there a long time and were very comfortable. In this business, it’s hard to get comfortable in one spot. We were there for 15 years and loved the people there. (The Colts) have a great, young team coming up. It wasn’t like I was actively looking to leave, I loved it there.”
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