Here is how Angelo defines 'upper class':
The upper class quarterbacks. They can elevate the play of their team. Has an extraordinary make-up physically and has intangibles. An elite player.
While we are used to Newton getting this type of praise I find it interesting the other QBs in his group as well as those rated in lower groupings. Newton finished tied fro 4th with Drew Brees. Here is his explanation after rating Newton an 8.7 out of 9.0:
Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo Rates Every Quarterback from the 2013 NFL Season | The Sideline View
A special talent with flaws. He took a good team and had them playing consistently well. They didn’t back into being divisional champs, they took it and he lead the charge. Needs to continue to grow his football IQ. More work in the classroom is the key to his continued development.
This top group included Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers and Luck. That's pretty good company I would say.
Now if you follow the link you will see some big names in the next grouping down, like Russell, Rothlisberger and Kaepernick. You have to look even further for Ryan, Romo and Stafford. Now look and see where RG3 is...wow.
Oh and guess who is at the very bottom...Pickles!
As I read Angelo's explanation for his rating he seems to be right on in most of what I'm reading which is why I decided to write about this piece. He's not only looking at physical traits but season performance and surrounding cast. He also doesn't lean on 'potential' so much, deciding to focus more on film and season results. I think he did a good job with the rating even though I have no idea how he put them together. It seems to match the sniff test to me.