Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on February 9, 2017 · 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 questions will be selected.

Thursday, 5 a.m.

First of all, what more can be said about Tom Brady? That was an incredible comeback, wasn’t it?

I can’t say any more than what’s been said. He’s the best ever. He proved it. There are no more real legitimate arguments.

Like him or not, his stats and rings speak for themselves.

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Joe Montana was great, and John Elway and Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw? But could any of them have brought the Patriots back from 25 down with 17 minutes to play.

I think any one of those guys you mentioned is capable, but Brady did it. In the end, that’s what it comes down too. That’s why they keep score.

On the other hand, the Falcons had a collapse. Did you think their fourth-quarter play-calling was subpar?

It wasn’t just their play-calling, it was their game management, as well. They were in position to put the game away; instead they opted to run their game plan regardless of where they were in the game based on the score and time on the clock.

It was boneheaded and will haunt them forever.

John Lynch didn’t get into the Hall of Fame. Still, what do you think of the class of Tomlinson, Warner, Davis, Anderson, Taylor, Easley and Jerry Jones. Who would you have voted for, and who would have made you say “uh, no."

I don’t have a problem with any of them. They all are deserving and were great players.

Certainly, I think John Lynch should have been voted in, but it didn’t happen this time around. He’ll get in. It’s just a matter of time. Jerry Jones is political. I’m not going to talk about it, because it would be in a backhanded way of dignifying it. I’ll leave it at that.

One of the loudest arguments about the Hall of Fame is that Terrell Owens didn’t get it. Personally, that didn’t bother me, because there is more to football than numbers. How did you feel about it?

I’m no fan of the guy. A great player, but a terrible team player. I think, to some degree, that matters. I get the “Me Guys”, but at some point there has to be a line. Opposing Owens shows me there is one.

Deion Sanders says that Tony Dungy used to steal signs. Dungy says it’s no big deal, that everyone does it. Is he right? Is this noise over nothing?

I think it’s a non-issue. Stealing signs is part of the game.

If an opposing team is dumb enough to let someone steal their signals, that’s on them. It’s human nature. We’re playing high stakes poker and your in position to see some of the others players cards. What are you going to do, excuse yourself and tell them to hold their cards a little closer to their vest. Come ON!

A website called YourTeamCheats.com says the Bucs were 16th in the NFL in cheating. The Patriots were 17th. Does someone need to do a bit more homework?

I don’t know what that’s about or how do they come up with their rankings. To me it’s a waste of time.

If the Bucs are ahead of the Patriots in anything, what does it all mean? To me, it means nothing based on the results of those two teams.

The Falcons aren’t bringing back defensive coordinator Richard Smith. As bad as the collapse was, is that an overreaction?

I think it is, but given the magnitude of the game and the collapse of their whole team, not just the defense, makes him look like a scapegoat.

Speaking of the Falcons, former Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick retired this week. Vick says he’s worthy of the Hall of Fame, which makes me wonder if they would charge him double to enter. How much talent did Vick waste? How good could he have been?

Vick was a great athlete who played quarterback. He was an average quarterback for most of his career. Once he lost a step, he became a very mortal quarterback.

I personally loved to watch Vick play in his prime, but he will never get true attention from the HOF committee. It has nothing to do with his off-the-field issues. It has to do with his record and accuracy with the ball.

Cleveland cut our old friend Josh McCown this week. But was McCown really the worst guy on the team’s roster?

To say any one player is the worst player on the worst team in the league is a very unfair statement. The Browns are the worst team in football and it’s every bit an indictment on ownership and the team's front office as it it is any one player.

Cleveland is the new Bermuda triangle for players.  It used to be Cincinnati, but the Browns own those waters now.

A year ago, the Carolina Panthers lost a Super Bowl despite an MVP quarterback … and fell off a cliff. What will keep the Atlanta Falcons from repeating their disappointment?

I don’t know. I think it was real anomaly, what happened to the Panthers. The Falcons are a very good team and will be one again next year.

The loss of both their coordinators and haunting memory of the Super Bowl will have some effect. How much to the good or bad  remains to be seen. Going to the Super Bowl takes some luck.

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