Shutting Down Panthers TE Greg Olsen Key for Broncos Pass D in Super Bowl 50

January 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After watching the Carolina Panthers hang an NFC Championship Game-record 49 points on the Arizona Cardinals, there's little question the Denver Broncos' top-ranked defense faces its stiffest test of the season in Super Bowl 50.
While finding a way to contain Panthers quarterback (and presumptive 2015 NFL MVP) Cam Newton no doubt tops Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' to-do list over the next 10 days or so, that will only get the Broncos halfway home where shutting down the Panthers' aerial attack is concerned.
For Denver to succeed in that regard, it also has to find a way to put the clamps on tight end Greg Olsen.
Over the past two years, Olsen has emerged as Newton's top target in the passing game. In fact, with young wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin out for the entire 2015 season, Olsen became Newton's go-to guy and then some. Not only did the ninth-year pro eclipse 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive year, but Olsen had nearly as many catches and...

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