Chargers name Joe Hortiz general manager

League: NFL

Posted on: 30 Jan, 2024 at 08:10 PM

Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers named Baltimore Ravens personnel director Joe Hortiz as the team's general manager on Tuesday.

Per the Chargers, Hortiz will oversee all player personnel and scouting matters, including free agency and the NFL draft.

Hortiz, 48, served in his current role with the Ravens since 2019, having worked for the team for 26 years. Baltimore's head coach since 2008 has been John Harbaugh, the brother of new Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh.

"Joe is one of the most respected player evaluators and personnel minds in the league whose contributions to the Ravens front office over the past two decades cannot be overstated," John Spanos, the Chargers' president of football operations, said in a statement.

"When you consider his football IQ, eye for talent, ability to think both short and long term as it pertains to roster construction, organization, thoroughness and ability to be creative within the confines of our collective bargaining agreement, it's hard not to be excited about the future. Factor in his experience working with two of the best in the business in (former Ravens GM) Ozzie Newsome and (current Ravens GM) Eric DeCosta and the consistency of performance that their teams have achieved, Joe is without a doubt the right person to help Coach Harbaugh and his staff build a team that will make Chargers fans proud."

Teaming with Newsome and DeCosta, Hortiz helped shape two Super Bowl championship teams and a club that went an NFL-best 13-4 this season before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

"When you've had the privilege of working with one organization your entire career, something that's exceedingly rare in our business, the opportunity and fit has to pretty much be perfect to consider a change," Hortiz said. "This is that opportunity -- the Chargers' brand, the uniforms, foundational building blocks already on the roster, a new training facility, SoFi Stadium and a clear commitment from the Spanos family to dedicating every resource possible towards bringing a Lombardi Trophy home to our fans -- it's all there. Then of course, having known the Harbaugh family for all these years and the chance to continue that special relationship in this new role, I truly could not be more fortunate."

Tom Telesco was the Chargers' general manager until Dec. 15, when he and head coach Brandon Staley were fired after a 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders dropped Los Angeles' record to 5-9. The Chargers went 0-3 under interim head coach Giff Smith to finish the season.

The Raiders hired Telesco as their general manager last week.

Los Angeles finished 18th in total offense this season (329.4 yards per game), 21st in scoring offense (20.4 points per game), 28th in total defense (362.9 ypg) and 24th in scoring defense (23.4 ppg).

--Field Level Media