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Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo not high on Cutler

Updated: February 24, 2014 10:14PM



The Bears just committed a lot of money (and at least three more years) to quarterback Jay Cutler, signing him to a contract that averages $18.1 million per season.

But the man who brought Cutler to Chicago doesn’t seem to be as high on him as he was years ago.

Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo — who acquired Cutler from the Denver Broncos in 2009 for quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round picks and a third-rounder — graded every NFL quarterback for thesidelineview.com. Cutler ranked 15th out of 32 starters in 2013, according to Angelo. Among all active quarterbacks last season, he fell in the third of Angelo’s eight tiers, along with the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan, the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo and the Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford. The Kansas City Chiefs’ Alex Smith and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles are two quarterbacks who graded out better.

Here’s what Angelo wrote about Cutler: ‘‘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.’’

This isn’t the first time Angelo, who was fired in 2012 and replaced by Phil Emery, has critiqued Cutler, having posted his thoughts on the social media website Sulia.

Peyton Manning (Broncos), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) and Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) ranked highest in Angelo’s review. He also looked at Bears backup Josh McCown and Orton, now with the Cowboys; each ranked lower than Cutler but had more positive remarks.

‘‘[McCown] had the best year of any backup at his position,’’ Angelo wrote. ‘‘He played consistently and without having his coaches compromising the playbook to get it done.’’

Rex Grossman, Angelo’s first-round pick in 2003, was near the bottom of the list.

NOTE: The Bears hired Joe Kim, a prominent martial-arts expert who has coached with eight NFL teams, as their skill development coach.

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