Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on September 2, 2016 · 2 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.

Friday, 6 a.m.

The San Diego Chargers finally agreed to a contract with Joey Bosa. Can Bosa salvage anything out of his rookie year?

Yes, because of the nature of his position. He should be able to get himself up and running within a month. Assuming he’s in top physical shape, which I believe strongly he is given his football character.

It will take three to four weeks of getting used to the pads and contact. My reasoning, defensive linemen have a less of a learning curve than most other positions. They are more

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reliant on their individual talent, than their fit within the scheme. What I mean is this; if he were an offensive lineman his success would be tied more into how well he worked with the group of other linemen.

That’s not the case with D-linemen. When it’s 3rd and 10, it’s one on one. He's got one job to do and only he can do it, get to the quarterback.

Now that Denver has decided to start Trevor Siemian, what are they going to do with Mark Sanchez? Will he make the team?

I don’t see any reason to cut him. He’d be a very serviceable back-up and given Siemian is new, you won’t know what you have with him until you’ve seen him play. He can easily be a bust given the nature of the position and the track record of young quarterbacks coming into the league.

So, Sanchez has value. They could also trade Sanchez. Look at what’s going on around the league with the Vikings and Cowboys. Either team would love to have any quarterback with experience at this point.  But to me, that wouldn’t make much sense given they have to find out first what they have in Siemian.

Likewise, Dallas evidently likes rookie Dak Prescott. But do they have any choice but to bring in a veteran quarterback?

I said last week they need another vet at the position. Regardless if he is the back-up or the No. 3 guy.

Romo is a chandelier, given his injuries and age. How you can ever feel good about his durability.  The challenge of any organization is to develop the best depth you can at every position, particularly at the QB spot.

The back and forth continues over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem. How would you handle that controversy? Would you leave it in his hands? Would you have the team act as one? What?

It’s one of the worst situations I think I’ve seen. The 49ers needed to nip this in the bud.

The worst thing that could have happened is what’s happening now. It’s a national story. Kaepernick is too far down the path to retreat, so to speak. Saying that, you need to bring him in and tell him how foolish he is.

It’s not wrong for him to have his opinion. The problem is he is a potential lightning rod to his fans, teammates and coaches. There is no win for anyone, mostly for him. He isn’t going to change a thing. All he is doing is fueling the fire.

Anyone with half a brain knows what he saying is right, but what’s his point other than becoming a major distraction for the organization and teammates. The last thing you want, as a club, is any kind of distraction. Their focus should be on the upcoming season, now it’s all on him. He’s got enough to deal with it on the field. This is potentially going to have a major negative impact on his career. He may be a bright kid with a good heart, but he isn’t showing good common sense in my opinion. The question he needs to ask himself: "Is it worth it."

The Minnesota Vikings suffered a blow Tuesday when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater injured his knee in a non-contract drill. How much do the Vikings depend on Bridgewater for their playoff hopes.

He wasn’t special. He was solid. He could make a play when they needed it and by and large didn’t do things that would cause his team to lose.

The Vikings weren’t and aren’t built around him. They are built around their ability to run the football, play top notch defense and special teams. Bridgewater will be a loss, but they will survive and compete for playoff spot. They are a very well coached and rounded team. They got the taste of winning  and that taste is not going away.

Overrated-Underrated

Carson Palmer, Cardinals. Underrated. He has played at a very high level since joining the Cardinals. He’s their MVP.

Carlos Dunlap, Bengals: Underrated. He was labeled an underachiever, but has put together a pretty nice career.
 
Brandon Marshall, Jets: Overrated,  A special player has one or two homes (teams he’s played for), this guy has had a neighborhood and we are still counting. 
 
Vincent Jackson, Bucs: Overrated. He hasn’t been the super star he was paid to be. A threat, but not a weapon.

Darrelle Revis, Jets (Currently): Overrated. He is no longer the premier corner in the league, good, not special

Jacksonville cut former FSU defensive end Bjorn Werner, who had earlier been cut by Indy. Was he just a guy without a position or the ability to learn one?

It's hard to say probably it's a little of both. Sometimes teams will bring players in during the preseason to get a good look at them, but not with the expectations of them making the team.

They do so, in the event they lose a player at his position during the season. Now, he will have a better knowledge of their system and they have a better feel for him. So, in some ways this is a smart way of creating a good insurance policy, so to speak.

It’s time for our best-of-the-franchise question. Today’s franchise is the Jacksonville Jags. Is their best-ever player:

1. Fred Taylor

2. Tony Boselli

3. Maurice Drew-Jones

4. Jimmy Smith

5. Mark Brunell

This is a very close call. All the players had very good careers with the Jags. I would have gone with Boselli had he had a longer career. Would have to go with Fred Taylor.

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Rick Martin September 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

Just don’t understand that when an employee (Kaepernick) doesn’t do what an employer (Niners) asks (ie stand up for the National Anthem), doesn’t the employer have any recourse (pay cut, fire, suspend). Must be my two decades of Army indoctrination to do what you’re told. Kaepernick is not a private contractor when wearing the uniform and represents the company. If the ticket sales guy on the Niners business staff tweeted something disrespectful about the nation he’d be jobless in a NY-minute.

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Gary Shelton September 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Rick:

I think the 49ers could react any way they wanted to. He’s an employee. But to act harshly would make Kaepernick more of a victim. As I wrote, I have no problems with his rights to protest. I wish he had gone a stop farther and mediated or marched or met with community leaders. That way it’s a lot more involved than sitting down.

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