After a career year with the Chargers in 2007, Olshansky grew displeased with his role in the defense in 2008 and his play suffered. He became a free agent in the offseason and signed with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was reunited with former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Olshansky, now seven games into his Cowboys career, took the time to catch up with SDBoltReport.com reporter John Connelly.
DE Igor Olshansky
IO: I didn't see a future for me. I think the Chargers didn't see a future for me. So I had to close my chapter with San Diego and start a new chapter with anyone that was interested.
JC: Do you still call San Diego home?
IO: No, San Diego is not home anymore. Dallas is home.
JC: What do you miss the most?
IO: I miss is the guys on the team and I miss the weather. That's about it.
JC: You lined up against Philip Rivers in practice for a few years and now Tony Romo. What makes these two guys Pro Bowl quarterbacks?
IO: They're talented, obviously. They're smart. They take their professional art, their craft seriously. They get it done on Sundays. They make plays and win games and I think that's how quarterbacking is judged. Obviously, accuracy, strength of arm and things like that are also important.
JC: What is it like playing in a new $1 billion stadium?
IO: It's pretty awesome. It's a great experience, great privilege to play in a stadium like that. So it's a lot of fun and I enjoy it every time I go out there, you know. The locker room is second-to-none and everything like that. So it's a first-class organization.
DE Igor Olshansky
IO: Well, you know you got a lot of space. Everything's brand new. The lockers are comfortable; flat-screen TVs everywhere; hot tub; you know, things like that.
JC: Any new tattoos?
IO: No, no new tattoos.
JC: Much is said about Jerry Jones in the media. What have you seen?
IO: He's a great owner. He really lives and dies football. When we win he's like the happiest man in the world and when we lose, he's sad. He's out there, down on the field, giving players high-fives, congratulating players, commenting on players making great plays. So you know, it's a new experience for me and it's a pleasant one.
JC: How do he and Chargers CEO Dean Spanos differ?
IO: I just mentioned what Jerry is. He's down on the field high-fiving players. You know, he's a former player. I think that's the biggest difference is that Jerry played the game.
JC: So they differ in passion for the game?
IO: Definitely. [Jones] is passionate. You want to do well for him and he puts his heart and soul on the team and you can see that with the new stadium.
JC: Barbecue versus Mexican?
IO: I love Mexican food and I love barbecue. It just depends on what comes where.
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