Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on August 24, 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.

If you were in charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars, how would you handle the quarterback situation? Blake Bortles has been a disappointment and has $19 million due next year. Chad Henne hasn’t taken a snap in two seasons. Brandon Allen is a pup. So what do you do?

The Jaguars have made their bed with Bortles. They have to play it out. There are no other options. They drafted him. They paid him. Now they have to play it out with him.

We’re not talking about K-Mart where, if you don’t like it, you take it back.

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Does Jay Cutler give the Dolphins a better chance or a worse one to make the post season than incumbent Ryan Tannehill would have?

Personally I think the Dolphins may have gotten better. My reasoning, Cutler is more talented. He can make all the throws, Tannehill can’t. Cutler had success in Chicago with his now-head coach, Adam Gase when he was his offensive co-ordinator. He doesn’t have anything to prove.

All he’s supposed to do is keep the ship moving. He's nothing more than their back up. A highly paid one, but a back-up nonetheless.

Who is your pick to lead the NFL in sacks this season?

I don’t know how you say no to Von Miller. He’s paid like a franchise player. He said he’s out to destroy all the sack records. So, to me, he’s a pretty good bet.

Which of the new NFL coaches do you think will have the best season: Anthony Lynn (Chargers), Sean McVeigh (Rams), Vance Joseph (Broncos), Kyle Shanahan (49ers), Doug Marrone (Jaguars) or Sean McDermott (Bills).

I’m going with Marrone. He’s battled-tested and won in Buffalo with a much less talented team than he had with the Jags. My next guess would be Lynn. He’s got a good team and a quarterback with a year under his belt.

For an NFL general manager, training camp is a time to worry. But what do you worry most about? 1) An offense that isn’t finishing its drives, 2) A pass rush that isn’t putting pressure on the quarterback; 3) potential injuries; 4) quarterback decisions or 5) the play of the offensive line.

Injuries are always on your mind. You can’t predict who gets hurt or not, but you have to be prepared for everything. That means you have to have a quality back up in place at every position.

The next concern is the offensive line. No offense can come to fruition or flourish without a cohesive offensive line.

Say you run the Bills or the 49ers, and word gets to you that O.J. Simpson wants to perform the coin toss before a game after his prison release. Do you allow it?

I think it would be a nice gesture by the Hall of Famer, but you pass on that one. OJ should spend his time enjoying his life and family. He’s been through a lot. The last thing I’d be concerned with is tossing a coin. If he’s that driven to do it, find a fountain.

Everyone knows how badly Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell flopped, but they aren’t the only quarterbacks to do so: Rank these quarterbacks in order of their bust factors: a) Rick Mirer; b) Art Schlichter; c) Todd Marinovich; d) Heath Shuler; e) Rich Campbell; f) Andre Ware.

I would put Campbell last and Ware ahead of him. At least they got to first base. The others couldn’t find their way out of the batter’s box.

Yes, Aaron Donald wants a lot of money from the Rams to end his holdout. But do the Rams reach a point where his absence costs the franchise more in their rebuilding efforts than it would in cash?

You get the deal done now. You’re going to pay him a lot of money, regardless of when. It’s better to get the pain over with sooner than later in terms of the financial commitment you’re going to make by signing him.

Like last week, we’re going to honor a recently deceased coach in our favorite pros from college segment. This week, it’s a salute to former Syracuse coach Dick McPherson: Would your favorite Orangeman be a) Jim Brown; b) Ernie Davis; c) Dwight Feeney; d) Larry Csonka or e) Marvin Harrison.

That’s a star-studded cast. I’m going with Brown, as in Big Jim.

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