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The Drive Wednesday 5-16-12-Panthers TE Greg Olsen joins us in studio to talk about his trade from Chicago, his expectations of this offense, and we get his thoughts on what the New Orleans Saints will react to their off-season troubles.
Olsen talked to us about off-season workouts and expressed enthusiasm about starting OTAs next week. After the lockout last year, teams didn’t have ample time to get out on the field and get the physical reps they needed for preseason fine-tuning. This year is a different story.
“I think there’s nothing but optimism amongst the coaches, the players,” said Olsen. “I think the city feels really good and is really starting to pick up their enthusiasm behind us, and part of that falls on us giving them something to cheer about and be excited about.”
When we asked about his feelings about being traded last year, Olsen had nothing but good things to say. The adjustment was seamless, both professionally and personally. Olsen voiced contentment about living in the Charlotte area, and he went on to explain his reasons that Carolina is a good spot for him professionally as well.
“I wouldn’t trade being on this offense, being on this team for any team. If I could hand pick a place to be, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to be here,” said Olsen.
Olsen was part of Carolina’s top 7 offense last season, one that is likely to go top 5 this season. We asked him about his thoughts on the Carolina defense in the upcoming season. He commented on last year’s “decimated” defense due to injuries and noted his confidence in several players coming back from injuries—John Beeson, Thomas Davis, and James Anderson.
“It’s a whole offensive philosophy and I think that’s why Chud has been good so good because its not just hey we’re going to force feed the ball to one particular person and one particular spot. It’s a full array of weapons…The more guys you have to throw at defenses the harder it is for them to defend.”