Jerry Angelo’s quarterback rankings, 2015

by Gary Shelton on August 19, 2015 · 2 comments

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(Jerry Angelo spent a quarter of a century helping to run football teams. For 14 years, he worked in the Bucs' personnel department in scouting and as director of player personnel. Then he spent 11 years as the general manager of the Chicago Bears. Here, he explains how he ranks the quarterbacks of the National Football League in an exclusive for

By Jerry Angelo
Former NFL Executive

6 a.m., Wednesday

Let me start by saying the quarterback position is the hardest position in sports to play. No other position is more scrutinized or demands more of one player than the quarterback position.

Having one not only offers a team the quickest path to a successful season, but he also gives the franchise legitimate hope each year, that they can go out and compete for a
championship. That why the Bucs had to draft Winston. Some said “How can they afford to draft him?" I said "how can they afford not to?"

That’s why you see teams over-draft them and overpay them. What are your options? To play around a quarterback is the hardest thing a football team and coaches have to do. Most fail, but not all. We did a great job in Tampa for many years winning allot of games and championships without a marquee guy behind center. I can tell you first hand it’s a brutal way to win.

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Cecil DeBald August 19, 2015 at 7:10 am

I’m a bit confused, but then that’s a norm for me anymore… you said “the quality of his coaches are just as important as his talent” speaking of the QB, and yet the traits you listed for him to be successful are not coachable. So if a coaching staff can’t positively improve a QB’s toughness/poise, accuracy, instincts or leadership, what are quality coaches doing for a QB to rate half of the credit for a QB’s success?


Gary Shelton August 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

Play calling. Surrounding people with good players. Game-planning. Coaches influence a hundred things that don’t reflect on a quarterback’s talent. Do you really think John Fox taught Peyton Manning how to be tough? how to be accurate?


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