Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on June 17, 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.

Friday, 6 a.m.

There are those who already want to debate whether J.J. Watt has passed Lawrence Taylor as the greatest defensive player of all time. Your thoughts, and how many other defenders do you place in the discussion?

I think it’s premature to say that Watt is the best defense player that ever played. First of all, guys like LT, Reggie White, Ray Lewis and Michael Strahan all won championships and were the catalysts for

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their respective teams doing so.

Watt is special. He can play anywhere along the line of scrimmage and impact on any down. He plays extremely hard and is very instinctive. In my opinion to go down as the best ever, you have to have two things: a championship ring and a strong history of consistent performance at the highest level. So we’ll see.

Can you ever remember a defensive player being kicked out of an OTA before Austin Seferian-Jenkins? If a third-year pro doesn’t know what he’s doing, is there much hope for him?

It certainly is a red flag. Sometimes a guy needs a strong wake-up call. Being dismissed from team activities can be classified as such, the message: “Either you get with it or your gone."

Sometimes a new coach wants to make a point to the players,’it’s going to be our way or out’. Regardless, players have to know that they don’t set the bar and if the coaches let them do it, it usually ends poorly.

Is Fletcher Cox worth a $100-million contract?

Obviously he is to the Eagles. That’s a lot of loot, but if he continues to play at a high level, he’ll be worth every penny.

Remember the value of the position. After the quarterback position any defensive lineman who can play disruptive football is arguably the next-most valued position.

Look what Carolina did, they let Josh Norman go, and set their sights on extending and signing DL Brandon Shorts. Short and his agent are probably loving what the Eagles did, because his agent will point to that deal. I’m sure Carolina would tell you Cox isn’t worth it.

You were with the Bears when Bryant Robinson had his best years. Did his death hit you hard?

I was there with Bryant. He was a great kid, mischievous, but very likable. One day he shows up at the facility with two broken wrists. I never seen a player who broke both of his wrist. We asked what happened. He said he did it, while walking his dog. Right!

He was loved by his teammates and coaches. He played as hard as any player we had. He’ll be missed by many, may God be with him and his family.

Overrated-underrated (the series):

1. Eli Manning. Grossly overrated, when was the last time the Giants won anything that mattered?

2. Mike Evans. Overrated, too many dropped balls for any receiver, particularly one with his talent and where he was taken in the draft. They passed up Aaron Donald to take him.

3. Ryan Tannehill. Overrated, One good game, one bad. That’s why they continue to go 8-8. Average is losing football.

4. DeMarco Murray. He’s both over and under. Under in Dallas and Over in Philly.

5. Randall Cobb. Overrated, without Jordy Nelson, he looked very mortal.

6. Odell Beckham. Just right, special talent and produces when you to go to him.

Is the NFL in need of a developmental league?

I used to think so, but no. Right now each team can keep approximately 63 players on its roster. Times that by 32, that’s a lot of players. They need better coaches and the coaches need more real practice time (in pads) to develop the players they have. The developmental league would be coaching mostly players that have been cut and weren’t good enough. It’s a waste of time, because they were evaluated and deemed not good enough. No league or extra coaching is going to change that.

The NBA’s Nate Robinson, at age 32, is trying out with the Seahawks as a cornerback. Do you like his chances?

Who knows, but why not take a chance and see. I’d love to see it happen. It would then encourage more NBA players to possibly jump over to the NFL. NBA players are the greatest athletes on the planet, given their size and athleticism. You only have to look at what Antonio Gates, who wasn’t good enough to play in the NBA and the career he had with the Chargers. Stop and think how many more maybe would be like him? The positions they would be most qualified to play would be at receiver, tight end and defensive end. All three skilled positions, that value talent with size.

We do this every week.Today, it’s the Buffalo Bills, as we try to determine their greatest player. Is it:

a.} O.J. Simpson
b.) Bruce Smith
c.) Jim Kelley
d.) Thurman Thomas

You have to go with Kelly on this one. Going to the Super Bowl four times. Extremely hard to do, but with Kelly any game was winnable based on his arm and rodeo tough personality.

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