Former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo Ranks Cutler and McCown

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Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates with quarterback Josh McCown (12) after defeating the Cleveland Browns 38-31 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what Angleo wrote about Cutler:

Has all the physical tools, but inconsistent in the clutch. Mostly due to a lack of poise. He’s not comfortable reading defenses and consequently locks onto a favorite or pre-determined target, that may or may not be the right choice. The less he’s asked to see the better he is. A better half field general, than a full field one.

Ouch. Them’s some harsh words for a player for whom he mortgaged the organization’s future, trading away a pair of first round draft picks among a blockbuster offseason deal.

And a little something on Cutler’s backup Josh McCown, who was in the “can start and compete with him with a good supporting cast and quality coaching, but lacks something, i.e., arm talent (strength or accuracy), poise, instincts. Not good enough. To win with him 2 of the 3 of the phases have to be dominate or surround him with high caliber players” category:

Had the best year of any back-up at his position. He played consistently and without having his coaches compromising the play book to get it done. He was well schooled and efficient moving the team.

If anyone knows about a quarterback who is “not good enough” and “2 of the 3 phases have to be dominate (sic)” it’s Angelo.  He made a career of quarterbacks like that before he went all in and got Jay Cutler.

After he got Cutler, Angelo thought he could sit back with his feet up on the desk and watch the Super Bowl titles come rolling in, never bothering to try to put any playmakers or competent offensive linemen around him.   Maybe Cutler isn’t among the elite like Manning and Brady, but I’d take Cutler over just about any half of his so-called “elite” quarterbacks and most of the rest ranked above Cutler.

When Angelo gets down to ranking the quarterbacks 1-32, Cutler is smack dab in the middle, ranked #15 behind such luminaries as Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers.

In completely unrelated news, former Angelo first round draft pick Gabe Carimi was just cut by Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Maybe these rankings and the Carimi news explain why Angelo is relegated to the same existence as your truly – writing about it instead of actually working as a GM.

H/T to The Score’s Joe Ostrowski for the link to the article.

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Topics: Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Josh McCown, Quarterback Rankings

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  • John Mack

    I would love to see Alex Smith in our offense with Alshon, Martellus and Brandon!

    • ManGod

      Yes I am sure you would….but I can also assure you that while Alex Smith would have a season best for his career….it would not equal what Jay Cutler and this offense will achieve this next year. Consider that last season was their first season in this system, the growth they showed from game one all season with each game they played; and now add a season of chemistry and game plan to that and visualize what they will do in the coming season? Bearing in mind that this offense put up the 2nd most points per game in the NFL behind only Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos…..8-8 with JC out 5 games and basically no defense….there are many what if’s….all I am saying is just sit back and watch this offense light up the scoreboard this season and watch the wins go up as Phil Emery brings in the defensive youth and players to surround Briggs with to upgrade this defense into true Monsters of the Midway again. It is very easy to see the Bears as legitimate contenders for the Division Title and the Super Bowl…..keeping in mind that Mel Tucker’s replacement may already be on board and that once Phil Emery has worked his draft magic….if Tucker fails to produce a top ten defense from the gate, it would not come as a surprise to see him replaced as DC if not fired outright long before he has a chance to doom the team to missing the playoffs or placing the team in a must win to get in position based on the poor play of the defense as a unit.

      • John Mack

        We’ll see, but there sure is a LOT of money invested in an unproven entity under center. We’ll see. I support the Bears so I’m excited for where we’ll go, but my eyeballs aren’t aligning with the stats. BEAR DOWN!

  • ManGod

    Amazing insight from Jerry Angelo……but frankly speaking, who gives a shit about what Jerry Angelo thinks? Angelo’s, reign as GM in Chicago points out one glaring fact “Jerry Angelo knows absolutely nothing about building a competent football team, hiring a competent coaching staff, or analyzing a draft filled with awesome talent. Granted he pulled the trigger on Cutler which was a great move, then he showed his true nature and failed to protect the investment, failed to provide the investment with quality and dependable weapons, thereby, condemning the investment to potential injury and condemning the team to almost no hope of post season play.
    Next, he brings a 7 step drop fanatic named Martz and still refuses to address the glaring need of protection to the franchise investment in Cutler, fails to provide true play making weapons (ie Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett), While he continues to coddle Lovie Smith and refuses to address the absolute mess Martz and his successor make of the offense going from fantasy extreme to conservative repetition of high school level play calling.
    All that is not just laid on Mr. Angelo’s doorstep….it is the glaring facts of his legacy in Chicago…..AND now he has the bold nerve to criticize someone who just set the highest marks of any player at his position (in 11 games, I might add) and a backup who played with great courage and had the best season of any backup in the NFL…..all this while he is still walking down the bread line looking for crumbs because no team organization in the NFL will even consider Mr. Angelo for so much as potential mention for a replacement GM.
    Jerry Angelo is a fool’s fool living in a world filled with gaudy self importance and misguided fantasies of knowledge and filled with the tarnished dreams of failures and self importance only he can visualize.
    So who really gives a shit what Jerry Angelo has to say about any player in the NFL?