Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on June 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected.

Thursday, 6 a.m.

In today’s NFL, with the extra point kick coming from farther away, how often should a coach go for two? Ben Roethlisberger says the Steelers should go for two every time.

Obviously going for two points after a touchdown becomes more appealing. That's particularly if weather conditions aren’t favorable, as they aren’t sometimes with teams that play outdoors.

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Short of that, I don’t feel your chances are better going for two points over your kicker. I understand a quarterback wanting to go for the two points; that’s in their DNA, but common sense tells us you go with the surest bet and my money is on the guy who gets paid to do one thing.

As a general manager, how concerned were you with players who grumbled to the media during contract negotiations like Muhammad Wilkerson and Von Miller? Did it ever get to the point that feelings were bruised?

I didn’t like it. I thought it was dirty pool because the media only gets one side of the story and then embellishes it.

The team isn’t going to poor-mouth its own player or his agent, and the players know that. I thought it was a classless act, given you are presumably negotiating in good faith. There is an old saying “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”.

Rex Ryan says a lot of things, but I thought he had an interesting phrase the other day when he mentioned “winning July,” Can a football team really get an edge during its time off before training camp?

"Winning July? I never heard of it and really don’t know what he meant. Maybe it was a message to his players to be safe and stay in shape.

Maybe he was talking to certain players like Marcell Dareus, his well-fed and well-paid defensive star who has a penchant of feasting in July and showing up grossly overweight and out of shape. Other than that, I don’t know how you win in July.

Leave it to Rex to have us analyzing the absurdities of football.


1. Julian Edelman: Underrated. Brady’s favorite clutch target.

2. Robert Quinn: Rated just right, when healthy.

3. Tony Romo: One of the most overrated players in the history of football. Quarterbacks are measured by wins, not stats.

4. Darrelle Revis: Overrated, other than his first tenure with the Jets. Prior to his injury, he was the best at his position. He makes more money than big plays now.

5. Aqib Talib: Underrated; if it weren’t for his antics off and on the field, he would get the respect he deserves as a player.

6. Philip Rivers: Rated just right. He has played exceptional football in his later years. A great leader and competitor.

7. Clay Matthews: Overrated. The move to inside linebacker was a mistake. He's still a 'War Daddy,' but with few scalps.

Did you watch the ESPN documentary on O.J. Simpson? How will you remember him?

As a very confused and troubled man. He was one of the first iconic players thrown into the entertainment world. It was a world he had no comprehension of and bit every apple of temptation until it poisoned him.

So you expect this to be the last season for Drew Brees in New Orleans?

I do. He’s at the end now. It may be a very bad ending. Brees' arm can no longer rival his competitive spirit and that can be very dangerous to his health.

When Robert Ayers said the Bucs were “a little less terrible,” do you think it was a good thing or a bad one?

Certainly an interesting way of saying your better. Let’s look at it as his way of challenging his new teammates. The one thing we can say about Ayers expertise, given his days with the Giants, is that he knows what terrible looks like.

In our weekly ratings game, we come upon the relatively new Carolina Panthers. Is their best player:

a). Steve Smith
b) Cam Newton
c) Kevin Greene
e) Julius Peppers

Those are all great players. Right now it’s Steve Smith. He was prolific. A playmaker on and after the catch. His competitive spirit would inspire a Jesuit Monk to speak.

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