Jerry Angelo spent a decade as the general manager of the Chicago Bears, but he is probably best known in Baltimore as the guy who botched that would-be draft-night trade with the Ravens three years ago.
We haven’t heard from Angelo in a while as he has been out of the league for a couple of years. But this week, Angelo, once again, did not endear himself to the Ravens and their fans -- or their quarterback.
The ex-NFL exec, who now contributes to The Sideline View, ranked the NFL’s starting quarterbacks for the website this week. He ranked Flacco 19th, behind quarterbacks such as Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals and Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals. Angelo said he was basing his evaluations on the 2013 season, but it reads more as a career evaluation for some.
Flacco was in the fourth tier of quarterbacks, whom Angelo described as “Solid traits but limited. Can ‘win with him’ but need a good supporting cast and quality coaching. Shown to be a consistent performer, but not a top one.” Dalton and Palmer were ahead of Flacco in this tier. Eli Manning of the New York Giants was right behind Flacco in the fourth tier.
But Angelo, who once again was supposedly basing his evaluation on 2013 only, wrote that he would have ranked Flacco even lower had he not won the Super Bowl in 2012.
“He only gets into this category because of his Super Bowl win,” Angelo wrote. “I’m not sold he has the ability to be an elite QB. He can play too cautious or get locked on to a receiver. He can be hot and cold, needs to be more room temperature if the Ravens are going to make a run again.”
While those are fair criticisms of Flacco, who threw a career-high 22 interceptions in 2013, I’m not sure he belongs lower than were Angelo ranked him and down in the dumps with the likes of Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams, Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans and Kyle Orton, a backup for the Dallas Cowboys whom Angelo drafted with the Bears.
Regardless, with the Super Bowl behind us and the NFL draft still three months away, we can expect to read more lists like this and hear more criticisms of Flacco. Those critics did not have much to talk about last offseason, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they made up for lost time this offseason.