Ex-Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo criticizes Jay Cutler for lack of poise

Jay Cutler

Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may be the most talked about and over-analyzed player in Chicago in recent memory, and he’s not even immune to criticism from Jerry Angelo, the man who traded for the former Denver Broncos quarterback as Jerry Angelo.

Angelo ranked all the quarterbacks from the 2013 season on a nine-point scale and Cutler came in at No. 15, one spot below Tony Romo and one spot ahead of Matthew Stafford with a grade of 7.9.

“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.”

The opinion of Angelo is shared my many around the league who have praised Cutler for his big arm and criticized him for his propensity to lock onto a receiver and penchant for the interception.

Cutler signed an extension with $54 million in guaranteed money this offseason after a year marred by injuries, questions if Josh McCown should be the team’s starter and if Cutler would even be resigned.

Players with Cutler’s grade according to Angelo are described as follows:

Talented, has good history of play, but had a subpar year. Lack of durability, deficiency in an intangible area, poor cast around him or coaching. Any of these reasons may have kept him from playing to his potential. May be a descending player.

Lack of durability and deficient in an intangible area have been Cutler’s Achilles heel during his time with the Bears, but after signing a seven-year deal this winter, the Bears are hoping Angelo is wrong and he is not a descending player.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Football, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo

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  • greg

    Good thing nobody gives a crap what a disgruntled former employee thinks. He was fired for being a terrible manager and poor judge of talent.

  • hesperus77

    Jerry angelo’s GM track record doesn’t lend itself to much credibility. However, that being said, I agree with what he says about Cutler not being good in the clutch. I disagree with current management’s choice to sign him to a long term deal. Maybe Emery is seeing something that Angelo could not. I guess we’ll find out…

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