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Black and Blue all over: Olsen's challenge

10/30/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Make sure you read this excellent analysis of why Chicago tight end Greg Olsen hasn’t had the kind of breakout season many expected from him. It encapsulates much of our Olsen-related discussion over the past months, from the summer hype he received to the advanced defensive schemes he’s faced, and also addresses a mistake the Bears made last week during their 45-10 loss at Cincinnati.

According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears unknowingly omitted Olsen from many plays as they shifted gears into catch-up mode. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner said the issue “has been addressed” and that it won’t happen again.

This will be an interesting dynamic. As we’ve discussed before, the Bears’ receivers have been a pleasant surprise this season. But to this point, none of them require special treatment from defenses. That leaves opponents to focus more on Olsen than they normally would against tight ends.

It’s up to the Bears’ coaching staff to find a way to break through those schemes.

Continuing around the NFC North: