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Greg Olsen.....the Most Over-Rated Tight End In The NFL

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 22: Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears watches the final minutes against the Philadelphia Eagles from the sidelines at Soldier Field on November 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 24-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Victor BoydContributor IAugust 2, 2010

As a life long Bears fan I bleed the orange and blue. As a child I watched Butkus and Sayers, I remember names like Bobby Douglass and Wally Chambers and the Bob Avellini era. During those dark days as a Bears fan one thing remained constant, and that was the Bears were a TOUGH team with tough players.

This brings me to todays edition of the Chicago Bears and the golden boy tight end...Greg Olsen.

All offseason I have read about the concerns Greg Olsen has over his role in Mike Martz's offensive scheme, this was based on the believe that Martz's plan doesn't incorporate the tight end in the gameplan.

The question I have is, what has Greg Olsen done in his professional career that warrants that concern from anyone?

First of all, Olsen is soft and if you don't believe me then take a look at last years game against the Steelers, when Olsen caught an out route and was hit hard by a safety. He disappeared for the rest of the game.

Secondly, blocking is as much a mindset as it is physical ability. he doesn't block because he is scared. Olsen is not a physical presence on the field at 6'5" 250 lbs. He is no near as atheltic as Desmond Clark, and isn't as physical as Kellen Davis.

And to those that might be huge Greg Olsen fans, this preseason (if he catches a pass) watch the DB's approach to hitting Olsen. It is a known fact that defensive backs hate taking on a TE with a head of stream, but in Olsens case they go at him as if they know he has no heart.

My advice to Lovie and Jerry is trade him to San Diego where his Hollywood good looks and teaming up with Antonio Gates ( a real tight end) will create opportunities for him to be what he really is....a second string pass catching tight end.

 

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