Tag:Greg Olsen
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 9:07 am

Greg Olsen can't catch a break

G. Olsen was denied the use of a local high school field to work out (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Like all NFLers, Bears TE Greg Olsen is locked out from his team’s training facilities, meaning he can’t work out in the weight room or run routes and work on his pass-catching on the field.

But here’s how bad things have gotten for Olsen: he can’t even practice on the local high school field.

"The other day I got kicked off a high school field trying to go out and do some field work, so it's not easy," Olsen said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000, via ESPN Chicago. "You have to find your spots and find someone that will let you use their field.

"[Players] already have done some research on some different places, and maybe as it gets a little closer [to training camp] if it looks like that's what we're going to have to do not being able to go over to Halas, then we'll have to continue to look at different opportunities."

Olsen said he lives down the street from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., and he’s used the school’s facility multiple times. Recently, though, Olsen tried to work out but was kicked off the field. He tried calling school officials, but he never received a phone call back from anybody.

More from the story:

Stevenson public information coordinator Jim Conrey said it's school policy not to allow the general public on the facilities during school hours.

"Here's my understanding – I believe he showed up unannounced during the school day and tried to go out on the field while we were trying to have phys ed classes," Conrey said. "One of the phys ed teachers asked him not to go out on the field."

Conrey said Olsen "challenged" the decision.

"If he wants to give us a call and work something out, we'll see if we can accommodate him," Conrey said. "We understand he's in a tough situation with the lockout. We can't have the general public showing up and disrupting classes. Mr. Olsen said he was a resident of our district, and I'll have him on his word."

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:58 am

Greg Olsen desires long-term deal from Bears

Posted by Andy Benoit

Remember the days when individual teams and individual players haggled over money? These dreary lockout days, with collective owners and collective players now haggling over money, can make you long for a good home-feeling contract squabble.
G. Olsen (US Presswire)
Alas, we don’t have a story about one to offer here (no player in his right mind would gripe over his personal contract right now). But we do have a story about a player seeking a contract extension.

That player is Bears tight end Greg Olsen, who understands the league’s current situation and still wants to make it known that he’d like to be in Chicago for the long haul.

"I’ve said, since the day I got here, that I’m very happy here," Olsen said, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "I’m very happy here. I feel like I’ve had a good four years and have really enjoyed my time.

"I know there’s a lot that goes into (an extension), with the situation with the labor agreement or what not. I would love to have that security and be here for a long time. There are a lot of things right now kind of out of all of our hands. We’ve got to let it play out. Once we get all this situated and get to free agency and all of that out of the way, we’ll see what happens."

Olsen’s contract expires after the 2011 season. His desire to remain a Bear is noteworthy given the way his role in the offense has somewhat diminished since Mike Martz came in. Martz has never been big on utilizing tight ends in the passing game. Indeed, last season Olsen posted his lowest receiving numbers since his rookie year of ’07.

It would make sense for the Bears to want to keep Olsen (at the right price, of course). With his ability to adjust to tough passes in tight quarters, the 6-5, 255-pounder is a valuable target in the red zone. He’s not a great blocker (the Bears never figured he would be), but he’s not the liability in this department that many originally assumed he would be.

In the meantime, Olsen will be in touch with teammates about offseason workouts while they wait for their collective contract squabble to play out.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Hot Routes 1.17.11 "big name" headed to Carolina?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Broncos officially named eight coaches to their staff, including holdovers Mike McCoy (offensive coordinator) and Eric Studesville (interim head coach after Josh McDaniels firing; once again the running back coach).

Gruden could be joining the Panthers as an offensive assistant. Jay Gruden, that is.

The Patriots and Falcons staffs will coach the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl squads. “We’ll scout the golfing,” Bill Belichick said of the opportunity.

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets player who was paralyzed in 1992 during a game, addressed Rex Ryan’s squad Saturday night. Not a dry eye in the room, it sounds like.

Bears TE Greg Olsen played decently Sunday.

Darryl Talley is upset that Vince Young disrespected him. But honestly, we don’t quite know why he’d care.

Charlie Weis has left town, but Matt Cassel’s tutor, assistant Nick Sirianni, is still around.

Charles Woodson on the Chicago Bears: “They’re in the way.” Nice.

Remember David Pollack? Cincinnati’s first-round linebacker in 2005 who was sensational in 16 games before neck problems ended his career? He’s a sportscaster now.

Needing a replacement for Rob Ryan, the Cleveland Browns are awaiting an interview with lightning rod (OK...just regular rod) defensive coach Dick Jauron.

Nnamdi Asomugha says it’s not out of the question that he’ll return to the Raiders.

Can you believe Mark Sanchez’s four road playoff wins is an NFL all-time record? (More shocking: one of the players Sanchez shares the record with is Jake Delhomme!)

Special teams coach Danny Smith is returning to the Washington Redskins.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:20 pm

Three things about CHI-GB first half

Green Bay has been pressuring J. Cutler in the first half (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three things I noticed from the first half of the Green Bay-Chicago game:

1. No running game means no problem for Packers: John Kuhn has rushed four times for 11 yards; Brandon Jackson has rushed three times for minus-three yards. But when Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his game, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Besides, Kuhn and Jackson have been relatively effective in the pass game, and Green Bay is doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball. Would Ryan Grant make this team better? Almost assuredly. But without him, the team might be OK, too.

2.The Bears OL can’t stop the Packers pass rush: Even though Green Bay, at times, was rushing one defensive lineman, the Packers still managed to sack Chicago QB Jay Cutler three times. But it’s not only the sacks. It seems the Bears are barely managing to give their QB any time to throw on any snap.

3.Bears still in it after looking bad: As mediocre as the Bears have looked this game – they’ve been outgained 180-159 in total offense (I actually thought it was much worse than that) – they’re still right in it. A bad line drive punt by Tim Masthay to Devin Hester, who made a nice return, and a long pass from Cutler to Johnny Knox set up a nine-yard TD pass from Cutler to Greg Olsen late in the second quarter. That makes it 10-7 heading into the halftime, though it should be much worse for Bears.

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