The dead period between the Super Bowl and the start of free agency is a time not just for looking towards the future, but reflecting on the past. Jerry Angelo, long-time general manager for the Chicago Bears, has chosen to do the latter, and has offered a rating for every QB from the 2013 season - all 61 of them.
Angelo's rating - which is for that QB's 2013 performance only, not their total body of work - ranges from 5.0 to 9.0 (because why not), and is split into eight categories:
- 8.5 - 9.0 - The upper class quarterbacks. They can elevate the play of their team. Has an extraordinary make-up physically and has intangibles. An elite player.
- 8.0 - 8.4 - Played at a high level. Was one of the reasons - but not the reason - for his team's success... not elite.
- 7.5 - 7.9 - 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.
- 7.0 - 7.4 - 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.
- 6.5 - 6.9 - Has strong traits but hasn't done it. Lack of experience, injuries, missing intangible may be the reason for his erratic play. Still a work in progress. He can move up or down.
- 6.0 - 6.4 - Can start and compete with him with a good supporting cast and quality coaching, but lacks something, i.e., arm talent (strength or accuracy), poise, instincts. Not good enough. To win with him 2 of the 3 of the phases have to be dominate [sic] or surround him with high caliber players.
- 5.5 - 5.9 - Can be an emergency starter. Does not have the mental make up or physical talent too [sic] perform as a consistent starter. He's temporary relief, but not a long term solution.
- 5.0 - 5.4 - A band-aid, can get you through a game. Not a starter. he lacks the arm strength or needs accuracy. May be missing something intangible, i.e. toughness, instincts etc... Cannot win with him, regardless of supporting cast or coaching.
He showed good poise and good arm strength. Can see over the rush and can get the ball down field. Those are the pluses. The negatives are he's to [sic] slow and immobile. Will hold onto the ball long after his internal clock should have gone off and struggles to extend a play once it breaks down. His accuracy is average and struggles in the intermediate area of the field.