Martz & Jersey Greg

Brad Biggs reports that the league sources believe the Bears have interest in Brandon Manumaleuna, a tight end who specializes in putting a hand on the ground and keeping defensive ends away from quarterbacks.  While any decision that makes the Bears stronger in the trenches is a wise move, the acquisition of Manu would raise the following question:

How will Mike Martz use Greg Olsen?

Some fans (many on this site) have posited trading Olsen for a bag of balls and late-round draft picks.  These fans, most commonly referred to as "unintelligent", ignore not only the player's brilliant potential but also his rapport with our star quarterback.  Olsen is not a tight end without flaws.  His blocking is subpar and he's shown a propensity to drop too many balls.  But in a pass-heavy Mike Martz offense, Olsen will finally be able to extricate himself from the ill-fitting confines of the blocking world.  Martz will line him up in the slot and out wide, force opposing defenses to put linebackers and safeties in uncomfortable situations and allow him to become more than merely a safety valve.  (I also hope Martz will retire the red zone fade route in the corner of the end zone.)

There are many tests for Martz this season.  Developing a consistent run game, decreasing turnovers from Mr. Cutler and scoring in the red zone are the big three.  But Martz' ability to drain everything possible out of Greg Olsen may be one of the defining effects of his possibly-short tenure.  I've long maintained that Olsen is the key to this offense.  Here's hoping Martz is the man to use him wisely.       

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  • First!

  • Huh, until today I have to admit that I've never considered myself "unintelligent".

    Maybe a bit impulsive at times, and certainly passionate about my football team, but certainly not unintelligent. Especially not because of my very rational and reasonable thoughts about a TE's abilities and his potential for our specific team make up.

    Thanks Jeff!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And one hopes that you *still* have not considered yourself as being feeble of mind, MB. Remember what your mammy told you .. "Sticks and stones..."

  • I completely agree with Jeff. Olsen is a talented pass-catcher and he should remain on the team. We can do a lot better with Greg Olsen than with a "bag of balls and a late-round draft pick." Last week I pondered aloud whether the Bears would be better served moving Olsen to WR or not.

    The only problem with moving him to the slot is that now the receiving corps has Hester, Knox, and now Olsen as slot receivers. Who is the odd man out?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Kellen Davis can be a talented pass catcher too. A TE who can't block is essentially just a slow unathletic(possibly a taller) WR.

    Before, completely disregarding the possibility of trading Greg Olsen, shouldn't we first find out what we can get out of him? What if the Cards would take a package deal of him and a 3rd for Bolden, or the Rams would take him and a 3rd for Alex Barron.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    certainly not Rash...he plays Special Teams.

    that made me laugh out loud. I want Olsen to continue to develop. He may never be Shockey or have as bad of hair as Shockey but the kid will get better and better. My only concern is that i like Cutlers chances of not throwing picks when he is NOT out there. It just seemed like he would lock onto him a bit. Olsen had some big catches last year and i thought he showed a lot of potential so it will be interesting to see how this little soap opera plays out. We don't need a 4th rounder and some cash for him. we have the cash and Jerry will just fuck up the 4th round pick. We need Martz to find a role for Olsen so he can get better and so Cutty can have a big target.

    On a sad note, i just read that Bennett is having knee surgery that will keep him out of part of off season workouts. that doesn't bode well for this kid who is going to have to learn the shit out of Martz's encyclopedia of pass routes and check downs.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    2 Yard average after the catch, key to our offense, Really? So if Olsen had of been on our roster for the Superbowl in Jan. of '07 he would of been the key and we wouldn't have lost? If Cutler gets blind sided next year and Kaleb Hanie has to step into the role we should be OK because Greggy boy's still tripping down the field adjusting his helmet? Trust me, Olsen had better not be the key to our success. Gotta admit it Jeff, you know how to rub a little salt from time to time.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    How is someone unintelligent because they have an opinion that differs from another fans opinion? I never heard anyone suggest low picks or a bag of balls for Olsen. I suggested getting a 2nd rd pick for him with maybe something smaller like a late rd pick thrown in. I like Olsen and would love him to stay, but I get the feeling they might try to trade him. Just like you feel they wont trade him. Whichever scenario plays out, I dont think the person who is wrong about what will actually happen is unintelligent. because it is just another fans "opinion". Some of their inquiries & moves lately at T.E just made me think they might trade him. Thinking they could use a 2nd rounder in this draft. Plus the fact Martz covets blockers 1st & foremost. I am not saying I want him traded,just feel like they might do it, just thoughts about it. I was just surprised to hear you say that. I like your blogs and you seem pretty cool and are a knowledgeable Bear fan, just like the rest of us. You seem to interact with everyone well,so keep the blogs coming,thanks. We are all Bear fans, so that should make us all intelligent Right? LOL.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    well if we are unitelligent then what does that make Lovie Smith? I never promoted the trading of olsen. I like Olsen he is young and has great potential but can we get Olsen an ass, say like Antonio Gates? He is the only TE with out an ass. maybe this is why he cant break tackles.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Whats the point of having four TEs? someone clarify this

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    i don't like talking about tight ends because Michael Gaines would have been a great tight end in this system. Don't know who is a worse blocker: Kellen Davis or Greg Olsen?

    Gotta keep Dez though regardless of what we do. that cat can still play and does the little things. only when you try to run him and Olsen into each other on a pick play from the 4 yard line does he not perform. What a stupid play call by Turner. it still makes me mad.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I agree with you on Michael Gaines,his release puzzled me a bit. Kellen Davis is actually a good blocker and catches well,he is huge like 6'8" he is young & improving. Dez Clark has done a great job for us and I cant see him going anywhere. Dez still does it all well. He can mentor the younglings as well.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Trading Olsen would be unintelligent because you and others like you say so? Is that really how you think you win a disagreement or an argument? That is a tactic which doesn't add to your ability to win an argument, rather it detracts from it instead.
    Are you sure you're alright Jeff? I'm starting to worry about you.

    Are you sure you're OK Jeff?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    wow. are the stars aligning?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=4956727

    if the front office mgt. clusterfucks this offseason, the owners should be outbought also....time to get some new faces at every position

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQD WTf, I actually clicked that link and the whole thing says.... nothing really, Sharper is willing to play for any team.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    did you notice this:

    "Anywhere is an option," Sharper said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Coach Lovie Smith, I have the utmost respect for him. I've played against him for many years and seen how he's built that program in Chicago. I'm a firm believer in what he's doing up there. I love the Chicago fans. Wherever I go I want to go to a great fan base, and Chicago has one of the best fan bases in all of the NFL."

    sure it's just chatter, but indirectly he's interested in playing for Da Bears. let's oblige him and give him a reason to light up (Brett Favre?), AP, and fagbeard AKA Childress

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQD...THIS IS A POTENTIAL FILL WE NEED!!!
    Stop the "Shell Game"..."Wag the Dog"

    Halas Hall is pulling you by your short and curlies and making you not focus on our needs rather than what they want you to beleive is important!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Hmmm...

    Well, I typically agree with you Jeff, but I gotta be honest, in this case, I couldnt disagree more. Here's what I mean, if Greg Olsen, or any Tight End for that matter, is the key to your offense...you've got a pretty bad offense. This is what happens when you DONT HAVE top tier receivers...Im not saying that position cant be very productive and important, but lets not get crazy here...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Come back to us MB, come back.....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    second

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I would be interested in what my co-bloggers think are the core of this team. Pick 3 currently rostered guys on O and 3 guys on D to be your core that you couldn't trade or lose to injury without a significant negative impact to the team. Mine would be:
    Offense - Cutler, Forte, and Williams
    Defense - Urlacher, Alex Brown, and Peanut

  • In reply to dutsami:

    DAMN FTW..before I read down I would of picked the same six..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I may even place Briggs in the mix..I know I changing the rules but..hell everyone else does why can't I. lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I would have probably gone that way at the end of 08... but after seeing how awful we were and how futile all our LBs looked trying to fill in at Mike in 09 and how with Jamar in for Briggs, we didn't miss a beat(I think he had 20 tackles); I have decided that a lot of Briggs numbers have to do with the position in the Cover 2. So for me I would rather have to put Jamar out there for Briggs than put any LB we have out there for 54.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    FTW...nice assesment.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Same on offense...

    Replace Urlacher with Briggs and you have my choices.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    same here

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Thanks Trac and Lobo, I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, I should really read over my content before I post them. Please excuse my poor grammar

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There are NO apologies needed M.B! This is Football,there is no crying in Football,LOL just kidding. Sorry it is Happy Hour alreeeeady! The Bears will try to package Olsen for a 2nd rd pick,yeah,yeah it is just a feeling O.K. Right or Wrong,just this fans thoughts. The real question here is can the Bears surprise us fans with some new found intelligence,Huh,lol??

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...hallelujah!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't forget Willie/John Gault/Galt...

    I've been screaming about getting rid of that schmoe for months now...

    Completely agree with everything here. Then again, how many "unintelligent" people need to agree with each other to make it intelligent?

    I guess 51% of the population - ::cough:: Bush supporters ::cough::

    Yeah, I said it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "These fans, most commonly referred to as "unintelligent", ignore not only the player's brilliant potential but also his rapport with our star quarterback. Olsen is not a tight end without flaws. His blocking is subpar and he's shown a propensity to drop too many balls."

    He is "sub-par" at his number 1 job by your own admission and you call me unintelligent? I can take a joke, but the irony is so thick its congealing right now.

    Dez can block, Davis is ok, why would we be looking at another tight end when we could already conceivably get rid of one? Ah yes, Martz must get his own Tommie Harris-style bum to coddle as part of his contract, his own subset of the Lovie BFF Club.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    #1Ninja..."Shell Game" this is #1 on the list of the LDL BFF Club

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    If the honey pot was sweet enough I think the Rams would trade their 1st pick.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Rams want a QB package or multiple low round picks for their 1st pick. They won't settle for castoffs and cash. they want it to fucking hurt the other team.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I can see the Rams screwing the pooch and trading down so that they can get a sucky QB and more picks and don't have to wedge up on McCoy or Suh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Trade Olsen, Hillenmeyer, Hester, Anderson, for Suh.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trading Anderson away for a DT would leave us sorely lacking at DE unless we are signing Peppers or Kampmann as part of your plan.
    Not to mention Anderson is an RFA, and if anyone wanted to take him away it would cost them a 1st and a 3rd, you could probably get a 2nd for Hester and a 2nd for Olsen as well so that means you would invest a 1st, two 2nds, a 3rd and player into a draft pick. That is nearing Cutler's cost for someone who hasn't ever been through an NFL physical before.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Yes, didn't make that clear.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Miracles do happen. Ah those were the days.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d80222b8a/Top-Ten-Draft-Classes-1965-Chicago-Bears

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...I didn't realize back to back WOW!!! and then brought into the HOF at the same time...

    PLEASE PAPA!!!!!! breathe some life into your daughter and help us!

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Why all the hate for Olsen and the love for Kellen Davis? Davis hasn't shown anything as a blocker or as a receiver. He's big as a house but that's it.

    Would you base player evaluations on John Shoop's offense? Turner's was only slightly better. The trio of Turner, Houdini and Pep "Fucking" Hamilton scares no one! Let's see what a real OC and OL coach can do with Olsen. Until they got Aroma in the mix, Olsen was the only receiver Cutler trusted. He forced a million throws his way. Most defenses knew this and rolled the coverage to Olsen's side. The guy has some unique skills. Let's see what Martz and Tice come up with for him.

    I'm a little surprised by the unintelligent comment from Jeff. I don't agree with most of you about Olsen but I'd never say that. Just agree to disagree. Now Mad Max on the other hand ...

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada, it's not at all hate, it's simply football mathematics.

    I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not a big fan of trades for draft picks, esp. with JA doing the picking. I get what you're saying, just don't agree.

    Also, I'm not sure I'd want to go chasing women with him. You'd end up in bars listening to Country music. I'd rather pound my pud.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada...Your just fired up because you guys own GOLD for Hockey!!! CONGRATS! both Men & Women!!!!

    I don't think it is thumping on Olsen as much as Business...we have no 1R or 2R.. so I think the idea is to try to get in those rounds and who do we have to offer with some value. I am sure that the other scouts have looked at the film on Olsen..this may all be for not..on the other hand if they are like are scouts... shit we maybe able to through the baby out with the bath water and get something back and then some.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Thanks for the congrats. People in the States just can't grasp how important hockey is up here. Just a little illustration; on the Canadian version of SportsCenter (much better than ESPN, trust me) they go through all the hockey news before anything about the MLB playoffs or the NFL games. This is during their EXHIBITION season. It's like a religion up here.

    I like Olsen more than I trust JA's ability to draft talent.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Davis shined for me the little I saw him on the pitch, Canada. Can't do more than that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    fqd, did Pisa's nine plays in 09 really impress you that much? If pisa was a sexual act he would defintely be a premature ejaculation...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    he hurt 2 guys in 1 quarter in the Denver game, stuck Michael Turner head on and made him fumble in the Atlanta game, had 4 tackles in part of 1 quarter before he got hurt in the first game i believe. this guy was a stud. he just got hurt. don't want to lose a guy like that.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    100%

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny Pancake, Denver was a preseason game. Nice work on the turner fumble pisa, but unless he's willing to sign for 3 beans and a carrot, fuck off.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Stache...forgedaboutit..no beans no carrot! lol

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    fucking classic Coach

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But I agree 100% with Jonny on this, we need to keep Pisa IF he's healthy. He's a badass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If Tinoisamoa wants to test the free agent waters it tells me two things: either he is a giant asshole, or he is uncomfortable with the continuing defensive philosophy. If he goes then to hell with him...I'm more than happy with Williams and Hillenmeyer.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Or he's more seriously injured than we know about. Let's face it, we don't hear about 90% of the stuff that's wrong with these guys. Thank god we've got Jamar - but we need to sign him soon or move up and take Sean Weatherspoon in the draft. He benched 34 reps(!) at the combine (Mr. Suh did 32) and looked super quick.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009-season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long.
    Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Lobo, just saw this on TV, and it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude ! Is that C. Thomas Howell ?! From 'The Hitcher' ? I swear it is !!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..It's the one I have been talking about.....LOL!!

    I keep imagining that Frank is JA and the kid are the Bear Fans and that is the answer we give everytime JA works a deal out and it goes south..(Rex,Benson trade Jones shall I go on..lol ...try it everytime and I just laugh until I pass out...

    also rewind it and play it over and over it just keeps getting better all the time.. yeah for those on the blog I'm still seven years old in my mind..what are you going to do about it? lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    O.K...the Plot thinkens:

    1. Blogfather has a laid a major mind F!#@@#$K to all. lol

    2. We find out the Jeff is actually Larry Mayer and Ghost yes. one in the same...and he really is Colonel Mustard and killed the real blogfather in the billards room.

    3. Olsen is the love child from Lovie and JA in a strange college fraternity party and they wanted to experiment..you know it's college...

    4. McCaskey is actually: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irtsm7mLG5k
    do you not see the resemblance?

    5. JA & LDL shell game has everyone going until... dun dun dah!!!

    Stay Tuned for Next weeks climatic Blog for the answers. Unitl then remeber to drink you Ovaltine!! LOL!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm convinced that Martz will be able to find a way to tweak his offense to include Olsen. If he can't then he is the equivalent of Lovie Smith. Great concepts but unable to adjust to changing circumstances.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    What, trade Inglesias and move Olsen over to WR in waiting?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He'd still need to block. We don't need two Devin Hesters sunning themselves in the park ....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Classic Bears move, they will keep HH and will let Pisa go. Lunacy.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009-season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long.

    Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm glad about two things.

    I'm glad I don't drink anymore.
    I'm glad I don't have a blog where I alienate 50% of the
    folk on there because they don't like the tight end.

    And everyone on this planet has brilliant potential. Not one person excepted.

    But man, I'm tired writing about Greg Olsen. I'm sure Greg's a nice kid. I'm sure he did everything they told him to do in Miami. I'll even bet he phones his mom after the game on Sundays. But man, does he suck. Olsen is the most embarrassing player ever to play the position of tight end for the Chicago Bears, probably in the NFL. I mean, name me a bigger girl's blouse to play the position. Walter Payton is turning his grave right now watching this guy in a Bear's jersey, I know it. For there is a player on the Bear's offense who is allergic to physical contact and does not give his team the best chance of winning. Never die easy. The play only started for Walter when the ball was put in his hands. Out of bounds is for stopping the clock when you need to - it's not a destination on every play. That's the endzone. Hurt as many people on the way there while you're at it. Olsen ? Footsteps, footsteps, I hear footsteps. Catch the ball, hit the deck. Do that twice a game, "Ooh ! I got a touchdown!"

    Hopefully now that it's the main topic on a blog we can lay it to rest - this is going down the Kyle/Rex polarisation route amongst Bear fans (it would be curious to know the correlation of Olsen/Rex supporters). Rex sucked. But fans still said "No, he doesn't!" He just needs talent and more coaching, right ? It's been a long time talking about Greg, going around the boards seeing if you're the only one who sees that the Emperor has no clothes on - that there's a massive fucking elephant in the
    room. But there are others....

    At first you don't believe it - he's a first round pick after all. And then you remember where Jerry Angelo went to school and it all
    becomes clear. The games are played. The stats are logged. The visual impact is received. The season ends.

    The truth is there for all to see.

    Greg Olsen is a big girl.

    It's not just that he can't block - he's extremely reluctant to get physical with players - he's *afraid* to block. He gets physically dominated by much smaller players who have heart and toughness. He mentally drops 60lbs and dumps his adrenaline when approached by another player. Pictures tell a thousand words, watch any tape or one of Roy's 4 videos. The desire to kill and dominate just isn't there.

    No Bear roars inside Greg Olsen. Will it one day ? Perhaps. But we're looking for Walter. We're looking for toughness from our Bears. The Hamptons, the Dents, the Singletaries, the McMahons, the Ditkas, the Butkus'.... the Paytons. Not some first round bitch who puts everything at risk because he can't do his job. And I'm not going to rip on him for dropped passes, let's be
    fair. He drops less than most TEs, I think he had five this year (it just seems like they were all on 3rd down). We need to liquidate his - as MB put it - 'perceived' worth. Now. Throw him together with a 3rd rounder and try and get us a first round pick so that we can get a safety, or a high second. Anyone, just make sure they contribute to the team. What do we lose in Olsen ? Is he irreplaceable ? Is he fuck ! What does he do ? He distracts Cutler for starters. That's just dangerous. Cutler locks in on Olsen and doesn't let go - laser targeting that won't switch off unless Shabba is on the field. And I want Cutler in bed by ten - so to speak.

    We have Dez and Kellen Davis who can both block and catch - surprise of all surprises. And Angulo was just brought on board, looks like Mamu is on his way. Why else are they coming ....? Charlie don't surf and Olsen don't block - which makes him about as useful as a chocolate teapot on Martz offense (where the Double TE set doesn't exist and the back catches 80 rec).

    But let us be fair......

    Greg Olsen cannot break tackles. The man is almost 260lbs, bigger than most linebackers, yet cornerbacks hit him and he drops like a sack of spuds.

    2.7 YAC ? Translation - He gets hit and falls forward immediately onto the ground like aforementioned sack of spuds.

    One out of every two games he had 3 catches or less.

    Scratch the blowout Arizona game and the 3 TDs - he averaged one TD every 3 games.

    And that's the key to your offense Jeff ? A non-productive jesse at the tight end position ? Wow. Okay, I pick Jay Cutler.

    And we're not entirely alone here ....

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009
    -season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long. Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/Gnoml
    SqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-
    breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF
    8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa
    0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYT
    O2FSSE

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm glad about two things.

    I'm glad I don't drink anymore.
    I'm glad I don't have a blog where I alienate 50% of the folk on there because they don't like the tight end.

    But man, I'm tired writing about Greg Olsen. I'm sure Greg's a nice kid. I'm sure he did everything they told him to do in Miami. I'll even bet he phones his mom after the game on Sundays. But he is the most embarrassing player ever to play the position of tight end for the Chicago Bears. I mean, name me a bigger girl's blouse to play the position. Walter Payton is turning his grave right now watching this guy in a Bear's jersey. For there is a player on the Bear's offense who is allergic to physical contact and does not give his team the best chance of winning.

    Hopefully now that it's the main topic on a blog we can lay it to rest - this is going down the Kyle/Rex polarisation route amongst Bear fans. It's been a long time talking about Greg, going around the boards seeing if you're the only one who sees that the Emperor has no clothes - that there's a massive fucking elephant in the room. But there are others. At first you don't believe it - he's a first round pick after all. And then you remember where Jerry Angelo went to school and it all becomes clear. The games are played. The stats are logged. The visual impact is received. The season ends. The truth is there for all to see.

    Greg Olsen is a big girl.

    It's not just that he can't block - he's extremely reluctant to get physical with players - he's *afraid* to block. He gets physically dominated by much smaller players who have heart and toughness. He mentally drops 60lbs and dumps his adrenaline when approached by another player. This guy was badly bullied as kid. Pictures tell a thousand words, watch any tape or one of Roy's 4 videos. The desire to kill and dominate just isn't there. No Bear roars inside Greg Olsen. Will it one day ? Perhaps. But we're looking for Walter. We're looking for toughness from our Bears. The Hamptons, the Dents, the Singletaries, the McMahons, the Ditkas, the Butkus'.... the Paytons. Not some first round bitch who puts everything at risk because he can't do his job. And I'm not going to rip on him for dropped passes, let's be fair. He drops less than most TEs, I think he had five this year (it just seems like they were all on 3rd down). We need to liquidate his - as MB put it - 'perceived' worth. Now. Throw him together with a 3rd rounder and try and get us a first round pick so that we can get a safety, or a high second. Anyone, just make sure they contribute to the team. What do we lose in Olsen ? Is he irreplaceable ? Is he fuck ! What does he do ? He distracts Cutler for starters. That's just dangerous. Cutler locks in on Olsen and doesn't let go - laser targeting that won't switch off unless Shabba is on the field. And I want Cutler in bed by ten - so to speak.

    We have Dez and Kellen Davis who can both block and catch surprise of all surprises. And Angulo was just brought on board, looks like Mamu is on his way. Why else are they coming ....? Chrlie don't surf ? Olsen don't block ...

    But let us be fair......

    Greg Olsen cannot break tackles. The man is almost 260lbs, bigger than most linebackers, yet cornerbacks hit him and he drops like a sack of spuds.

    2.7 YAC ? Translation - He gets hit and falls forward immediately onto the ground like aforementioned sack of spuds.

    One out of every two games he had 3 catches or less.

    Scratch the blowout Arizona game and the 3 TDs - he averaged one TD every 3 games.

    And that's the key to your offense Jeff ? A non-productive pussy at the tight end position ? Wow. Okay, I pick Jay Cutler.

    And we're not entirely alone here ....

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009-season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long. Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Williams had one shot and made 19 tackles. Don't want to lose a guy like that either ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    i completely agree. you have to give that guy a shot. he is a freak athlete.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    What are Olsen's unique skills Canada ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Speed. You can't teach it. You and I will never agree about this (or many other things when it comes to receivers) so maybe it's time to give it a rest.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Pace got cut, good riddance. Take the 6 mill you didn't earn last year and never enter the Chi confines again. Jerry, that one was on you. Talks at the combine heating up that the Bears will be a real player for Peppers. Please get this guy rather than Kampanwho is just coming off serious knee surgery. He will make our whole D look ten times better. The Cards couldn't wrap up Rolle, he'll be on the market come free agency. Get these 2 guys and were back to being competitive next year.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I like it crown, direct and to the point. You know we have a shot if we make those two moves.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    i was going to really make a ridiculous commment just now based on your comment Trac but i'm laughing too hard and people are looking at me at work right now.
    I'm stepping out of the gutter as we speak.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    thomas jones?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    DMB, nice to have you around.

    Yes please.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    D..What about him?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    He won't come back not to this franchise, after what they did to him..he probably found a picture of JA and pissed on it.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Olsen is not a good pass blocker, he drops too many passes. If he would live up to the HYPE we are fed about how good he is and how he is a game changer, it would be a different story. I will defend him somewhat though, his production is benefited by him being able to stretch the middle of the field which requires the O-Line being able to hold up longer than my COLON does after I eat Mexican food(which btw isn

  • In reply to nickmeyer:

    TTK..that's what FQD was after earlier on the post...and I have said it myself stop the Shell Game!!

    WHEN NEED TWO BEAST GAURDS, DE AND A SAFTEY we are porous on both lines...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    We definitely need F-Safety,D.E & R.B as well as the O-Line. The year is un-capped, what will our Bears do?? How about the Right Thing!

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I believe Anderson gets us a second .. ?

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I'd love to see Izzy play at end, or anywhere we can get him on the field. Bring on September already ....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jebus, Trac. Tell me you're kidding...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Maybe not all of em but surely we could come up with a package that would be a win win.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    This guy is the real deal and I have heard several Rams being very vocal about huge needs all over the place. Tell me I'm not being realistic but I would love to see that disruptive force lining up on our D-line.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That's the shit I'm talkin' about ! A plan. A goal. An end point ...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I agree with most of your picks so I'm going to be pick the three 'Anti-Starts" that I would love to bundle up in a trade.

    Offense: Olsen, Hester, Basanez.

    Defense: Hillenmeyer, Vasher, Anderson.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Are we trading ball-suckers now ? Okay.

    Offense : McKie (7th rounder?), Olsen, Hester.
    Defense: Hillenmeyer, Payne/Steltz, Pisa for a pick.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Offense - same
    Defense - Urlacher, Briggs, Harris (on his way back I hope)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I, being one of the definitely "unintelligent" have always approached Mr. Olsen's future in this manner:

    Get rid of him.

    Has it ever been stated that I want a draft pick and pigskin for him? No.

    However, I have in the past, and will continue to for as long as his pass-dropping self remains on this squad with any possible value attached to his name, state that he should be bundled up with a few other over-hyped, over-valued, and under-performing "stars" on the team to get us eiter of the following:

    1) A proven performer
    2) A #1 draft choice

    I'd give him, Urlacher, and Hester a "good luck in all your future endeavors" salutation if it meant getting a player to fill a HOLE. The way I see it, TE is not a weak point for us with Dez and KD still in uniform.... Not to mention the idea of Manuamalelamauana joining up.

    Could Olsen and a group of over-valued guys be the key to getting Mr. Suh in town? Not likely... Would I send Greggy packing if it did? Damn right.

    Would I send Olsen packing for a draft-pick for Jerry to blow on another under-performer? Nope.

    Package him up and get us someone who has either proven themselves (Or has a last name that rhymes with "Do") from a team who thinks he's worth a turd...

    See ya later Greggy. You can always get s#!t-faced with Jay during the off-season. Not in the Red Zone.

    And try diving for passes for your new team.

    XOXO

    Willie

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    "stars", good one. I saw that too and couldn't help but chuckle. Stumbling stars. I hope they are in the process of getting up, not falling down. lol.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I think trading Urlacher would be Trace Armstrong trade regret all over again. This guys presence on the field even though he has lost a step is too valuable to ship off to another team while our Defense flounders. Urlacher's absence on the field this year spoke volumes to me. Did anyone else notice?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I noticed. Any chance we can get Mr. Desert Swarm to play MLB?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    yea just read a/b Pace (thank God). and Mines....ehhhh.....holding a roster spot

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    RT @ZachZaidman: Looks like Pisa Tinoisamoa will test free agency from people I've talked to around the league

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    So be it, I'd love to see Williams on the field ...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Blogfather..as one of the "commonly referred to as "unintelligent" I ask you this..
    Is it the Chicken or the Egg?
    Is it the Coach or the Athlete?
    Is it Roman Slave Owner or Gladiator?
    In a system(Mart'z system) a TE is blocking first catching second( his words not mine) how do we play an athlete that has the diffuculty of this basic skill. Now don't get me wrong Mr. Olsen may surprise us all, but with a habit of poor blocking,YAC 2.7 yards and not being able to battle a DB who is 55lbs less for a simple yard and is incapable of completing this task.
    Please enlighten me! as I have repeated many of time "This is a Violent Game" not all are to be the warriors that play in it. So I leave you with this snipet to enjoy:

    Mr. Olsen I ask you do understand the "Dogs of War"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMrNRyq7Y44&feature=related

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I think Olsen is going to excel under Martz and be one of the top 5 TEs production-wise next year. I don't think Olsen's ass size has anything to do with breaking tackles NoCal, but hey maybe that's just me. If the o-line gives a couple more seconds of protection for him to seperate from LBs, he is going to be automatic. Olsen is obviously Jay's favorite target and their chemistry will only get better next year. His blocking can improve. He caught a lot of well-deserved flack for his lack of blocking this past year and I expect him to work on it. I agree Kellen can contribute and we know what Dez can do if we decide to keep him around. Word is the bears are interested in Chester Taylor. I would much rather have him than LT or Westbrook. I'm hoping Jerry's feelings of job insecurity and desperation will turn into needed spending and competitiveness in free agency. Think short-term Jerry, you're Bears life is on the line.
    Rolle, Peppers, Taylor or my.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Thomas Jones will be cut this week. He's one of the better vets as we know. Take him back in a heartbeat. And Shabba seems to be Cutler's new beau judging by the last two games ...

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Man, I'm tired writing about Greg Olsen. I'm sure Greg's a nice kid. I'm sure he did everything they told him to do in Miami. I'll even bet he phones his mom after the game on Sundays. But he is the most embarrassing player ever to play the position of tight end for the Chicago Bears. I mean, name me a bigger girl's blouse to play the position. Walter Payton is turning his grave right now watching this guy in a Bear's jersey. For there is a player on the Bear's offense who is allergic to physical contact and does not give his team the best chance of winning.

    Hopefully now that it's the main topic on a blog we can lay it to rest - this is going down the Kyle/Rex polarisation route amongst Bear fans. It's been a long time talking about Greg, going around the boards seeing if you're the only one who sees that the Emperor has no clothes - that there's a massive fucking elephant in the room. But there are others. At first you don't believe it - he's a first round pick after all. And then you remember where Jerry Angelo went to school and it all becomes clear. The games are played. The stats are logged. The visual impact is received. The season ends. The truth is there for all to see.

    Greg Olsen is a big girl.

    It's not just that he can't block - he's extremely reluctant to get physical with players - he's *afraid* to block. He gets physically dominated by much smaller players who have heart and toughness. He mentally drops 60lbs and dumps his adrenaline when approached by another player. This guy was badly bullied as kid. Pictures tell a thousand words, watch any tape or one of Roy's 4 videos. The desire to kill and dominate just isn't there. No Bear roars inside Greg Olsen. Will it one day ? Perhaps. But we're looking for Walter. We're looking for toughness from our Bears. The Hamptons, the Dents, the Singletaries, the McMahons, the Ditkas, the Butkus'.... the Paytons. Not some first round bitch who puts everything at risk because he can't do his job. And I'm not going to rip on him for dropped passes, let's be fair. He drops less than most TEs, I think he had five this year (it just seems like they were all on 3rd down). We need to liquidate his - as MB put it - 'perceived' worth. Now. Throw him together with a 3rd rounder and try and get us a first round pick so that we can get a safety, or a high second. Anyone, just make sure they contribute to the team. What do we lose in Olsen ? Is he irreplaceable ? Is he fuck ! What does he do ? He distracts Cutler for starters. That's just dangerous. Cutler locks in on Olsen and doesn't let go - laser targeting that won't switch off unless Shabba is on the field. And I want Cutler in bed by ten - so to speak.
    We have Dez and Kellen Davis who can both block and catch surprise of all surprises. And Angulo was just brought on board, looks like Mamu is on his way. Why else are they coming ....? Chrlie don't surf ? Olsen don't block ...

    But let us be fair......

    Greg Olsen cannot break tackles. The man is almost 260lbs, bigger than most linebackers, yet cornerbacks hit him and he drops like a sack of spuds.

    2.7 YAC ? Translation - He gets hit and falls forward immediately onto the ground like aforementioned sack of spuds.

    One out of every two games he had 3 catches or less.

    Scratch the blowout Arizona game and the 3 TDs - he averaged one TD every 3 games.

    And that's the key to your offense Jeff ? A non-productive pussy at the tight end position ? Wow. Okay, I pick Jay Cutler.

    And we're not entirely alone here ....

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009-season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long.
    Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

  • In reply to dutsami:

    This is what I see. I see a team that is a c#nt hair away from being the worse team since the 1995 Bears. I also see a team that can be very competitive if we get off our high horses and trade away some players that will not hurt our performance on the field. Now if Jeff thinks Olsen could only be traded for a bag of balls and 4th or 5th round draft picks, then what can does that say about his "real value" not a "fantasy land" perceived value. Holding onto players like Olsen when Martz is trying to snatch up another tight end as we speak seems to indicate an emotional attachment which is very dangerous in the NFL. This is the big league gents and I think its a huge mistake not to shuffle the deck especially when our asses are so near the proverbial crack. Its going to take bold intelligent moves that will save the day, not emotional ones.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...that hair you speak of.. Would that be finer than a frog's hair?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    spit 3 ways lobo, split 3 ways

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    NICE!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Blogfather...are you o.k.? I am reading deeper into your blog and wondering if the Halas Hoax/Spell is upon you. Are you really Jeff or are you Larry Mayer hideing or beloved Blogfather?

    DAMN YOU SATAN BEGONE!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Do frogs have c*nt hair ? Maybe the sixteen year olds do. More to the point ... has Greg Olsen ? BOOM ! BADA BING ! SCCHHAAA-WIINNNNG !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No, thank you, Thank you, I'll be here all season ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish..Thank you.thank you very much... please try the veal... I'm here all season and don't forget to tip your waitress..lol

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I could care less what our TEs name is. Look, Olsen was a good pick, for as long as he lasted he was definately worth the roll of the dice that late in round 1. But the reality is he hasn't done anything amazing for this team. He isn't even the best all around TE on the roster much less the key to the offense. Martz has said he will find a way to fit him in.... translated that means; well he isn't what I want at the position but I have to deal with the cards I'm dealt and we have no day 1 picks and a shallow FA market so.... Am I still sore over the double fumble game against Carolina one driving and in the Red Zone and the other giving them the ball in the Red Zone; yes. But noone outside of Chicago is trading him to their favorite team on Madden, he is no Gates or Gonzalez, hell he isn't even a Shockey, he is just a decent pass catching TE who can't run block well. Why all the love, oh wait he did go to Miami; and every TE from there will be great. Just like Klaussen will be the next Montana because he went to ND.

    Interior Lineman, Safeties, a DE. There is your list, you fill that and see a 6'3" WR sitting around hire him too but I don't know why we are looking at TEs and RBs.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    FTW...on target.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Agree!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    If you're wrong Jeff what do you think that says about your argument? lol.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Hi Jeff.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    There's a power struggle going on at Halas Hall. Who's running the show ? Angelo appears to be keeping Olsen ... (from the Sun-times, http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2073159,CST-SPT-bear27.article)

    There has been speculation that Greg Olsen might be deemed expendable because tight ends are primarily blockers in coordinator Mike Martz's offense. Angelo all but ruled that out as well.

    ''It's a possibility,'' he said when asked if he would consider trading a player for a pick. ''Do I see it happening? Probably not. If it did happen, it would happen on offense because that's where we're going to have the most change.

    ''A name was brought up to me [Thursday] night about a potential player who might not be a real good fit,'' Angelo said, presumably referring to Olsen. ''I know his name has been bantered around. Players look at themselves and how they fit. That's just normal. They want to know. But we're in the business to keep our good players. We're in the business to make sure our schemes facilitate our better players. To me, that's what good coaching is about. Us trading someone away at this point, I don't see that happening.

  • Tice is the Oline coach

  • Convert Anderson to a linebacker, which he is physically at 6'4 255Lbs - we're going 3-4 under Cowher as soon as the circus leaves town.

  • Tape for you Joseph. You may need medication before watching ... also there will be no 2 TE sets in his offense. But Forte will have 80 catches. Now for all the intelligent Olsen supporters - comment on these videos. They are selective, sure, but tell me this man is tough.

    Greg Olsen polarising fans has spawned a follow on from Film room on Olsen :

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poCIF8kraTQ&feature=sub

    'Olsen losing 1 on 1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    Olsen v Rams (Parental discretion required)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

  • I'm sure Greg's a nice kid. I'm sure he did everything they told him to do in Miami. I'll even bet he phones his mom after the game on Sundays. But he is the most embarrassing player ever to play the position of tight end for the Chicago Bears. I mean, name me a bigger girl's blouse to play the position. Walter Payton is turning his grave right now watching this guy in a Bear's jersey. For there is a player on the Bear's offense who is allergic to physical contact and does not give his team the best chance of winning.

    Hopefully now that it's the main topic on a blog we can lay it to rest - this is going down the Kyle/Rex polarisation route amongst Bear fans. It's been a long time talking about Greg, going around the boards seeing if you're the only one who sees that the Emperor has no clothes - that there's a massive farking elephant in the room. But there are others. At first you don't believe it - he's a first round pick after all. And then you remember where Jerry Angelo went to school and it all becomes clear. The games are played. The stats are logged. The visual impact is received. The season ends. The truth is there for all to see.

    Greg Olsen is a big girl.

    It's not just that he can't block - he's extremely reluctant to get physical with players - he's *afraid* to block. He gets physically dominated by much smaller players who have heart and toughness. He mentally drops 60lbs and dumps his adrenaline when approached by another player. This guy was badly bullied as kid. Pictures tell a thousand words, watch any tape or one of Roy's 4 videos. The desire to kill and dominate just isn't there. No Bear roars inside Greg Olsen. Will it one day ? Perhaps. But we're looking for Walter. We're looking for *toughness* from our Bears. The Hamptons, the Dents, the Singletaries, the McMahons, the Ditkas, the Butkus'.... the Paytons. Not some first round be-atch who puts everything at risk because he can't do his job. And I'm not going to rip on him for dropped passes, let's be fair. He drops less than most TEs, I think he had five this year (it just seems like they were all on 3rd down). We need to liquidate his - as MB put it - 'perceived' worth. Now. Throw him together with a 3rd rounder and try and get us a first round pick so that we can get a safety, or a high second. Anyone, just make sure they contribute to the team. What do we lose in Olsen ? Is he irreplaceable ? Is he shite ! What does he do ? He distracts Cutler for starters. That's just dangerous. Cutler locks in on Olsen and doesn't let go - laser targeting that won't switch off unless Shabba is on the field. And I want Cutler in bed by ten - so to speak.
    We have Dez and Kellen Davis who can both block and catch surprise of all surprises. And Angulo was just brought on board, looks like Mamu is on his way. Why else are they coming ....? Charlie don't surf and Greg don't block ...

    But let us be fair......

    Greg Olsen cannot break tackles. The man is almost 260lbs, bigger than most linebackers, yet cornerbacks hit him and he drops like a sack of spuds.

    2.7 YAC ? Translation - He gets hit and falls forward immediately onto the ground like aforementioned sack of spuds.

    One out of every two games he had 3 catches or less.

    Scratch the blowout Arizona game and the 3 TDs - he averaged one TD every 3 games.

    And that's the key to your offense Jeff ? A non-productive blouse at the tight end position ? Okay, I pick Jay Cutler. Next.

    And we're not entirely alone here ....

    From :

    http://midwayillustrated.com/2010-archives/february/2009-season-wrap-up-wrs.html

    "Overall Olsen has the highest total of low production games of any player on the team with five games in which he scored below what would be considered average production or performance. Olsen was thrown at more than any other receiver on the team with a total of 105 balls thrown his way and his percentage caught was lowest on the team at 56.2-percent over the course of 16 games.

    These numbers point to the reasons why most Bears fans are pretty infuriated at Olsen's incosistency throughout the season, it shows up in the numbers. Despite leading the team in receptions, despite being targeted the most by Cutler, Olsen was the least consistent receiver on the team. There is little doubt that Olsen's athleticism and size combination is amongst the best in the NFL, but his consistency needs to back it up. When you toss in Olsen's pure lack of heart and desire as a blocker, coupled with the lack of opportunities for the TE in Mike Martz's offense, it's no wonder Olsen has been at the heart of trade rumors early in this off-season."

    And here's where the arguments should stop. If anyone is at all confused about why some fans doubt this guy's heart ... just watch .... turn down the sound if you want ... but do the rest of us the favor of watching, so that we don't have keep writing about Greg Olsen all year long.
    Can't do it anymore. Let this be it. We need men on the Bears' roster. Goodbye Greg.

    'That's your Greg Olsen'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/7/GnomlSqyPVw

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/02/biggs-breaking-down-bears-tight-ends.html

    'Toughness, thy name is Desmond Clarke'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/0/poCIF8kraTQ

    'Greg Olsen v Rams'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/23/PtRa0OFCTwY

    'Olsen losing 1-on-1s with 55lbs advantage'
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sportsfansnetwork#p/u/1/0CCYTO2FSSE

  • Mman, I've tried to post my Olsen response yay times now. Anyone else getting moderation messages ? Even when you take out all the necessary words used to describe players that lack heart and toughness ... it's like the blog s/w is an Olsen fan ...it knows...

  • But what's going on with Lovie saying Manning is our SS ? he drops a total clanger like that and not a word said. Does that mean they're moving Afalava to FS ? And why is Kevin Payne blogging on WCG ? Shouldn't he be on the next bus out of Chicago ?

  • Another good post Jeff! Unlike most of the other folk bitching because Jebus forbid you call them a name. I also think I understand what you are saying that Olsen is the "key" to this offense.
    Also, I don't see any way(if Tinoisamoa is elsewhere) that Williams beats out Hunter in the spot he excelled best. Don't get me wrong, Williams is a keeper for sure! He has done his job every time we asked him to. And his job, like it or not, is to backup 54, Briggs, and Hunter/Tinoisamoa. His other job is to kill somebody on SpecialTeams, and yeah hes good at that too.
    By the way, kodos to Hunter for the Brain donation.

  • In reply to Church:

    Share with us Enderwiggin, please, I for one am all ears. Olsen is the "key to our offense" in what way exactly ? I'm strapped in here .... (bear in mind that the offenses of Mike Martz have at most produced 38 catches)

  • FUCK THE PACKERS.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwFk_TdRu_0

  • We don't need to wait - Martz has already been very vocal on the subject. TEs block in his schemes and that's it. Any pass catching is done by receivers and the back will catch 80 passes. No one suggested trading Olsen for anything lower than a third ... that's as high as he should have been drafted.

  • And by the way, ....if they get Manu "How would Martz use Olsen?". I think "as trade material" would be the pertinent answer.

    Are the Ghost Halas and Jeff the same person ? Have the same tone .... agree about the same things that were never said. Curiouser and curiouser .....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Very "intelligent" Irish. You are without a doubt one of the smartest contributors to this blog. Well done.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "I want to let em know that they've been hit, this is what I like to do, punish the man". Dick Butkus.

    Earth to Lovie: Is there anybody on our squad that fits this mold? If not, go out and find one.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh thats right, I forgot we have Olsen. Never mind.

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