Jerry Angelo, who served as Bears general manager from 2001-2011, ranked quarterbacks for TheSidelineView.com; he had some pretty negative things to say about Jay Cutler, whom he acquired from the Broncos in 2009 for Kyle Orton, two first round picks, and a third round selection:
Has all the physical tools, but inconsistent in the clutch. Mostly due to a lack of poise. He’s not comfortable reading defenses and consequently locks onto a favorite or pre-determined target, that may or may not be the right choice. The less he’s asked to see the better he is. A better half field general, than a full field one.
Considering Cutler led three game-winning drives and his QB rating in the fourth quarter surpassed the other three this season, any claims about “clutchness” are, as they tend to be, dubious.
That being said, Angelo had Cutler ranked right around league average, and it’s hard to make a convincing argument one way or another versus the people directly in front of him — i.e. Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, and Alex Smith — but Angelo may still have a job if he were not objectively incompetent at evaluating quarterbacks:
From the ex-GM who brought you Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Jonathan Quinn and Rex Grossman http://t.co/NthEarhtxa
— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) February 11, 2014
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[H/T NFL ATL]