Q: How long will it take you guys to hire a head coach and GM? – Lorenzo Baltazar
A: The Chargers are not putting any timetable on their GM search, and rightfully so, but they hope to have it wrapped up relatively quickly. They will interview as many candidates as it takes to ensure they hire the right person. Then, once the GM is in place, he will join the group of decision makers in the search for the next Chargers head coach. So expect to see the GM named first followed by the new head coach.
Q: Are you guys looking for someone new at this position or are you guys looking for someone who has experience? – Nick Webb
A: Dean Spanos has been adamant that he isn’t eliminating anyone from the search. He said that it will be an “open process” in which they interview and evaluate all sorts of candidates for both positions. They feel the best way to assess the entire field is to interview as many qualified candidates as possible. That will most likely include candidates who have been in similar roles in the past as well as up and comers.
Q: Have you guys thought about hiring Ron Wolf as the GM? – Jake Mcewan
A: Both Dean Spanos and Ron Wolf made it very clear that he is a consultant only and will not join the team as the GM. Wolf said the game has passed him by in terms of the time commitment the GM position commands. Once both vacancies have been filled, Wolf’s job here will be done.
Q: Is Mr. Wolf going to have input on picking the coach in addition to the new GM? – Dean Peak
A: Wolf has said he will give his input on both the coach and GM, but the final decision resides with Dean Spanos who will have the final say on who gets hired.
Q: Do you think there should be a change at quarterback? – Chris Tsirtsis
A: Absolutely, unequivocally no. At 31 years old,
Q: In your eyes, where do you think the team could improve? – Tyler Dawson
A: In my opinion, it’s the offensive line. As noted above, Rivers has proven he is still an elite QB in the NFL. Unfortunately, he was too often hurried or brought down before he had a chance to carry out many passing plays. Rivers was sacked the second most times this season, as his 49 sacks ranked just short of Aaron Rodgers NFL leading 51 takedowns. Thus, for me, the team needs to address its’ issues on the offensive line in order to get the most out of their elite QB.
Q: Are you ready to call
A: I am not anywhere close to calling him a bust. Was Mathews’ season a disappointment? Definitely. But he dealt with a broken collarbone early on that robbed him of six weeks of practice and training camp heading into the season. Then he had to deal with an offensive line that was both ravaged by injuries and struggled to open up running lanes. But Mathews is only 25 years old, is still very young and has already been named to a Pro Bowl in his short career. I think adding another dynamic running back to the roster to share the load will help him avoid injuries and be more efficient, but ultimately I think Mathews still has a bright future ahead of him.