Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on December 1, 2014 · 0 comments

in Florida State University, general, Tampa Bay Bucs

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.

Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis ran onto the field Sunday to throw the challenge flag in the last two minutes. Should coaches be allowed to challenge anytime? Should Lewis have been penalized?

Regardless of the rule, Marvin Lewis did the right thing. He got the attention of the officials and they eventually got it right. The system isn’t fail proof. I’m sure the league (the competition committee) will discuss what happened and may refine the process so this can be prevented without a coach having to breach the rule to do what Lewis did Sunday.

How do most teams handle the counting of players? Whose responsibility is it?

The persons who are in the best position to see what’s going on are up in the box. As a rule, there are no less than 3 offensive assistants in the box. One of them should have caught the personnel mistake, as well as the on the field position coach. He above all should know what personnel package is on the field given the situation. You rarely see 12 offensive players in alignment on the field, as we did Sunday. Simple, because they know the play and who is supposed to be in the game. It was huge mistake, and it cost them the game.

Do you think another NFL team will be interested in Ray Rice now that has been cleared to return?

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