Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on January 12, 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 with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected.

Thursday, 4 a.m.

I was a little surprised at the Jaguars’ hiring of both Tom Coughlin (vice president) and Doug Marrone (head coach). Do you think the two will be able to work together? Who has the greater pressure: Coughlin not to micromanage or Marrone to develop a feel for his new boss?

I personally think it’s the wrong move. Who does Marrone answer to, Coughlin or his GM?

I’ve never seen these paradigms work. In all fairness to Coughlin, head coaches have a difficult time transitioning into front office positions. Tom was a great coach and has a plethora of knowledge to offer any team, but not in this capacity. The Jags would have been better off naming him head coach and Marrone offensive coordinator. That dynamic might have worked.

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Deshaun Watson of Clemson had one of the best college championship games ever. What do you think his pro potential is?

I think he’s the number one overall pick in the draft. Thanks to his performance on Monday night and the success Dak Prescott is having in Dallas, how can the Browns afford to pass on him?

They're an organization starving for an identity. They get one with Watson. I’m not saying Watson is the second coming for the Browns, but they have no other choice but to take him.

Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese says that Odell Beckham “needs to grow up.” How much can that kind of player drive a g.m.’s blood pressure? And shouldn’t Beckham be one of the best players in the league?

Beckham is one of the best players in the league. He’s dynamic on the field; unfortunately he is off the field as well.

He’s a problem for the Giants. No one seems to have a handle on this guy within the organization. At some point, he either gets it or the Giants will have to make a tough decision as the Steelers did when they let go of Plaxico Burress once his contract ran out.

Does Jamaal Charles have football left in him? If so, will it be in Kansas City?

I can’t say. He’s a prolific player, but those injuries start to take a toll after a while. I think he’ll be back with the Chiefs and hopefully the time off will be the elixir he needed to get back to form.

If you had  a player like Dallas’ Randy Gregory, where would you turn to get him help? After spending most of this year on suspension, he’s gone for another year.

I’d cut my losses and move on. He’s done!

Dallas and the league have done everything they possible could for this guy. Sometimes players don’t want help. By keeping him all you’re doing is enabling him. He’s made wrong choice after wrong choice going back to his college days. You know what they say the definition of insanity is.

Jordy Nelson has cracked ribs. Can a receiver play through that, or does catching the ball expose them further?

He’s not going to play well with cracked ribs. They would be better off without him in his present situation.

At another position where a player can defend himself, maybe it will work out. At wide receiver, when the ball is thrown to you and you have to extend for it, there is no defending yourself. Never had a good outcome with that injury at that position.

This is always the toughest time for the Hall of Fame vote, whittling 15 finalists to five. Which five do you like among LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Joe Jacoby, John Lynch, Kurt Warner, Terrell Owens, Morten Anderson, Alan Faneca, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Ty Law and Kevin Mawae?
LT, John Lynch, Morton Anderson, Alan Faneca, Kurt Warner.

Eight coaches left in the tournament. Can we rank the coaches: Bill Belichick, Bill O’Brien, Pete Carroll, Jason Garrett, Mike Tomlin  Andy Reid, Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn?

How about the quarterbacks?


Jerry’s picks

Seattle at Atlanta

Atlanta has too much offense and a solid defense. Hawks can’t score

Houston at New England

It will be a yawner, over at half time.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

KC is too good on defense.

Green Bay at Dallas

Packers. Dallas can’t stop Rodgers

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