“The question that immediately arose was, ‘Where do tight ends fit in?‘ I
was right there; I wasn’t naive,” Olsen told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. ”I know he’s one of the
best coordinators [in the NFL]. For me, the track record wasn’t there.
But I feel positive and optimistic, after conversations with him and
what we’ve done on the field, that I’ll continue to have a big role in
our offense like I have had the last couple of years.”
Olson feels sufficiently confident about his role that he envisions never leaving Chicago.
”In this process, never once did I say publicly or privately that I
didn’t want to be in Chicago,” Olson said. ”If it were up to me, I’d play
my entire career with the Bears. Obviously, there’s a lot more that
goes into it than that. But I’ve enjoyed my first three years here, and
I’ve gotten better each year, and I want to be a staple in this offense
for years to come.”
Still, any concerns Olson had were justified. Vernon Davis of the 49ers didn’t become one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league until after Martz left.