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Olsen poses challenge for new Bears coordinator

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By Dan Arkush

Obviously, the top priority facing the Bears' new offensive coordinator is the future development of QB Jay Cutler, whose failures in his first season with the team have been well-documented. But not far beneath the improvement of Cutler on the new coordinator's to-do list will be the ability to also get a lot more out of TE Greg Olsen, who quickly became Cutler's good buddy off the field but had a hit-or-miss connection with him on the field after many close observers predicted that he could be ready to become a perennial Pro Bowler. Olsen finished the season with 60 catches and eight TDs, both team highs, but never became the consistent downfield threat many thought he would become with Cutler slinging him the ball. "It just might be that Olsen has maxed out as a talent," one daily team observer said. "He never looked nearly as good when the lights went on as he did in shorts at the OTAs, when everybody predicted such big things for him. And he has never been much of a blocker."


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