Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on April 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 GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected.

Saturday, 5:45 a.m.

Josh Norman has been released by the Panthers. Would you have any interest if you were Tampa Bay?

No. The reasoning: Without a pass rush, Norman will do little to change the dynamic of the defense.

We saw what happened when the Bucs signed, Darrell Revis, the highly paid and profile corner back. He did very little to change the woes of the team. When you talk about building or having a great defense it starts with the front. The front drives the train, not the caboose.

Remember the cap is an allocation of money. If you pay Norman what

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he’s looking for, that means it will come at the expense of other positions. The Bucs learned their lesson. Let someone else make the mistake.

I see Johnny Manziel is releasing statements saying he’ll play in 2016. Do you believe he still has a chance, or by now, is he simply the latest version of Jamarcus Russell, Akili Smith and Cade McNown?

I see him more like Russell. Too many off field issues and,
Unfortunately, drugs have a lot to do with them. He’ll be a poor investment and a liability for any team. The irony of the whole situation, assuming he has some success, he’s back to his old ways. The question is: Where’s the win for the club?

Do you have an opinion on whether the Rams should go after Carson Wentz, who is supposed to be better long-term, or Jared Goff, who is supposedly better right now?

I think most people would go with Wentz. He is more prototypical of what you want and look for at the position.

Who is better right now is hard to say. Goff has played vs better competition, leading you to believe he will have less of a transition playing in the NFL arenas. It’s hard too say for sure, but history says the guy that looks the part and has played well usually is the best bet.

It wasn’t mandatory, but do you think Sammy Watkins sent out a bad message when he skipped workouts to go to a casino?

I don’t think it's ever a good thing for a player to miss workouts with his teammates, regardless if it’s mandatory or not. It’s bad karma.

Football is a team sport, more than any other sport, because of the many more players teams have on their rosters. The off-season workouts is when the team starts to develop the chemistry needed to be a team. Anytime an individual puts his own personal interest in front of the team, it’s a bad message.

You have to trust the guy next to you. How do you trust a guy who would rather play black jack in some casino, than workout out with his teammates? To me, that’s "Snake Eyes!"

Mario Williams promises he’ll have "the best attitude ever.” When players really have great attitudes, do they have to announce it?

I know what you’re saying, but in this case I think it’s a good thing.

I like when a player calls himself out. Now it’s on him. He is setting the bar for himself and its high one, as it should be for a player of his caliber. When you hold yourself accountable for all to see, you have no excuses but to give it your best each and every day. In the end; if that’s not good enough, he can at least look himself in the mirror.

It’s been mentioned that the Bucs are interested in Vernon Hargreaves, but he’s under six feet tall. How much would that concern you with the size of receivers these days?

His size is fine, as long as he has the ball skills and instincts to play the position. Those are the key traits that make or break corners in the NFL.

You look at Malcolm Butler of the Patriots, who is not real big or fast, but he's their best corner. Why? Because of what I stated. Ball skills and instincts can’t be taught and without them corners, regardless of size, play small.

Speaking of the Bucs, I see they signed one of your old draft picks in Dan Lefevour. Does he have anything at all if the Bucs deal backup Mike Glennon? Or is he just a camp arm?

You don’t sign a guy who got drafted 5 or 6 years ago to be a camp arm. I love this kid. Why else would we have drafted him?

He has all the intangibles you look for at the position, and he is big and athletic. Really, there's nothing not to like. He just needed some time and development. I don’t know what he’s been doing, but obviously he had to be doing something right for the Bucs to take notice. I hope they're right, because he is a first-rate person.

Considering that Tennessee didn’t need a quarterback, I liked their trade of the No. 1 pick. The Titans are behind the Bucs now, but which franchise gets to 10 wins first?

The Bucs hands down. Winston is more proven and the Bucs have better overall players. I don’t know what Kotter will be as a head coach, but I do know Tennessee’s head coach has been fired twice.

With Joe Flacco’s knee problems, might the Ravens be interested in a quarterback?

I doubt it, Flacco should be fine in time. I think it’s always a good thing to draft a quarterback and develop them. Not necessarily in the first two rounds, but anywhere after that makes sense too me. It’s been proven the best back up quarterbacks are usually the ones that have been developed by the team that drafted or signed them young and brought them a long.

How much difference can a coordinator make? Will Mike Smith be better than Lovie Smith? And how will the team look with a “more aggressive” look?

A top coordinator can make a big difference. It’s been proven time and time again. Is Mike Smith that guy? We’ll see. I’m from Missouri on this one. I need to see it.

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