In 2009, Jerry Angelo made a splash when he acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos for Kyle Orton and multiple draft picks. Almost five years later, the former GM is not in any organization’s front office. Instead, he’s found his way back into evaluating talent as an NFL analyst.
On Tuesday, Angelo released his quarterback rankings from the 2013 season, grading each starter and backup on a scale with 9.0 being the absolute best (or in this case, Peyton Manning).
Angelo wasn’t shy when assessing Cutler’s performance in 2013, giving him a 7.9 grade, but he had critical remarks about his mental makeup. Here’s what he had to say about his former franchise signal caller:
“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.”
Cutler was lumped into the same tier as fellow NFC North quarterback Matthew Stafford, who received a 7.9 grade as well. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was rated the highest among NFC North signal callers with a grade of 8.8, only behind Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown was tied for the highest rated backup along with (guess who) Orton as both received a 6.4 grade. Here’s the glowing review Angelo gave McCown:
“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.”
McCown was listed ahead of a few other starting quarterbacks such as Jake Locker, Ryan Tannehill and Mike Glennon.