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Jerry Angelo says Jay Cutler lacks poise


Jerry Angelo was the general manager for the Chicago Bears when the team traded for quarterback Jay Cutler prior to the 2009 season.

Cutler has been a lightning rod for criticism at times as the quarterback of the Bears. Despite some decent seasons from a statistical standpoint, the Bears have made the playoffs just once in five seasons with Cutler at the helm.

Angelo was fired as Bears general manager following the 2011 season. In a piece written for, Angelo graded the performance of every quarterback in the league during the 2013 season. Given his familiarity with Cutler during three seasons together in Chicago, Angelo’s critique of Cutler was particularly interesting.

“Has all the physical tools, but inconsistent in the clutch. Mostly due to a lack of poise,” Angelo wrote. “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.”

It’s by no means a scathing review of Cutler’s abilities. Cutler was ranked 15th in Angelo’s rankings for the season with an equal grade to Matt Ryan, Tony Romo and Matt Stafford. However, the comments of Cutler lacking poise and struggling to read defenses aren’t exactly a glowing endorsement either.

Considering the list of quarterbacks to start games during Angelo’s tenure as general manager included Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Jonathan Quinn, Shane Matthews, Henry Burris and Rex Grossman, it may be wise to take Angelo’s breakdowns with a grain of salt as well.

Regardless, the Bears have made their bed with Cutler as their quarterback for the foreseeable future. Cutler signed a seven-year contract with the Bears in January.

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33 Responses to “Jerry Angelo says Jay Cutler lacks poise”
  1. mcdeez22 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:37 PM

    Jerry Angelo lacks poise. Please go away forever, you Dan Bazuin drafting dweeb.

  2. canuck54143 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:44 PM

    As a bears fan I think J.A. hit the nail on the head about Cutler. Honestly think Jay signing was the wrong direction for bears… At best us bears fans hope Jay learns to be a game manager, and improves his decision making. Jay is the type of qb who needs a great team to be successful in playoffs. Jay doesn’t make others better, they make him better…. $100+ million in the wrong direction.

  3. sowcrates says: Feb 11, 2014 11:46 PM

    Angelo sees Cutler as a half-general and gives him Rashied Davis and Kellen Davis to try and throw at and two 1st rounders (Chris Williams and Gabe Carimi) who might never see a field again after this off-season. Emery sees Cutler as a half-general and provides him Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and four new offensive linemen and says “well now we have a total offense that can provide the other half of the offense.”

    Jay Cutler can go on hot streaks the way Eli Manning can, and he has had nowhere near the same bad coldstreaks as Eli the past 3 years. That’s more than enough to build toward a SB with.

  4. getyourownname says: Feb 11, 2014 11:50 PM

    So in other words, a guy who hasn’t been able to get hired for his football personnel expertise in over 3 years is now touting his expertise.

    What’s next, Vinny Cerrato offering up an expert mock draft?

  5. axespray says: Feb 12, 2014 3:19 AM

    It’s tough to have poise and not lock onto a receiver when you’ve got Gabe Carimi blocking for you and you only have 1 reliable receiving option (Earl Bennett?) for a good chunk of your time in chicago.

    He’s still an un-clutch quitter thou, but he hasn’t gotten a lot of help for a good chunk of his career in chicago.

  6. rextraordinaire says: Feb 12, 2014 6:13 AM

    Jerry Angelo lacks a job.

  7. sfm073 says: Feb 12, 2014 6:14 AM

    Finding a truly great qb is hard, that’s why so few teams have one. Everything he said about cutler is pretty accurate.

  8. wickedfootball says: Feb 12, 2014 7:00 AM

    Phil and Lovie say Jerry lacks poise.

  9. snccoach says: Feb 12, 2014 7:16 AM

    This Bears fan says Jerry Angelo lacks talent identification on the offensive side of the ball.

  10. mjposner says: Feb 12, 2014 7:24 AM

    Cutler developed bad habits in college where he was far better than his team at Vandy. He was a 4 year starter that lost alot of games which I think colors his attitude.

  11. whatjusthapped says: Feb 12, 2014 7:33 AM

    Spot on, he forget to mention Culter’s penchant for throwing to a different color jersey.

  12. footblfanatic says: Feb 12, 2014 7:39 AM

    Jerry Angelo is unemployed for a good reasons. 1. His EVALUATION OF TALENT for many players he drafted. 2. The coaches/staffs that were assebled were very good on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball but failed miserably time and time again on the offensive side

  13. intelligent cement says: Feb 12, 2014 7:56 AM

    The fourth paragraph could describe Angelo’s draft days.
    I’ll stand with Emery.

  14. masher1965 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:57 AM

    Take his breakdowns with a grain a of salt ?? How about the entire box of salt ?? Jerry didn’t just have a problem breaking down QB’s , but offensive linemen and wide receivers as well. I think anyone , outside of the Cutler bashers, who would conjure up Adolf Hitler to support them if needed and possible ( just a “slight exaggeration” , lol ) no Bears fan will pay any attention to Angelo’s “breakdowns” of an offensive player

  15. bigmike7914 says: Feb 12, 2014 8:08 AM

    Jay Cutler says “Jerry Angelo lacks a job”

  16. bearsfan4life says: Feb 12, 2014 8:16 AM

    Jerry Angelo, of Chris Williams, Michael Okwo, Gaines Adams, and Juaquin Iglaseus fame.

    Remind us Jerry, which team do you currently work for?

    That said, his reading defense comment is spot on. He sometimes struggles to get past his first read.

    But poise? YOU are responsible for the offensive line, the coaching staff, the offensive coordinator that saw him on his back after nearly every play.

    What was his passer rating in the 4th quarter this year? That would tell us a lot.

    Jerry Angelo…. LOL….. good riddance!

  17. 1historian says: Feb 12, 2014 8:24 AM

    Of all the bad things you can say about a quarterback, “inconsistent in the clutch” has to be the worst.

    There is only one way for Cutler to get rid of that description.

  18. leroysbutler says: Feb 12, 2014 8:27 AM

    Cutler is entertaining in a pouty red zone interception kind of way. I’m a big fan of his pick 6-ability.

  19. canuck54143 says: Feb 12, 2014 8:49 AM


  20. alewatcher says: Feb 12, 2014 8:57 AM

    And Cutler also played behind a revolving door of an offensive line, courtesy of Jerry Angelo. It’s a wonder he was able to make any throws.

  21. busterhighmann says: Feb 12, 2014 8:59 AM

    They’ll regret that contract. Mr. Frustrating please come to the huddle.

  22. 4dabears says: Feb 12, 2014 9:06 AM

    While Angelo may be accurate about Cutler’s lack of poise, does he really have any authority to grade anyone on the pro level? What a joke of a GM!

  23. earpaniac says: Feb 12, 2014 9:57 AM

    Considering the best QB during Jerry’s time here he already knew was good before he traded for him, and when you look at the QBs he brought in before, Angelo might be the last person on earth I’d have evaluate QBs.

  24. initialsgbm says: Feb 12, 2014 10:18 AM

    I agree with this assessment…for last season only.

    However, JA and Lovie did nothing under JA’s tenure to bolster the offense when he had Jay.

    Lovie and Emery finally added Marshal and Jeffery before Lovie got canned.

    Jay never had protection under JA and Lovie so he’s developed a lot of bad habits in those seasons when under pressure that he needs to break.

  25. cuda1234 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    The media always wants to say that all these bums got to the SuperBowl in spits of Rex Grossman. Its starting to sound like Rex got to the Super Bowl in spite of them.

  26. shaggytoodle says: Feb 12, 2014 12:30 PM

    Playing with Marshall, Forte, and Jeffery, made Cutler look better than he really was.

    If you don’t buy that you should have seen what they did for McCown.

  27. bearshaterseverywhere says: Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    Does Jerry realize that Jay had his best year as QB on the Bears the very first year without him as GM. Some is a little butt hurt over being let go. It’s common knowledge in Chicago that Jerry Angelo was the main problem, not individual players.

  28. mkos4513 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    My question to Jerry would be “Then why did you trade for him?” This makes no sense. Jerry had plenty of college and pro film on Cutler. So, is Jerry admitting that his original evaluation of Cutler was wrong? BTW, given Jerry’s draft history I wouldn’t trust his evaluation of anybody, especially on the offensive side.

  29. realfootballfan says: Feb 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    The question is why is this a revelation? This has been the book on him and is the reason Lovie Smith got fired. Jay Cutler was pretty much Rex Grossman with a bigger name and worse attitude.

  30. rho1953 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:17 PM

    How can you argue with the assessment? He thought enough of Cutler to make the move to get him. Like many personnel moves, it didn’t work out. What is Cutler’s record against Green Bay? He is 1-8! Now tell me how Smokin’ Jay is such a hot commodity! Seriously!

  31. masher1965 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    Seriously?? How about Angelo’s wonderful record in drafting offensive lineman ( Chris Williams and Gabe Carimi ) ?? How about his draft record on wide receivers and sticking with Hester as a #1 ?? How about his inability to get a good OC ?? Seriously ?? I get you hate Cutler but your biasness has you blinded to the fact Angelo couldn’t draft his way out of a wet paper sack. Cutler has had no offensive line , until Emery, no real #1 wide receiver until Emery , no #2 , and no 3rd option until Emery. Add to that the Bears didn’t even have an offensive CLUE until Trestman . I suggest you shut up already, SERIOUSLY

  32. larryboodry says: Feb 14, 2014 12:56 AM

    Jay’s lack of poise at times was due to the sterling level of talent JA surrounded him with. It is no coincidence that Cutler’s best statistical season as a Bear came in the first year that both Angelo and Lovie were gone.

  33. respectgsh says: Feb 17, 2014 5:24 PM

    While Cutler has improved some, he still has work to do. Locking onto #15 hurts the offense, I say this because too often you see his head not moving and then Bam he forces it to Marshall with mixed results. Turning the ball over hurts the offense 15 turnovers in 11 games in 2013. Throwing balls to receivers so they have to stop to catch too often limits YAC and big plays.
    But… Jerry did a disservice to Jay (and ultimately himself) by trading for him and then leaving him with only Matt Forte and 9 guys who should not have been NFL starters. Oh yeah, and horrible coaching for a guy who needed just the opposite.

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