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Bernard Pollard explains why the Texans should play hard for Gary Kubiak

Bernard Pollard, Kevin Bentley, Kassim Osgood AP

At 5-7, the beleaguered Texans defense has a great reason to give it their all over the next month: self-preservation.

If the Texans continue to slide, there may be a coaching change with head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Frank Bush leaving town.  Safety Bernard Pollard knows what that usually means for players.

“I’m not saying [the coaches] are gone,” Pollard told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t know what’s going on. But [new coaches] would bring in their players. If you’re on the bubble, you’re gone. If they have to question your effort, you’re gone. If they don’t like you, or if they didn’t draft you, you’re gone.”

Pollard speaks from experience.  He got the boot in Kansas City before becoming a difference maker in Houston last year.   This season, Pollard’s struggles in pass coverage have made a terrible secondary worse.

“I don’t think some of the guys understand that,” Pollard said.   “You’re dealing with a lot of young guys and a lot of guys who have only been in this situation. They only know Kube. They only know these coaches. You bring in somebody else, they’re going to shake this thing up.”

We said it before, but only massive organizational failure at every level can create a defense as bad as the 2010 Texans.  They are wasting a terrific season from Arian Foster and another year of Andre Johnson in his prime.  Pollard seems to know it.

“You don’t want to be that team, where everybody says, ‘Let’s get things started up against them,’ but right now, we’re that team,” Pollard said.

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6 Responses to “Bernard Pollard explains why the Texans should play hard for Gary Kubiak”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 9, 2010 11:45 AM

    NO, they should play hard because they are professionals getting paid MILLIONS to play a game, that they in theory love. Whether you like your job every day or not, it’s your DUTY to give it your all. They should play as hard as possible because their owner (and fans) are paying their salaries and that’s their JOB. Otherwise, give back the pro-rated amount of your salary and watch at home (like Fat Albert). PERIOD.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 9, 2010 1:03 PM

    Don’t hire Shannahan if he gets the boot from Washington. He might overhaul something that is already good (Redskin Defence of last year) and neglect something that needs alot of work (Redskin Offence of last year).

  3. brasho says: Dec 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Dec 9, 2010 11:45 AM

    Whether you like your job every day or not, it’s your DUTY to give it your all. They should play as hard as possible because their owner (and fans) are paying their salaries and that’s their JOB.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Says “thereisalwaysnextyear” from his desk at work. Were you “giving it your all” for your job in that post?

  4. bonecity7 says: Dec 9, 2010 1:42 PM

    brasho,

    GREAT observation!! My thoughts EXACTLY when I was reading that post!!!

  5. tombradyswig says: Dec 9, 2010 2:07 PM

    “I’m not saying [the coaches] are gone,” Pollard told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t know what’s going on. But [new coaches] would bring in their players. If you’re on the bubble, you’re gone. If they have to question your effort, you’re gone. If they don’t like you, or if they didn’t draft you, you’re gone.”

    Pollard finished with…

    “If you’re Bernard Pollard, you’re gone.”

  6. db105 says: Dec 9, 2010 2:31 PM

    All the reason for non guaranteed contracts

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