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Free-agent scouting report Chargers DE Igor Olshansky (UFA)

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By ProFootball.com
    Feb 15 2009

    This is the sixth in a series of scouting reports on high-profile free agents, in which we summarize each player's status, analyze his strengths and weaknesses, assess whether or not his team is likely to re-sign him, and determine the risk factor for the team that signs him. These scouting reports will be posted daily through Feb. 27, the start of the free-agent signing period.

    News: After spending five seasons in San Diego, Olshansky will opt out of his contract with one year remaining and become a free agent. With the Chargers extending DE Luis Castillo’s deal last offseason and with Ryon Bingham waiting in the wings, they’re not expected to retain Olshansky, meaning he’ll hit the open market. Teams in need of a 3-4 end or possibly a 4-3 tackle may look to bring him in to bolster their line. Following a lackluster 2008 campaign, the Oregon product should benefit from a change of scenery.

    Notes: Since Olshansky joined the Chargers in 2004, their defense has been in the top half of the league in points allowed each season, and they never have had a losing record. He switched from right end to left end prior to the ’07 campaign and proceeded to have his best season. That year he racked up 49 tackles, 3½ sacks, one interception and three passes defended. He has been a starter in San Diego since Day One. With so many stars on the team’s defense, Olshansky was often overlooked, but he always was a quiet contributor who didn’t crave the limelight.

    Strengths: Playing the difficult DE spot in the 3-4 formation, Olshansky has helped give the Chargers one of the league’s more formidable D-lines since entering the NFL in 2004. At 6-6, 309 pounds, he has a large frame and is very difficult to block coming off the line. He’s extremely athletic for his size and has tremendous strength, giving him the ability to easily shed blockers. His powerful lower body makes him stout against the run. He can create double-teams, freeing up his linebackers to get clear shots at opposing quarterbacks. He has the versatility to line up at either end or tackle, depending on the system in which he’s playing.

    Weaknesses: Olshansky can be very streaky. He makes some big plays but then disappears for long stretches. He doesn’t react all that well and isn’t an instinctive player. For a D-end, he doesn’t have much in terms of pass-rushing moves, totaling just 11 sacks in five seasons. He sometimes allows his emotions to get the best of him, resulting in unnecessary penalties. He has never reached 50 tackles in a season.

    Risk factor: Moderate. Olshansky, who turns 27 in early May, will give a team a solid defensive lineman with many good years still ahead of him. However, his production in the pros never has been stunning, so there’s not a whole lot of upside here.
     
  2. wrbanwal

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    don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya

    :bolt::bolt::bolt:
     
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    I think we should bring him in for a look! :icon_rofl:
     
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    Take Wilhelm with you Igor............

    All the best.
     
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    :icon_rofl:
     
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    Al will grab Igor as a tackle. His arms look like Darth Maul's face.
     
  8. Johnny Lightning

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    Cowboys | May be interested in Olshansky
    Mon, 16 Feb 2009

    Brian Davis, of The Dallas Morning News, reports the Dallas Cowboys may be interested in San Diego Chargers impending free-agent DE Igor Olshansky this offseason if he does not re-sign with the Chargers before free agency.

    See ya :wave:
     
  9. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    If he goes to a decent team, the Igor we know will be back. He'll be back if he stays here too.
     
  10. Dublin Bolt

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    The Igor we know?.......

    U mean the big strong guy who doesn't show up on sundays. The big powerful DT who makes little or no impression on a game.

    Igor will not be back in SD. If he goes to Dallas he'll be 'back' underachieving for Wade Phillips once again.

    A BIG waste of strength is Igor.
     
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    That was one season and that pretty much covers the entire defense... with the exception of Jammer, Dobbins, Cason, and occasionally someone else.

    Even Wilhelm was pretty good before last season.
     
  12. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    So you are advocating that we should now ease off the backs of the organization and give passes for last season?
     
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    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    I'm saying that I don't think it will happen. Our pass rush was great until last season. With Ted out of the picture and Merriman back, I think our defense will be back.
    Phillips was a non factor for almost the entire season but was Pro Bowl material before last season. Same can be said for Castillo. I'm not ready to ditch either of them.
     
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    I have to agree here.

    Whenever a defense loses someone of Merriman's caliber, it changes the complexion of everything. The blocking schemes for the offense completely change since they don't have to account for him. Merriman makes everyone else better since he presents such a disruption to an offense.

    Think of what the Giants' defenses in the 80's would have been minus a Lawrence Taylor. Pretty average I'd bet compared to what they were.
     
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    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Good, I am glad you have decided that injuries were part of the problem. That means that you will be cutting the Coaches some slack int he future. Right? :icon_rofl:
     
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    Igor was hurt this last season?? :icon_huh:


    If that's the case then let's see if he's healthy, sign him to a one year contract and see what happens

    :icon_shrug:
     
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    if they pick him up can we have Polk back???
     
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    The best thing that Igor ever did was punch Nalen in the side of the head. :yes:

    He should switch to power-lifting. :icon_eek:
     
  19. floridaboltfan

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    I think we should've tagged Igor instead.:icon_rofl:
     
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  20. Buck Melanoma

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    OK, you get rep for that. :lol:
     
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    I think I'd rather get Chris Canty
     
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  22. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I hope letting O****ski walk doesn't come back to bite us in the ***, If he breaks out and put's a few Pro-Bowls together we could look very bad.

    Besides, I think Rottrell was the main reason our D suck wind last year, I know we were bang up and all but if Merriman is the reason our D work's we're in a lot of trouble.
     
  23. Charger Dave

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    You mean like Clinton Hart will? :icon_tease:
     
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