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Bernard Pollard flashes fire on and off the field

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Titans safety Bernard Pollard has gained a reputation over the years as a fiery player on the field and one capable of giving a strong quote off of it. 

Both sides were on full display Friday. During practice on Friday, Pollard was loud while communicating with his teammates on defense and then hit tight end Craig Stevens in the back with a ball at the end of a play. Pollard said after practice that he apologized to Stevens while explaining that it’s all part of the business of football. 

“Tempers flare,” Pollard said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “For y’all in the media, you see a guy do something like that and you want to say ‘He’s crazy,’ or ‘He’s a thug’ or this and that. But when you are playing a violent game like this you have to have an edge. You have to have switch.”

Actually, we’d say that sounds a lot like the kind of aggression the Titans were hoping to add to their defense when they signed Pollard. Throwing balls at teammates might not be the finest behavior in the world, but anyone who has been around a football field knows these things happen. At any rate, we don’t imagine the Titans are too upset by it nor by Pollard stepping into a leadership role by calling out those who think the Titans aren’t going anywhere this season. 

“Every team is different,” Pollard said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “This is a very athletic team, this is a very, very smart team. Now it’s about putting the product together on the field. They signed me here for a reason. Screw what the naysayers got to say, screw what everybody else got to say. I’m healthy right now, ready to go. I think our team is going to be a force to be reckoned with. At the same time we’re floating under the radar and this is where we need to be. We have a very talented team but at the same time, we still have some things to learn.”

The Titans might not live up to Pollard’s expectations, but it’s nice to see that the safety continues to live up to ours in his new stomping grounds. 

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15 Responses to “Bernard Pollard flashes fire on and off the field”
  1. r8rsfan says: May 31, 2013 5:16 PM

    Was glad to see him go when he left the Chefs so my Raiders didn’t have to see him twice a year. Dude will light a guy up.

  2. eweezy32 says: May 31, 2013 5:23 PM

    This is why I hate harbaugh, I am the biggest ravens fan and they cut a guy who plays like a raven. He’s a hypocrite and an over rated coach. Worst in the league at challenges pollard lays the wood and is a beast against the run. If it wasn’t for him against New England in the afc championship who knows what could of happened

  3. thesteelers says: May 31, 2013 5:46 PM

    We throw eggs and tomatoes at his family.

  4. jacunn2000 says: May 31, 2013 5:53 PM

    Dang… Now my Texans will have to see this guy twice a year…

  5. rockthered1286 says: May 31, 2013 6:21 PM

    BP has had more to say since leaving Baltimore than he did the entire 2012 season. Let me help you Titans- the more Pollard talks the more controversy he stirs up and the more people he pisses off. Nothing good comes from letting him open his mouth.

  6. camdenyard says: May 31, 2013 7:50 PM

    Yeah, BP can hit ya. He’ll also rack up a bunch of personal fouls, and he can’t cover. There was a reason Harbs didn’t want him back. Rewatch the last drive in the Super Bowl.. Painful.

  7. timtheenchanter1 says: May 31, 2013 7:51 PM

    And all that fire doesn’ t do him a damn bit of good when you run patterns at past him all day long.

  8. titansbro says: May 31, 2013 8:32 PM

    Loved this signing from day 1. Our D needed some swagger like this.

  9. lagg1 says: May 31, 2013 9:07 PM

    One thing about Bernard-when you step on the field to face him, your chin strap better be buckled.

  10. 23chameleons says: Jun 1, 2013 12:55 AM

    I appreciate the intensity but he gets flagged WAY too often for his aggression and is always looking to light someone up instead if making the textbook tackle.

  11. germanstingray says: Jun 1, 2013 8:29 AM

    Half of his flashes are for big hits. The other half are from him getting incinerated in pass coverage. The dude’s a liability in coverage, and he racks up too many penalties. That’s why the Chiefs and Ravens let him go.

  12. dhudge says: Jun 1, 2013 8:54 AM

    BP is excellent against the run, but can’t cover a pass to save him or his team. I liked BP and didn’t expect my Ravens to cut him, but I guess his mouth caused more damage to his career in B’more than his pass coverage!

  13. sweetcheezus says: Jun 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    camdenyard says:
    May 31, 2013 7:50 PM
    Yeah, BP can hit ya. He’ll also rack up a bunch of personal fouls.

    Yeah he had 5 penalties last season….. he’s a bad egg!!! :sarcasm:

  14. lombardiwinners2013 says: Jun 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    Was glad to see him go when he left the Chefs so my Raiders didn’t have to see him twice a year. Dude will light a guy up.

    eweezy32
    May 31, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT
    This is why I hate harbaugh, I am the biggest ravens fan and they cut a guy who plays like a raven. He’s a hypocrite and an over rated coach. Worst in the league at challenges pollard lays the wood and is a beast against the run. If it wasn’t for him against New England in the afc championship who knows what could of happened
    —————–
    You saying this revokes your Ravens fan license.

  15. tiggerblood says: Jun 2, 2013 5:21 AM

    To bad Harbaugh doesn’t strap a helmet on, this guy is blood thirsty. Please tell me the Titans play the Ravens this year.

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