The piece is making headlines mostly because Angelo wasn't very complimentary of Jay Cutler, the quarterback he traded two first-round draft picks to get while he was at Chicago. He ranks Cutler No.15 and not elite and had various criticisms of him.
But it's also quite a compliment to Newton, who is ranked above (among others) in the original list at the top of the story: Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo on Angelo's nine-point scale. Here was Angelo's comment on Newton, whom he lists as one of the NFL's seven "elite" quarterbacks:
"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 led the charge. Needs to continue to grow his football IQ. More work in the classroom is the key to his continued development."
Angelo's scale is somewhat unclear. Later in the very same piece, he does another numerical chart that ranks Newton seventh instead of fourth, but still in the same grouping of the seven "elite" quarterbacks (behind Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Luck and Rivers) but ahead of the other 25 teams' signal-callers. Anyway, it's somewhat interesting reading on a snowy day, especially the part where Angelo says quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Cutler all may be "descending players."