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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Dwayne Allen has put the pads away for the offseason.
However, his work is just beginning off the field as Allen is picking back up his books and heading back to school.
Clemson University is the destination for Allen as the rookie tight end is taking some online courses in his pursuit of a degree after leaving school a year earlier to continue his dream of playing in the NFL.
That dream became a reality quickly in his rookie campaign with Allen starting all 16 games and contributing 45 receptions for 521 yards and three touchdowns.
Those numbers ranked at the top of all first-year rookies at the tight end position but Allen was left with unanswered questions while cleaning out his locker earlier this week.
‘What if this happened?’ Definitely the what ifs,” Allen said of his thoughts following Sunday’s 24-9 loss to the Ravens. ‘What if this happened? What if I was here?’ Different stuff like that that possibly could have affected the game.”
Allen had four catches for 51 yards on Sunday and once again was a reliable, consistent target for quarterback Andrew Luck.
On Monday morning, the attentive Allen was tuned in to head coach Chuck Pagano’s final team meeting before the players departed to their respective offseason destinations.
“Coach just went over how proud he was of this team and what he thought about us and the character that every one of us showed going through what we went through throughout the year,” Allen said.
“He also talked about the team that he wants to coach, the team that he wants to have in Indianapolis and the bar is set high for us to succeed in the coming years.”
Always critiquing his game, Allen has one particular item in mind when discussing his plans on the field during the offseason.
His 45 receptions are a Colts rookie tight end record but his expectations are higher heading into year two.
“I wasn’t very conditioned throughout this year because of everything I had to do before the season, with the combine getting ready for the draft and pro day and all that stuff,” Allen said. “Hopefully I’ll take advantage of this offseason and get in the best shape possible so when it’s third-and-whatever and my team calls on me to make a big play, I’ll be there.”
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