It was probably happening the day after the regular season ended anyway. But after Thursday night's embarrassing 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Los Angeles Chargers fired head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco with three games to go.
Presumably, the Chargers will hire a general manager first and whoever that is will lead the head coaching search. In Detroit, the focus in terms of who the Chargers would hire away is naturally on offensive coordinator Ben Johnson as their next head coach.
But, what if someone else was on their radar?
On Woodward Sports Friday afternoon, in the wake of the Chargers' news, Ryan Ermanni of Fox 2 had a not-so ridiculous thought.
"This is something that nobody else is talking about, but here's my concern with the LA Chargers....and, the job is not done here in Detroit, it is nowhere near done in Detroit. But if I'm (Chargers' owner) Dean Spanos, the very first call I make is to Brad Holmes. They fired their general manager today...Brad Holmes came from Los Angeles, where he was with the Rams.
Brad Holmes has rebuilt a franchise and helped instill a culture here in Detroit that is, unmatched in the history of this franchise, at least in the Super Bowl era.
The LA Chargers have a salary cap where over 50 percent is eaten up by four players....
So what do they need to do? They need to draft well.
After offering up the notion the Chargers can trade out of the top 5-to-10 pick they're moving quickly toward, since they don't need a quarterback, Ermanni went further.
"If you give Brad Holmes picks....you, know what he can do. That thing in LA can get turned around very quickly. My first call....forget about Jim Harbaugh, forget about Bill Belichick, forget about Ben Johnson, is to the general manager of the Detroit Lions, Brad Holmes....to bring him back to LA."
Detroit Lions rumors: Could the Chargers try to bring GM Brad Holmes back to Los Angeles?
It's fair to assume Holmes is not leaving his post as Lions' general manager until he's relieved of his duties, whenever that is. He spent a lot of time in the Rams' organization, going back to 2003 when it was in St. Louis, starting as a scouting assistant and finishing with several years as their director of college scouting.
But to make that into any sort of tie to Los Angeles, or interest he'd have in going back to the city, is a stretch. Ermanni did not do that. He talked sheerly from the Chargers' end, with an opinion their first call should be to Holmes.
There's definitely something to the "make him turn us down" element for the Chargers. There's a 99.9 percent chance Holmes says no. But they wouldn't know 100 percent for sure until he says so, and as they enter a rebuild/reset there is probably not a better (hypothetical) general manager candidate out there.