“All tight ends, their first responsibility, they have to put their
hand down on the line of scrimmage and be a successful blocker, and
then they move to receiving,” Martz said Tuesday. “To just skip by that and say, ‘OK, he’s a terrific
receiver,’ well, then you may as well just put another wide receiver in
That could lead to a problem for Greg Olsen. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune relays the opinion of multiple scouts that Olsen struggled to block when asked last year.
Expect Olsen’s numbers to sink under Martz. The third-year player had an up-and-down season in 2009, but finished with 612 yards and eight scores.
Vernon Davis went from 31 catches to 78 after Martz left San Francisco, but at least Davis was highly useful under Martz because he’s a fierce blocker. Olsen has work to do just to stay on the field.