Greg Olsen Says Cam Newton Is At His Best When The Lights Are The Brightest

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(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Yesterday afternoon Panthers TE Greg Olsen joined Marc James on The Drive. Olsen, acquired via trade by the Panthers in 2011, spoke about Cam Newton and his talents, but Olsen, the Panthers leading receiver this season,  also spoke about the team and their chance for a Super Bowl run:

Olsen was member of the Panthers in 2011 and 2012, going a combined 13-19. He was asked why Carolina is now successful after two straight losing seasons:

“I think things finally just started to click. Over the years we’ve had that process of just continuing to keep our heads down and press forward, and to continue to fight and prepare each week to win and then all of a sudden the fortunes just started to change…We were putting in too much work, we were putting in too much effort, we had too man good guys, good players, good coaches, we had too many positives to have so many negative outcomes.”

By winning the NFC South and going 12-4, the Carolina Panthers wrapped up a 1st-round bye in the playoffs, the 7-year vet spoke about the importance of that bye:

“I think at this point in the season, how late it is, how early our bye came, I think the rest is very welcome…It does wonders at this point in the season, with our bye coming in Week 4, we’ve had a long stretch, 3 months without a day off and physically and mentally it starts to pile up.”

Olsen led Carolina in receiving this season and he’s been here for each of Cam Newton’s seasons in Carolina. Olsen was asked if Panther fans should be worried about Cam’s inexperience in the playoffs:

“I don’t think you have to worry about Cam. I think when the lights are the brightest, he’s at his best. He’s played in some big games obviously in his career, in college and at this level and seems to shine the brightest then.”

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