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Pollard chafes at notion he was cut due to “mutiny”

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After the Ravens cut safety Bernard Pollard, we traced the move back to his involvement in the near “mutiny” that was reported by Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports during the 2012 season.

After signing a new contract with the Titans, Pollard chafed at the idea that his termination represented payback for stirring up trouble in the locker room.

Because he believes he didn’t stir up trouble in the locker room.

“Coach Harbaugh opened up the floor.  He asked us our opinion on things that were going good and things that wasn’t going good and things that we needed to change,” Pollard told 610 SportsRadio in Houston, via Bo Smolka of CSNBaltimore.com. “We as humans, we tend to want to know or ask people things, but do we really want to know the truth?  And so I spoke up, Ed [Reed] spoke up, and if it was something that Coach Harbaugh didn’t like, we didn’t know that until now.

“And obviously we would have to say as players that somebody took it personal, because for them not to come back and say, ‘OK that wasn’t a problem, there was no mutiny or anything else, I’m offended by that, because we walked away from that situation thinking, ‘OK, everybody’s on the same page, we’re all good.’  Like I said, I’m a little offended that the coach never stepped up and said anything.”

In fairness, Harbaugh did say something, a few days before Pollard spoke on the issue.  And while Harbaugh didn’t specifically deny the notion that he was settling a score with Pollard, Harbaugh claimed that decision to cut Pollad was “a cap move, pure and simple.”

It’s surely not that simple, for either side.  Pollard, for example, glossed over whatever it was that prompted Harbaugh to “open the floor.”  How many coaches press pause on a busy season to “open the floor” unless there’s a compelling reason to do it?

As Silver initially reported it, the discourse began after Pollard and Reed loudly objected to practicing in pads following a blowout loss to the Texans.  Harbaugh adroitly transformed the situation into an opportunity to allow players to speak their minds.  And it worked out well, given that the team won, you know, the Super Bowl.

But something prompted the inmates to try to take over the asylum after getting blasted in Houston, and Harbaugh apparently has tried after the confetti settled to get that element out of the locker room.  Along the way, he’s been wise not to publicly point fingers at Pollard or Reed.

Harbaugh also is wise enough to realize that any player who doesn’t understand the notion that coaches coach and players play should be playing for someone else.

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20 Responses to “Pollard chafes at notion he was cut due to “mutiny””
  1. dcapettini says: Apr 1, 2013 9:43 AM

    Add to that a lot of costly penalties and a suspension looming for the next one. I love Pollard and Reed, but 15 yards and a first down kind of puts a damper on my admiration.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 1, 2013 9:44 AM

    He should be happy he’s out of Baltimore.

  3. neepo13 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    Pollard can’t be serious. You can’t challenge a coaches authority and expect him to want you around. There is a right and a wrong way to express unhappiness and Reed and Pollard choose the wrong way. Pollard has now played for 4 teams in 6 years….. something tells me this isn’t exclusive to Harbaugh. Kubiak and his other coaches, obviously didn’t care for him either.

  4. imeanwhatisay says: Apr 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    being here in baltimore.its obvious that pollard did something cuz huff makes the same money as pollard like I said before on this form I love my team my city but harbaugh does not like to feel threatening by his players he cut McAllister the same way.pollard was a favorite here with a local radio show and spoke on one night If you can’t handle the thruth then why ask?

  5. pushier says: Apr 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    Pollard you always have that mouth going,you put down NE for running dink and dunk plays or for using a no-huddle offense.That’s not against the rules.Look at your offense Flacco throws the ball up for grabs to either Smith or Boldin.When Brady kicked Ed Reed ”THEY” took care of it like men,again you had to get your 2 cents in it.Hopefully this is your last stop so I won’t have to hear the ”mouth” anymore.

  6. ngatasteelersfan says: Apr 1, 2013 9:56 AM

    Pollard was intentionally let go so that the Bills, Jets or Dolphins could pick him up cheap and unleash him on the Pats 2 times a year.

  7. leggett17 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    Coaches should never let players speak. Most are morons and speak about “respect” like a guy at San Quentin – which if they even know WHO their Dad is, probably resides.

  8. ravenator says: Apr 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    The greatest franchise in the NFL simply does not make mistakes. Pollard was let go for a reason and it was very justified. Ravens can do no wrong, they are superior to your franchise in every aspect. They have a sensational front office, best in the league in fact. The other teams just cannot compare. Cheers!

  9. therealpittbull says: Apr 1, 2013 10:13 AM

    Pollard, like most old school thinking, New-aged players just didn’t fit. Coaches with egos need the ” yes sir” mentality, and don’t respect the players for their study and years of playing the game. Hmm…Especially guys that couldn’t play the game at the highest level, like Harbaugh. Newsome is a great GM, because he understands what players think, and makes things tick in the locker room. Harbaughis overrated, and all will realize that, after the loss of his two biggest coaches in the room, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

  10. riverhorsey says: Apr 1, 2013 10:19 AM

    Pollard was a locker room problem from the beginning. He was cut from Kansas City because of it and cut from Houston for it.

    Baltimore could of easily dealt with his 2 million salary due him this year if they wanted to. Pollard is a problem guy.

  11. randomcommenter says: Apr 1, 2013 10:35 AM

    How did Harbaugh opening up the floor cause a Denver DB to fall down on a Hail Mary play? That’s how the mediocre ravens won the Super Bowl, not any moves Harbaugh made.

    Flacco 48% completions to WRs other than Bolden. Good luck without him.

  12. rtookey says: Apr 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    Pats NEED to sign this guy immediately, solely so he doesnt injure another Pat on his next team.

  13. Moudabo says: Apr 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    It seems shady and a bit underhanded for Harbaugh to open his door to his players, and listen to their concerns, then to kick them out that same door for
    opening their mouths.

    Obviously whatever changes were made worked and
    won them the Superbowl. But it also shows that Harbaugh can and will carry a grudge, and will even the score at first opportunity, despite the success the players brought him. He sounds vindictive and two-faced to me.

  14. therealpittbull says: Apr 1, 2013 12:03 PM

    Riverhorsey: Stop making statements with no validity. Pollard was not a locker room issue in Houston, his coverage was. Baltimore had Ed Reed, who covered half the earth, so Pollard fit in well there. BTW… Troy Palomalu covers the over half. Pollard was a locker room, fan, and coaching favorite in Houston. I can make the statement, being here, and having friends that played and now play for the team. It’s comments like this and from the media that hurt guys careers.

  15. therealpittbull says: Apr 1, 2013 12:10 PM

    Ravenator, you must be on that good stuff they sold on the wire. The greatest franchise is in your division, and hold six rings. You did win your second, but its far off from Steeler Nation. And that goes for the bogus ” America’s team” crap too. Just because Texas has a lot of people living here, and believes the state is America, doesn’t apply. Pittsburgh is not only America’s team, but the world’s.

  16. bmorehomeofthewire says: Apr 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    Coaches Coach And Players Play!!!!

  17. rascalmanny says: Apr 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    Great. Just what the Titans need…more bad apples in the locker room.

    We got rid of VY, but still have CJ, Britt, and Griffin.

    Now we’ve added another bad apple to the mix.

    Anybody remember when the Titans had LEADERS and PLAYMAKERS in the locker room?

  18. lovefootball4life says: Apr 1, 2013 3:26 PM

    Someone call 911, therealpittbull has fallen and can’t get up after hitting his head on the floor.

  19. poespurple says: Apr 2, 2013 10:40 AM

    I meant to say paying one less than two. Sorry about typo.

  20. therealpittbull says: Apr 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    Lovefootball4life: I did slip my back….lol. I have fallen and can’t get up…LOL

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