SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, apparently was the first candidate to interview to replace fired Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.
Ron Wolf, the former Green Bay Packers GM who's serving as a consultant for Chargers President Dean Spanos, said in a conference call Wednesday that the first interview was Tuesday in San Diego. Asked if that interview was with an outside candidate, Wolf said: "Not to my knowledge."
Spanos confirmed on Monday that Raye is among the candidates to replace Smith, who was fired along with coach Norv Turner. The team is declining to identify other candidates.
Raye, a former wide receiver at San Diego State who's been with the Chargers for 17 seasons, didn't return calls or a text seeking comment.
According to four people familiar with the search process, the other known candidates are player personnel men Tom Gamble of San Francisco, David Caldwell of Atlanta, Steve Keim of Arizona and Tom Telesco of Indianapolis. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chargers haven't revealed the names.
It's not known when the other candidates will be interviewed. San Francisco and Atlanta have first-round playoff byes this weekend. Indianapolis plays at Baltimore on Sunday, and Arizona missed the playoffs.
Wolf said he was in San Diego on Tuesday but had returned to his home in Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday.
The Chargers said Monday that the interviews will be conducted by Wolf, Spanos, assistant GM Ed McGuire and Spanos' son, John, the director of college scouting. Dean Spanos will make the final choice, and the new GM will join those four in picking a new coach.
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