Igor Olshansky, one of two San Diego Chargers with state-of-Oregon ties, probably has become a household name within the locker room of the New England Patriots.
The defensive end from the University of Oregon went on the offensive after last week's Charger victory at Indianapolis sent San Diego into Sunday's AFC championship game with the Pats.
'The way we're playing right now, nothing can stop us,' Olshansky said. 'The way that we overcome adversity and everything else, I guarantee you that (New England coach Bill) Belichick and everybody else over there are scratching their heads saying, 'Man, we better get ready. … '
'Seriously, I mean, they're more worried than we are, I promise you. Believe me. They know what's up.'
Olshansky ranks ninth on the Chargers in tackles with 48 and is tied for third in sacks with 3.5.
San Diego upset the Colts thanks in part to a 27-yard screen pass caught by former Franklin High quarterback Legedu Naanee, a rookie from Boise State. Naanee, who has nine catches for 96 yards this season, also has been valuable as the scout team QB in practice. His work emulating Tennessee's Vince Young drew praise all around, including from CBS analyst and former New York Giant QB Phil Simms, who noted that Naanee appeared to throw the ball and move his team better against the Charger defense than Young and the Titans were able to do.
After San Diego beat Tennessee, Charger coach Norv Turner called Naanee 'a heck of a player' and added that 'he's going to be a very good player here for a long time. He did a great job with it. He showed me things in time we'll incorporate in our offense. He can give us another dimension.'
- Tribune staff