Insider on the Raiders GM Search: “The Organization Looks Foolish”

The Raiders have their head coach, but it sounds like the team’s GM search is anything but over.

Champ Kelly and Colts’ assistant GM Ed Dodds are considered the favorites for the job, but a familiar name re-entered the fold on Monday morning.

According to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, the Raiders have set up a second interview with former Chargers’ GM Tom Telesco…

Vic Tafur on Twitter: “Former Chargers GM Tom Telesco is in Las Vegas for a second interview for the Raiders GM job. / Twitter”

Former Chargers GM Tom Telesco is in Las Vegas for a second interview for the Raiders GM job.

The news that Telesco is still in the mix only dramatizes what has already been a particularly bizarre process from the start.

Sports Illustrated insider Hondo Carpenter said this week that owner Mark Davis needs to step up and make a decision soon, especially if he’s going to hire someone other than Kelly.

“The organization looks foolish,” Hondo said on Monday on his Las Vegas Raiders Insider podcast. “Mark Davis, you’ve heard your committee. You respect your committee. You’re the owner. Make the decision. If you’re going away from Champ [Kelly], get the guy in now… why just sit here? How long will you stand between two opinions? It’s Champ or Dodds. Make the decision.”

We know now that there is a third candidate still under consideration for the job, but most would consider Telesco a relatively underwhelming hire considering the Raiders’ current options.

That being the case, Telesco does have GM experience and that might hold some value to Davis and his advisors.

Tashan Reed on Twitter: “#Raiders have had second interviews with the following GM candidates:- Interim GM Champ Kelly- Former Chargers GM Tom Telesco- Colts assistant GM Ed DoddsOwner Mark Davis expressed hesitation to me last month about having a rookie GM-HC pairing. Telesco has GM experience. / Twitter”

Raiders have had second interviews with the following GM candidates:- Interim GM Champ Kelly- Former Chargers GM Tom Telesco- Colts assistant GM Ed DoddsOwner Mark Davis expressed hesitation to me last month about having a rookie GM-HC pairing. Telesco has GM experience.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, a decision from the team on their next GM is expected soon.

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19 thoughts on “Insider on the Raiders GM Search: “The Organization Looks Foolish”

    1. Its a shame that Mark Davis doesn’t realize that the way his father ran, what used to be one of the best organizations in sports, was totally wrong,!

  1. Great that we hired AP as coach. Bring CB on board asap. I’m okay with signing Ed Dobbs in a completely different roll. You can’t have 2 gm’s this will only result into an internal power struggle. Not good. As far as Telesco stay the hell away. This bafoon last i heard has the Chargers around 36 million over the cap. Why do you think he’s gone. Wake up! Trade for fields or better yet somehow trade up for jaydon Daniels. Hoyer and Garrapolo need walking papers.

  2. Are you serious, this Organization can not do any worse by making Champ Kelly it’s GM
    than they already have, with that Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler hire. Mr. Davis you are
    kinda looking stupid here. You can remove the interim title, and make Champ Kelly General
    Manager and structure the deal based upon the success of the team, and the performance
    of his additions. Why you would want the possibility of differences of philosophy between
    the head coach and the general manager? You have a harmonious relationship between the
    head coach and general manager now. Why create your own problems before you get started?

  3. Hire Kelly. Stay away from that bozo Telesco and stay away from Dobbs, the grass always looks greener on the other side. This hire should be easy.

  4. Mark has to someday realize that the “Experts” he surrounds himself with are just as clueless as he is. Football is a Crapshoot. Every Winning Coach, GM, PP Director have bad runs also. The Draft is the best proof there is. These teams spend Millions on the Highest Tech Fine Tooth Combs to research each and Every player. Result? Less than 50% of high draft choices do as expected when picked whereas check the number of low draft choices / UFA playing in the league. My Point? Mark… Grow them little raisins into Big Huevos and make YOUR pick!!! It’s YOUR Team – Your Father would want you to Man Up and Run It. You cannot do any worse than the other 31 club members. Take Charge – ATTACK!!!

  5. We juat look stupid. This organizations obsession with wanting to be free of racism only interviewed black hc candidates. We whiffed on Harbaugh again. We go back to the basement of the AFF West with a rookie unproven head coach. Watch Harbaugh goes to the Chargers and builds them into a real contender. While the raiders are stuck at average with an average not great head coach. I say again not everyone is happy with the AP hire. Well regret it. We could of had a shot with Harbaugh. What could of been….

    1. Harbaugh is not a slam dunk he has issues with the suspension looming. AP has the locker room already. Let’s not forget the vast amount of money the team has dumped into coaches Gruden and McDaniels. AP is the safe if not the sexy hire.

  6. Champ Kelly obviously deserves the GM job I mean he’s the one who picked AP to be the intern HC in the first place so he’s obviously a good decision maker when it comes to recognizing a good leader of men I think the two of them are the right choice moving forward for the Raiders organization.

  7. Bunch of drama queens! How do the Raiders look foolish? Why do they have to rush the decision? To satisfy us?

  8. Mark Davis. The only man I know of that could jump into an ocean of pu_sy & come up with an assh_le!

  9. Tom Telesco is the the new g.m. It will work. Relax. Just grateful that Josh McDonald’s is gone.

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