I spoke to Norm Chow for a few minutes today about a variety of topics, including the offensive line, the quarterbacks and the tailbacks. Here are a couple tid-bits from that conversation...
*On not having QB Pat Cowan this season: "Pat Cowan the human being was as important to us as Pat Cowan the football player."
*On Ben Olson: "Pat and Ben hada tough time in their careers because they were always looking over their shoulders. Hopefully Ben won't have to do that and will be relaxed when he plays. You don't want him to feel unsure. He has to know that even if he doesn't play well, that he is still the guy."
*On the offensive line: "I think we have a good offensive line. I don't think we have the depth. Do we have enough good players is the problem. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We just have to go do it."
*On tailback Kahlil Bell, who Chow said is an NFL-quality running back: "He is a major player in all of this. I really think he is critical to our success."