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Bears expect Greg Olsen to make “big jump” this year

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There were two popular Greg Olsen themes last offseason:

1. Olsen was on the trade block — before and after the draft.

2. Mike Martz insisted repeatedly that Olsen would fit his offense, to the point that Olsen got tired of talking about the issue.

The actual season was a mixed bag.   Olsen seemed to adjust to the system fairly well, but his production declined to only 41 catches and 404 yards before a big playoff game against Seattle.

Now that we’re back in the offseason again, we’re back to the Bears saying Olsen’s role is only going to grow.

“I thought he did a lot of good things, last year,” G.M. Jerry Angelo said to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  “But I think you’ll see a lot more things, more consistently, because of the familiarity that our coaches have with him.

More from Angelo later: “I expect him to make a big jump as well, next year. No reason to believe he won’t.”

Martz said that Olsen’s stats were “not what they could, and probably should be” in 2010.  If the stats do improve in 2011, we’ll really know how the Bears feel about Olsen.

His contract is up after the season and Martz’s offense may not be the best fit for him, no matter what the Bears say.

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17 Responses to “Bears expect Greg Olsen to make “big jump” this year”
  1. ponci21 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:58 AM

    Cutler needs to realize Olsen is his best receiver, once he figures out if/when he injured his knee.

  2. lrt79 says: Mar 29, 2011 10:10 AM

    ponci, Cutler has little to do with it. You’d know that, if you knew the least bit about football, in a Martz offense the ball is supposed to be thrown to a spot where the receiver will be. Who is open has little to do with it unless the play breaks down (which happens a lot with that offensive line).

    As much as I like Olsen, the Bears probably should have traded him last season. He could be one of the top three receiving TEs in the league if not the best, but he’ll be wasted in the Martzfence. Again. And he’ll walk when his contract is up rather than stay and be underused.

    So basically after next season we’ll lose Olsen – who’ll gain maybe 500 yards again if that – and get nothing in return for him. Maybe a comp pick when we could have gotten an extra second round pick out of him.

    Maybe I’ll be surprised though and he actually is used as the legitimate receiving threat Bears fans know he can be.

  3. ilpackerbacker says: Mar 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    Getting Martz was a horrible idea for the Bears. Matt Forte is by far their best offensive skill player – as a Packer fan, he is the one Bears player I’d take in a heartbeat. The Bears should revolve their entire offense around him.

    Imagine if they ran the screen with Forte the way the Packers used to with Ahman Green – that was some bread-n-butter stuff right there. Forte is a beast after the quick catch – he’d get first downs all day long. Oh well – better for the Packers that the Bears don’t realize this.

  4. iced107 says: Mar 29, 2011 10:31 AM

    Getting Martz was a mistake?

    Are you kidding me?

    He’s only a proven coordinator whose had a ton of success with Quarterback’s over the years….

    The only mistake Chicago has made recently was trading for Cutler.

  5. jc1958cool says: Mar 29, 2011 10:33 AM

    yea cutler was suppose to take a jump too!! how’d that work out!! da dearsssss suck

  6. broncobeta says: Mar 29, 2011 11:11 AM

    Uhmmm shouldn’t you be getting a deal done?

  7. bearsfan34 says: Mar 29, 2011 11:19 AM

    Love these dopes who still pile on Cutler for a knee injury that’s already been confirmed. Get over it. It’s not funny any more & it just shows ignorance bringing up something that has no merit.

  8. lrt79 says: Mar 29, 2011 11:23 AM

    How was trading for Cutler a mistake? Unless you’re an idiot who has listened to the ultimately biased sports media coverage (waaahhh, we hate Cutler because he doesn’t give us interviews waaaaaahhhh!!), you realize Jay Cutler gives the Bears offense the best chance to win while the defense still has it’s legs under it.

    Martz was a mistake with the offensive line we have. He hit paydirt with the Rams, and he improved the Lions and 49ers offenses, but that’s like saying my toddler is now ready for the Olympic 100-yard race because he didn’t fall down while trying to run.

    If we improve the line, a Martz offense can be great. If we don’t get a line that will protect Cutler for at least three to six seconds on pass plays, it’ll be more of the same.

  9. MichaelEdits says: Mar 29, 2011 11:24 AM

    I hear the star of FU Pamploma made a big jump.

  10. packfannchitown says: Mar 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    Olson can jump all he wants, Da Bears will still get swept by the Packers…

    Thanks for the Halas trophy fellas, it looks good up in Lambeau along with the Super Bowl trophy.

    In 2011 we’ll be taking the division back as well, you guys can slug it out with the Lions for 2nd/3rd place while the Vikes will remain in 4th…

  11. bearsblow says: Mar 29, 2011 11:58 AM

    Olsen Smolshen They will still suck!

  12. jutts says: Mar 29, 2011 12:10 PM

    Boy, a lot of Haters out there. Let me ask you? how far did your team go? Seems to me they made it to the NFC championship game. With a lousy offensive line, a sissy quarterback, an aging defense, and a crappy coaching staff. Maybe your team should be so bad….. Sounds like a lot of jealous bastards to me! The NFC North is the moving to be the Best division in the NFC.

  13. packfannchitown says: Mar 29, 2011 1:20 PM

    Boy, a lot of Haters out there. Let me ask you? how far did your team go?
    ____________________________
    One game farther than Da Bears baby!

  14. lrt79 says: Mar 29, 2011 1:24 PM

    Stay classy Packers fans.

    And jst remember that as bad as the Bears were at times last season, they still made it to the NFC Championship behind the worst offensive line in the league, subpar receivers, and an offensive gameplan that grew stale a decade ago. And yet they were still one third-string QB’s bad decision away from going to the Super Bowl.

  15. arnoldziffel says: Mar 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    Martz made his name with the Vermeil – led Rams. But, was it Martz or was it a team that simply had a lot of offensive fire power in the peak of their careers? I’d say the latter. The talent was there, and Martz just happened to be the coordinator who didn’t screw it up.

    In the following years, Martz himself flubbed as head coach of the Rams, and as offensive coordinator for the 49ers and Lions before signing on with the Bears … who had already been turned down by various offensive coordinators for the job that Lovey finally gave to Martz when no one else would take it.

    Olsen is a pretty solid tight end playing in a system where the quarterback is not allowed to call an audible, no matter what the defensive alignment.

    Cutler received undue amounts of criticism for sitting out the Packer game, simply because of the body language he displayed on the sidelines. In truth … he took one hell of a beating throughout the season due in equal parts to a patchwork offensive line, a collective group of wide receivers who are average at best … combined with a goofy offensive coordinator.

    Dumping Olsen and leaving Martz in place would be a very, very odd, counterproductive move. But hey, it’s the Bears.

  16. johnnycash19 says: Mar 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    Can anyone name a TE from Martz’s systems?

  17. lrt79 says: Mar 29, 2011 2:54 PM

    Arnold I would both agree and disagree. Martz did have a once-in-a-lifetime surge of talent with the Rams but he’s also very smart about putting together an offensive playbook. He’s also very stupid about implementing the correct plays. Just look at the Super Bowl the Rams lost to the Patriots. Marshall Faulk seemed all but forgotten that game (much as Forte was for parts of this past season), and if he had been used correctly, no way the Patriots win.

    The problem now and with the Lion and Niners is that Martz believes it’s his playbook that created the Greatest Show on Turf and not his playbook combined with that huge amount of talent.

    The games against the Jets, Vikings, Eagles and Seahawks proved this season that when Martz calls a smart game, the Bears can beat anyone. The games against the Patriots, Redskins and both final games against the Packers show that when Martz calls a dumb game, the Bears offense is as stagnant as a pool of millenium-old pond water.

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