12 receptions. 169 yards. 1 Touchdown. Do you think the Bears beleaguered receiving corps could use those kinds of numbers? Those are the numbers for former Chicago Bear Greg Olsen, who is among the Carolina Panthers‘ leading pass catchers. Those numbers would rank Olsen second on the Bears behind only Matt “the one man band” Forte in catches and behind Johnny Knox in yardage. Those numbers are missed by Jay Cutler and the Bears, especially in the red zone.
Olsen returns to Soldier Field on Sunday after Mike Martz and the Bears traded him to the Carolina Panthers for a third round pick at the start of training camp. I say Mike Martz because it’s been widely known that since Martz arrived in Chicago, Olsen’s days as a Bear were numbered. Olsen is turning into a favorite target of rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the upstart Panthers offense, ranked 7th in the NFL while Jay Cutler and the Bears look like they’re stuck in the mud.
Bears tight ends Matt Spaeth and Kellen Davis have combined for 62 yards on 5 catches and 2 TD’s but neither has excelled in blocking, especially Davis. Wasn’t that the knock on Olsen? Isn’t that why Martz wanted him out of town, so he could get a “hand on the ground” TE? How’s that working out for ya? Just add this to the list of bad moves Jerry Angelo and the Bears have made this offseason.